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Technology Acceptable Use Policy

for 2013-14

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Internet Safety & Technology Acceptable
Use Policy Agreement

 

A.   Introduction

  • Louisburg USD 416 offers its students and employees access to state-of-the art computer technology, electronic mail, telephone, voice mail and the World Wide Web.  These technologies, along with other technologies now in use or developed in the future which facilitate communications shall be referred to as "œCommunications Technology."  The purpose of this policy is to define the responsible and acceptable use of Communications Technology, and to set forth the consequences for non-compliance with this policy. 
  • It is the policy of Louisburg USD 416 to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

 B.  Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children'™s Internet Protection Act.*

 C.  Louisburg USD 416 Rights and Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of all members of Louisburg USD 416 staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the children's Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children'™s Internet Protection Act and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the network administrator or designated representatives.

The principal or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for students who use Louisburg USD 416 Internet facilities.  The training provided will be designed to promote Louisburg USD 416'™s commitment to:

  1. The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in this Internet Safety Policy;
  2. Student safety with regard to:
  • Safety on the Internet;
  • Appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
  • Cyberbullying awareness and response.

Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children'™s Internet Protection Act ("CIPA".

 D. Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Student use of communication technologies is a privilege intended for the educational benefit of the student.  Students must comply with the terms of these guidelines, any applicable district Board policies, administrative guidelines, and operating procedures relative to the use of communication technologies.  In using communication technologies, the student will:
  1. respect the rights of privacy of other students and district personnel;
  2. remember that all student communications represent the district and thus reflect on the integrity, ethics, and good name of the district as a K-12 public education institution;
  3. apply the same standards of behavior, conduct, and courtesy as are expected in the school, classroom, or other district setting;
  4. comply with all laws, Board policies, and administrative guidelines regarding the use of copyrighted materials;
  5. not seek unauthorized access to school, district, other public, or private computer networks, computers, or electronic files for any purpose;
  6. comply with any and all related Board policies, administrative guidelines, and operating procedures relative to acceptable and responsible use; and
  7. agree to cooperate fully with any investigation of district technology systems. Users who identify a security problem with the district's communication technologies will not demonstrate the problem to other users, but instead report the problem to their building principal or the Technology Director immediately.

 E.  Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or "œInternet filters") shall be used to block Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

F. Inappropriate Network Usage

  • To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Louisburg USD 416 online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Specifically, as required by the Children'™s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called "˜hacking"™,and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
  • The following forms of use of communication technologies are unacceptable and inappropriate and will be considered violations of Board policy and administrative guidelines.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not necessarily limited to, temporary or permanent loss of use.  For example, it is unacceptable/inappropriate for students to:
  1. create, copy, knowingly distribute, or post a computer virus;
  2. send messages using someone else'™s name or provide personal information about another individual;
  3. send messages that are inconsistent with school rules; send a message that is sexist, racist, or otherwise prejudicial or inflammatory;
  4. send messages or download files that knowingly contain obscene language, graphics, pictures, or attached graphics files, either encoded/encrypted or un-encoded/de-crypted;
  5. send chain letter-type messages that are not related to coursework;
  6. engage in online chat sessions that are not related to coursework;
  7. lend his/her account and/or password to other students and/or adults;
  8. use personal technology devices, such as Wi-Fi enabled cell phones to interfere with district networks;
  9. use the district guest wireless network, 416Guest;
  10. use obscene, harassing or abusive language online;
  11. violate copyright laws;
  12. publicize his/her home address or phone number;
  13. attempt to log in to district computer networks as a network administrator;
  14. vandalize or otherwise destroy district equipment or data of another user;
  15. access or attempt to access any part of the district t computer networks or any part of a sub-system of the Internet without proper authorization;
  16. plagiarize the work of others in completing school assignments;
  17. use communication technologies in any way that violates school rules, administrative guidelines, Board policies or procedures, state statutes, local ordinances, or other laws;
  18. use district communication technologies for non-instructional or non-administrative purpose;
  19. use district communication technology for commercial purposes to solicit the sale of personal items, endorse political candidates (campaigning), or to solicit personal or financial information; and
  20. use district email for anything other than district purposes.

G.  No Expectation of Privacy - Access to computer and network services is a privilege - not a right.  All persons utilizing the District'™s Communications Technology recognize that their activity may be monitored by other employees of the District to ensure that their use of the Computer Technology complies with applicable law and with the terms of this policy.  Accordingly, all persons utilizing the District's Communications Technology recognize that they have no expectation of privacy arising from such use, and waive all privacy rights they may otherwise possess under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 arising from such use.

 H.  Notice of Policy - A copy of this policy shall be provided to all students and to all personnel employed by the district, shall be included in any student/employee handbooks disseminated, and shall be posted on the district'™s website.

I.  Consequences for Violation of Policy -“ Any user who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of a user'™s supervisor, or the Board of Education in cases which legally require Board action.  In the case of student users, disciplinary actions may include reprimand, termination of the privilege to use District Communications Technology, or suspension or expulsion from school in particularly egregious cases, or cases involving repeat offenses.  In the case of district employees, disciplinary actions may include reprimand, termination of the privilege to use certain District Communications Technology, or termination from employment in particularly egregious cases or cases involving repeat offenses.

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Created May 1999

Revised March 2001, February 2002, April 2003, May 2004, March 2005, March 2006, November 2006, October 2008, May 2009, April 2010, April 2012, May 2013.

*CIPA definitions of terms:

MINOR.  The term 'œminor' means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURES.   The term 'œtechnology protection measure' means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

  1. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in Section 1460 of Title 18, United States Code.
  2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code; or
  3. Harmful to minors.

HARMFUL TO MINORS.  The term 'harmful to minors: means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
  2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual arts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
  3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT.  The terms 'œsexual act' and 'œsexual contact' have the meanings given such terms in Section 2246 of Title 18, United States Code.

 



 

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