Computer Network Access and Use

Acceptable Use Standards

All users (i.e. students, staff, administration, parents, school board members, community members and others) must sign the Acceptable Use Standards Access to Electronic Information Services and Network form before using the district's electronic network and information services. For parents/guardians, this is co-signed annually during the registration process.

Network Etiquette

Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Be polite. Do not become abusive in your messages to others.
  2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
  3. Do not reveal personal identification (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, ID numbers, etc.) of students, colleagues, or other individuals.
  4. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
  5. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be the property of the District.
  6. Be respectful.

No Warranties

The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Indemnification

The user agrees to indemnify the School District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District relating to, or arising out of, any breach of this Acceptable Use Standards: Authorization for Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services.

Security

Network security is a high priority. If a user identifies a security problem on the Internet, he/she must notify the system administrator or building Principal.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password confidential. Do not use another individual's account without written permission from the individual. Attempts to log-on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to network.

Vandalism

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the networks, software,

hardware, and data of the District, another user, the Internet, or any other network. This prohibits degrading or disrupting of equipment, software, or system performance. It also includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Users are responsible for any and all costs related to the repair or restoration of any damage done through vandalism. The District will use the legal system to seek restitution.

Telephone Charges

The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minute surcharges, and/or equipment or line costs.

District Purchase of Goods and Services

Any purchase or ordering of goods or services on behalf of the District must conform to the rules, regulations and procedures required by the District's business office.

Copyright Web Publishing Rules

Copyright law and district policy prohibit the republishing of text or graphics found on the Web or on District Web Sites or file servers without explicit written permission.

For each re-publication (on a Web site or a file server) of a graphic or a text file that was produced externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer and noting how and when permission was granted.  If possible, the notice should also include the Web address of the original source.

Staff and students engaged in producing Web pages must provide the Building Web Master with email or hard copy permissions before the Web pages are published.  Printed evidence of the status of "public domain" documents must be provided.

The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may provide permission. The manager of the Web site displaying the material may not be considered a source of permission.

The "fair use" rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent and permit limited use of graphics and text.

Student work may only be published if there is written permission from both the parent/guardian and student.

Use of Electronic Mail

The District's electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data files are owned and controlled by School District 68.  The School District provides email to aid students and staff members in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, and as an education tool.

Unauthorized access by any student or staff member to an electronic mail account is strictly prohibited.

The District reserves the right to filter email for content or viruses.

The District reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its system, without prior notice or permission from the account's user. Any email found to be relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message as would be put into a written memorandum or document.  Nothing should be transmitted in an email message that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.

Electronic messages transmitted via the School District's Internet gateways carry with them an identification of the user's Internet "domain".  This domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as being with the School District.  Great care should be taken, therefore, in the composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the name and reputation of this School District.  Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages transmitted to external recipients.

Any message received from an unknown sender via the Internet should either be immediately deleted or forwarded to the system administrator.  Downloading any file attached to any Internet-based message is prohibited unless the user is certain of that message's authenticity  and nature of the file so transmitted.

Use of the School District's electronic mail system constitutes consent to these regulations.

Internet Safety

Internet Access is limited to only those "acceptable uses" as detailed in these procedures.  Internet safety is almost assured if users will not engage in "unacceptable uses," as detailed in these Acceptable Use Standards: Authorization for Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services, and otherwise follow this Acceptable Use Standards: Authorization for Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services.

Staff members shall supervise students while students are using District Internet access to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for Internet access contained in this Acceptable Use Standards: Authorization for Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services.

Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are 1) obscene, 2) pornographic, or 3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee.

The system administrator and building principals shall monitor Internet access.

Rights to Data Stored on Network

All data stored on the District network is assumed to be work related and therefore is the property of the School District. When an employee leaves the district for any reason he or she can expect that his or her data will be removed immediately or may be transferred to another employee.

Network users sign the Acceptable Use Standards: Authorization for Access to Electronic Networks and Information Services form for access to the district network every time they are enrolled/hired in the district and any time the policy is amended.

 

6420R Administration Adoption: January 28, 2002

Reviewed: March 21, 2005

Amended: January 25, 2010