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6-12 STUDENT TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE and INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

Approved: 4-9-03
Revised:    4-14-10, 6-13-12, 5-8-19, 10-13-21

Board Policy:

The District shall encourage staff and students to use technology equipment, devices, and the Internet as an educational tool. The District has access to the Internet that is governed and supported by the Utah Education Network. Use of the electronic informationresources in the District shall be to improve and support the educational process by providing access to global information and improving communication between students, employees, parents, and community members. Other use of technology and/or Internet shall be limited to times and circumstances that will not interfere with the education of students and consistent with this TechnologyAcceptable Use Policy.

The information contained on District technology or accounts shall be deemed the property of the account holder as long as the account remains open and authorized by the School District. However, the School District reserves the right to monitor the informationcontained on District technology or accounts. Technology and Internet accounts are provided for educational purposes. Any use inconsistent with such educational purposes shall be grounds for terminating the account and/or confiscating the information saved inthe account.

CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR USE:

1.     Privilege

  1. The use of Internet and technology equipment is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, may result in cancellation of the privilege. South Sanpete Board of Education has delegated school and District administration the authority to determine appropriate use and thepowerto deny, revoke, suspend or close any user’saccount at any time based upon its determination of inappropriate use by account holders or 
  2. Theinformationproduced from Internet access or technology use shall be deemed the property of the District. This is confidential information to the user unless it is transmitted to others with the user’s permission. Violation of this Policy may result in the loss of technology access privileges and other disciplinary 
  3. Students in grades 6-12 may obtain an approved school email account. Outside email accounts are not permitted or accessible while on school technology. Electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to be

2.     Acceptable Use

  1. All Internet or technology equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes, goals, and policies of the District. It is imperative that users of the Internet or technology equipment conduct themselves in a responsible,ethical,moral, andpolite  All participants must abide by all local, State, and Federal Laws. The Internet user accepts the responsibilityof adhering to high standards of conduct and the terms and conditions set forth in all parts of this Policy. To remain eligible as a user, the user’s account must support and be consistent with the educational objectives of the District.
  2. The Acceptable Use Agreement must be signed by the student and parent electronically Allstudentsshall receive annual training on appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals through chat rooms or social networking websites and cyberbullying awareness response.  Each school shall also provide education and awareness on safe technology use and digital citizenship which empowers students to make smart media and online choices and parents to know how to discuss safe technology with their children.
    Utah Admin. Rules R277-495-4.E, C(4) (April 7, 2014
     Utah Code § 53G-7-216(3) (2018),  Utah Code § 53G-7-1202(3)(a)(v) (2018)
  3. Internet access shall be filtered and monitored as per Utah State Law and CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act).  https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act

3.    Unacceptable Internet & Technology Equipment Uses

  1. Anyviolationof applicable school/District Policy or State and Federal Laws;
  2. Anyactivitythat is immoral, disruptive, or contrary to the high moral standards that must be maintained in an educationalsetting;
  3. Anyattemptto bypass State, District, or school security (e.g. bypassing proxies or hacking servers or work stations, );
  4. Any activity that attempts to access or transmit immoral, obscene, pornographic, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude,defaming,harassing,threatening, disrespectful, or otherwise inappropriate images or information, or receiving such information fromothers;
  5. Any violation of copyright, plagiarism, trade secret ortrademark laws;
  6. Any attempt to damage, disrupt or interfere with the use of any technology electronic information resource;
  7. Any destruction, defacement, theft, or altering of Districtequipment;
  8. Anystoringor accessing of illegal, inappropriate, or obscene material on District-owned electronic equipment;
  9. Dissemination or disclosure of personal identificationinformation;  Utah Admin Rule R277-495-4.A(3) (April 7, 2014) Utah Code § 63D-2-102 (2009) Utah Code § 63D-2-103 (2008)
  10. Vandalism, harassment, and cyber bullying are
    1. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, or destroy data, hardware, softwareornetworks
    2. Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another user’s work. This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted email, cyber-bullying, posting of harmful information or pictures on websites,
    3. Cyberbullyingis defined as sending or posting text, video, or an image with the intent of knowledge, or withreckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will hurt, embarrass, or threaten an individual, regardless of whether the individual directed, consented to, or acquiesced the conduct, or voluntarily accessed the electronic

4. Monitoring

The District reserves the right to monitor and review any material to determine any inappropriate use of network services. 

5. Network Etiquette

All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Be polite, use appropriate language, and avoid abusive messages;

  1. Do not engage in activities that are prohibited under school/District Policy or State and Federal Law. Messagesrelatingto orin support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities and could result in the loss of user 
  2. Do not reveal personal identificationinformation;
  3. Donotassume that communications and information accessible via the network to be private 

6. No Warranties

The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services provided in connection with use of the Internet or technology and will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. The District expressly disclaims any liability in connection with the loss of data The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through this service.  All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain, and evaluate howvalid that information may be.

7. Security

  1. The District shall implement security procedures on Internet access to protect against unacceptable use. Security on any technology system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Users mustnevershare or allowothers to use their password or  Users shall also protect their password to ensure system security and their own privilege and ability to continue to use the system
  2. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator. 
  3. Attemptstolog on to the Internet as a system administrator may result in cancellation of user 
  4. Anyuseridentified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other technology systems may be denied 

8. Procedures for Use

  1. Students may not install
  2. A user shall not play games or use the technology resources for other non-academic activities. 
  3. Only registered students of the District qualify for Internet access under this 
  4. Only the authorized users who have signed the User Agreement shall have technology  Users are ultimately responsible for all activity while using the Internet.
  5. The school principal, vice-principal and/or responsible school/District personnel may suspend or terminate any technology user’s access for any reason 
  6. All internet or technology equipment access of a student is automatically terminated at the moment of withdrawal, graduation, or expulsion of the student from the 

9. Encounter of Controversial Material

Users may encounter material which is controversial and which the user or a staff member may consider inappropriate or offensive. The District has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate materials through a filtering and monitoring system. However, on a global network it is impossible to control the content of data and users may discover controversial material. Users MUST notify the school official of any inappropriate material. It is the user’s responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Any decision by South Sanpete School District to restrict access to Internet material shall not be deemed to impose any duty on the District to regulate the content of material on the Internet. The District expressly disclaims any obligationto discover all violations of inappropriate Internet access.

10. Penalties for Improper Use

  1. Any user violating these acceptable use rules, applicable State and Federal Laws, or posted classroom rules and District Policy is subject to loss of network privileges or use of any or all 
  2. In addition, pursuant to Utah State Law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any State computingand/ornetworksystem is a violation of the Utah Penal Code and/or other applicable Federal Laws, and is subject to criminal  Utah Admin Rule R277-495-3F (April 7, 2014)

The Student Technology Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy Agreement must be signed digitally at the time of student registration

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