7317 -- Students
SUBJECT: STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)
The Board of Education will provide access to various computerized information resources through the District's computer system ("DCS" hereafter) consisting of software, hardware, computer networks and electronic communications systems. This may include access to electronic mail, so-called "on-line services" and the Internet and use of social media and social networking sites. It may include the opportunity for some students to have independent access to the DCS from their home or other remote locations. Students are responsible for saving their own work on a thumb drive.
All use of the DCS, including independent use off school premises, shall be subject to this policy and accompanying regulations. Further, all such use must be in support of education and/or research and consistent with the goals and purposes of the School District.
Standards of Acceptable Use
Student use of the DCS is governed by:
∑ Technology Ethics Statement
∑ Policy 8271 Internet Safety
∑ Policy 7317 Acceptable Use Procedures
∑ 6470F Staff Access Release and Authorization Form (Please see attached Exhibit 6470A).
All such agreements shall be kept on file in the Information Services Office.
Generally, the same standards of acceptable student conduct which apply to any school activity shall apply to use of the DCS. This policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of the DCS; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all inappropriate usage. Administrative regulations will further define general guidelines of appropriate student conduct and use as well as proscribed behavior.
Student data files and other electronic storage areas will be treated like
school lockers. This means that such areas shall be considered to be
District property and subject to control and inspection. The Director of Learning Technology may access all such files and communications when authorized by the Superintendent of Schools to insure system integrity and that users are complying with the requirements of District policy and regulations regarding student access to the DCS. Students should NOT expect that information stored on the DCS will be private. However, confidential records will be safeguarded and accessed upon request of the Office of the Superintendent.
Access to Inappropriate Content/Material and Use of Personal Technology or Electronic Devices
This policy is intended to establish general guidelines for the acceptable student use of the DCS and also to give students and parents/legal guardians notice that student use of the DCS will provide student access to external computer networks not controlled by the School District. The District cannot screen or review all of the available content or materials on these external computer networks. Thus some of the available content or materials on these external networks may be deemed unsuitable for student use or access by parents/legal guardians.
Despite the existence of District policy, regulations and guidelines, it is virtually impossible to completely prevent access to content or material that may be considered inappropriate for students. Students may have the ability to access such content or material from their home, other locations off school premises and/or with a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events. It is the responsibility of parents/legal guardians to establish boundaries and standards for the appropriate and acceptable use of technology and communicate these boundaries and standards to their children. The appropriate/acceptable use standards outlined in this policy apply to student use of technology via the DCS or any other electronic media or communications, including by means of a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events.
Student access to the DCS will automatically be provided unless the parent/legal guardian has submitted written notification to the District that such access not be permitted. Parents/legal guardians may submit a written request to the building principal to deny or rescind student use of the DCS in accordance with law Commissionerís Regulations and/or District policies and procedures.
Refer to Form: 6470F Agreement for Staff Use of Computerized Information Resources form
Adopted: August 28, 2007
Revised: March 12, 2013