Board Policy 6420
Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services
Electronic networks including the Internet are a part of the District’s instructional program in order to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The District shall develop and maintain a technology plan.
The District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.
The use of the District’s electronic networks shall be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library-media center materials. Staff members may, consistent with the District’s technology plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.
The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.
All use of the District’s electronic network, must be in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the Board’s stated goal, or for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic network or District computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District’s Authorization for Access to Electronic Network and Information Services contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocols. All electronic communications and downloaded material may be monitored or read by school officials in accordance with district, state and federal regulations.
Each District computer with Internet access shall have a filtering device that restricts entry to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, harmful, or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall establish network safety measures that:
- Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,
- Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials,
- Ensure student and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications,
- Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities, and
- Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as, names and addresses.
Authorization for Electronic Network Access
All approved users must sign the District’s Authorization for Access to Electronic Network and Information Services as a condition for using the District’s electronic network.
All users of the District’s computers or other means of Internet access shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against inappropriate access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.
The failure of any user to follow the terms of the Authorization for Access to Electronic Network and Information Services, or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.