606A – Internet Appropriate Usage
All of the District’s automated systems, including electronic mail, Internet access and electronic storage systems, are District property. The District has the right to access, review, copy, modify, and delete any information transmitted through or stored in the system, including e-mail messages, web postings, and other online communications. However, Internet access records of students shall be subject to the student records policy, and the District will not disclose such access records without complying with the District’s student records policy.
Technology is a vital part of the District’s curriculum and Internet access is available to staff members and students in the District. Appropriate and equitable use of the Internet will allow staff members and students to access resources unavailable through other means. With access to materials from all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Because information appears, disappears, and changes constantly on the global network, it is not possible to control what students and staff may access. The District believes that the valuable information and interaction available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational objectives of the District.
Individual staff electronic mail addresses will be issued to staff members. District business shall be conducted on the District’s electronic mail address and not through personal electronic accounts of the staff members. Staff members may access personal electronic mail accounts only during personal time from District computers and such access must comply with this policy.
If a student has a personal electronic mail address, the student may access such personal account only with permission of the supervising teacher. Students are to be under staff supervision while on the Internet and are to be monitored to ensure that the students are not accessing inappropriate sites that have visual depictions that include obscenity, child pornography or are harmful to minors. The District will utilize technology protection measures to protect students from inappropriate access.
The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the user. These rules are provided so that staff and students are aware of the responsibilities they must undertake when accessing the District’s network resources. Staff members and students are required to make efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If a District user violates any of these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and further discipline may be imposed, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school.
Acceptable Use. The purpose of the District’s Internet access is to support research and education consistent with District goals and objectives by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of a staff or student account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the District. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network; however, students remain subject to the District’s general rules governing legal and ethical behavior when using such resources on District property or at District activities.
The creation, access, or transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state law, regulation or District policy is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: material protected by copyright, trademark, license, or other trade secret laws, and items which are or may be reasonably considered to be defamatory, obscene, pornographic, lewd, profane, indecent, discriminatory, harassing, or otherwise disturbing or harmful to others, including to minors. Use of network resources for commercial activities, product advertisement, political lobbying, and/or other activities in violation of federal or state ethics and campaign disclosure laws is also prohibited. Only properly licensed software authorized by the District may be loaded onto the District’s system, and no programs or files shall be downloaded from the Internet without prior permission of the District.
The Internet is available to all students within the District through teacher access. The number of available terminals and the demands for each terminal may limit the amount of time available for each student. To reduce unnecessary system traffic, users may use real time conference features, such as chat/Internet relay chat only as approved by the supervising staff member.
Privilege. The use of the Internet and network resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in a suspension or cancellation of those privileges or other disciplinary action. The principal or superintendent will deem what is inappropriate use in accordance with this policy and will take appropriate action. The principal, superintendent, or a system administrator may suspend or close an account at any time. Notification of any suspension or cancellation of an account will be given in writing to the user within two weeks of the action. Staff whose accounts are denied, suspended, or revokes may appeal such action using the staff complaint procedure. Students whose accounts are denied, suspended, or revoked may appeal such action using the student complaint procedure.
Network Etiquette (Netiquette). 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 use abusive or offensive language in messages sent to others. Sign all messages and acknowledge receipt of a document or file.
2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, profanity, lewd remarks, or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
3. Do not release personal information. Do not reveal personal addresses or phone numbers or other personal information or that of other students or colleagues except in accordance with law. Apply the same privacy, ethical, and educational considerations utilized in other forms of communication.
4. Note that email, web postings (including blogs, Facebook/Myspace pages, etc.), and other online communications are not private. People who operate the system and other school personnel do have access to all information transmitted through or stored in the District’s system. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities or activities in violation of District policies may be reported to the proper authorities or used against students in school disciplinary proceedings.
5. Respect other users. Do not use the District’s network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users, or would waste system resources. Remain on the system long enough to get needed information, then exit the system. Delete unwanted messages immediately. Do not send unsolicited e-mail messages (including spam) and do not use the District’s network as a way to harass, bully or intimidate others. Such behavior will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.
6. Protect property rights of others. Respect all copyright and license agreements. Cite all quotes, references and sources.
6. Compliance with Laws. Under no circumstances may any user engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal, or international laws, or that is prohibited by District policies or rules.
Reliability. The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages that students or other persons may suffer. This includes damages due to loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mistaken deliveries, or service interruptions, whether caused by the District’s own negligence or staff or student errors or omissions. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Security. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If staff or students identify a security problem with the District’s Internet or network resources, they must notify a teacher, principal or the system administrator. Students should not demonstrate the problem to other users. In addition, staff and students should take all necessary steps to prevent unauthorized access to their accounts, and may not use another individual’s account. Any attempt to log on to the Internet as a system administrator is prohibited. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the District’s Internet and network resources.
Vandalism. Vandalism by a staff member or student will result in cancellation of a staff member’s or student’s network privileges and may be grounds for other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious act or attempt to harm, modify, or destroy the computer property or data of the District or another user, the Internet or network resources of the District, or any other technologies used in the District.
This includes, but is not limited to, participation in hacking or the uploading or creation of computer viruses and other malicious programs.
Restricted Material. Users shall not intentionally create, access, download, or disseminate any text file, picture, or other material that includes material which is defamatory, harassing, discriminatory, obscene, pornographic, libelous, indecent, vulgar, profane, lewd, harmful to others, including minors, or which advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law, or which is otherwise prohibited by this policy. This includes insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injures or harasses others, and material that presents a clear and present likelihood that either because of its content or the manner of distribution will cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school activities or will cause the commission of unlawful acts or the violation of school regulations. If a user encounters such restricted material, the user should immediately terminate contact with the material and notify District personnel.
Unauthorized Costs. Users shall not access any service or site via the Internet that has a cost involved without prior consent of the District. Users accessing such a service without prior consent will have access suspended and will be responsible for all costs.
Account Information. The District will require all users to notify the system administrator of all changes in account information. Currently, there are no user fees for use of the Internet.
Monitoring. The District may monitor the use of District equipment, systems, and network resources at any time, with or without notice to users.
Harassment and Bullying. In accordance with Iowa law, the District’s policy against harassment and bullying applies to electronic communications such as e-mail messages, Internet-based communications, cell phones, and electronic text messaging while on District property, at District activities or District sponsored events. Staff and students shall not engage in harassing or bullying behavior via any electronic means, including those means that may not necessarily be a part of the District communications network system.
Internet Safety. To the extent required by federal law, the District shall monitor the online activities of minor students and use technology protection measures to protect against their access of inappropriate material online, including sites that contain obscenity, child pornography, or are otherwise harmful to minors. The District shall also educate staff and students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber-bullying awareness and response. This District education does not and should not take the place of, but shall supplement, the education parents provide their children at home about the importance of Internet and other on-line safety measures.
Training. The District will provide training for staff and age-appropriate training for students. The training will be designed to promote the District’s commitment to:
1. the standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in this policy.
2. Student safety with regard to-
a. safety on the Internet
b. appropriate behavior while online, on social networking websites, and in chat rooms.
c. cyber bullying awareness and response.
3. Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Student Use of Personal Communication Devices. The District prohibits student use of personal communication devices such as cellular telephones, smart devices, and PDAs for purposes not directly related to established educational programming. This prohibition applies during the school day and while participating in school activities, whether those activities are in the District or elsewhere. If a student has a question regarding the use of a communication device, including but not limited to whether the use of that device is prohibited by this policy, the student should contact the principal before using the device. The prohibition of these devices is required to prevent unnecessary disruption of the educational process.
Policy Maintenance. In compliance with federal law, a copy of this policy will be maintained showing the date and action of adoption for at least five (5) years beyond the termination of funding under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) or E-Rate.
Date of Revision: April 15, 2013
Legal References: Children’s Internet Protection Act, ___U.S.C. §1701 et seq.; 256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(10)