6-12 STUDENT COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE and INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

Approved: 4-9-03
Revised:    4-14-10, 6-13-12, 3-8-17

Board Policy:

The District shall encourage staff and students to use the computer 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 information resources 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 the computer and/or Internet shall be limited to times and circumstances that will not interfere with the education of students and consistent with this Computer Acceptable Use Policy. This policy shall be reviewed annually by the School Community Council of each school.  Recommendation for any changes or additions will be reviewed for approval by the School Board.

The information contained on District computers 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 information contained on District computers or accounts. Computers 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 in the account.

CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR USE:

1.   Privilege

a)   The use of Internet and computer 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 the power to deny, revoke, suspend or close any user’s account at any time based upon its determination of inappropriate use by account holders or users.

      b)   The information produced from Internet access or computer 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 computer access privileges and other disciplinary action.

                  c)   Students in grades 9-12 may obtain an approved school email account.  Outside email accounts such as Hotmail are not permitted or accessible while on school computers.  Electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to be private.

2.   Acceptable Use

a)   All Internet or computer equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes, goals, and policies of the District. It is imperative that users of the Internet or computer equipment conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, moral, and polite manner. All participants must abide by all local, State, and Federal Laws. The Internet user accepts the responsibility of 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. 

b)   The Acceptable Use Agreement must be signed by the student and parent when a 6-12 student initially enrolls in a District’s middle school or high school. In addition to this initial enrollment, all students shall receive yearly training on this Internet Safety Policy and Policy ECD “Mobile Computing and Storage Devices” at the beginning of each school year.

c)   Access to the Internet is made possible only through an appropriate provider as designated by the District. 

d)   All users of the Internet must comply with existing rules and acceptable use guidelines of this Policy and other applicable District policies.

e)   Internet access shall be filtered and monitored as per Utah State Law and CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act).

 3. Unacceptable Internet & Computer Equipment Uses

a) Any violation of applicable school/District Policy or State and Federal Laws;

b) Any activity that is immoral, disruptive, or contrary to the high moral standards that must be maintained in  an educational setting;

c)  Any attempt to bypass State, District, or school security (e.g. bypassing proxies or hacking servers or work stations, etc.);

d) 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 from others. Private browsing modes shall not be used on District devices;

       e)  Any commercial use, product advertisement, display of private information, or promotion of political candidates;

f) Any violation of copyright, plagiarism, trade secret or trademark laws;

g)  Any attempt to damage, disrupt or interfere with the use of any computer electronic information resource;

 h) Any attempt to access information beyond the users authorized access to any electronic information resource;

 i)   Any destruction, defacement, theft, or altering of District equipment, or use of the iPad without the protective case;

j)   Any storing or accessing of illegal, inappropriate, or obscene material on District-owned electronic  equipment;

k) Dissemination or disclosure of personal identification information;

l) Access to social networking or chat rooms, unless prior approval is given by the District; and

m) Vandalism, harassment, and cyber bullying are prohibited.

         i. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, or destroy data, hardware, software or networks. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses.

ii. Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another zuser’s work.  This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted email, cyber-bullying, posting of harmful information or pictures on websites, etc.

                        iii.Cyber bullying is defined as using the Internet, a cell phone, or another device to send or post text, video, or an image with the intent of knowledge, or with reckless 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 communication.

4.   Monitoring
The District reserves the right to monitor and review any material on any machine at any time in order for the District to determine any inappropriate use of network services. DOWNLOADING ‘EXE’, ‘COM’, ‘ZIP’, AND ‘MP3 OR OTHER SOUND OR VIDEO FILES FOR USE ON SCHOOL COMPUTERS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNLESS PRIOR APPROVAL IS GIVEN BY TEACHER. THIS INCLUDES STORING THEM ON SCHOOL SERVERS OR COMPUTERS.  These files will be deleted without notification of the user.  Educational use of these files must be cleared by the system administrator and/or the teacher.  In reviewing and monitoring user accounts and fileserver space, the District shall respect the privacy of user accounts.

         5.   Network Etiquette
All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a)   Be polite, use appropriate language, and avoid abusive messages;

b)   Do not engage in activities that are prohibited under school/District Policy or State and Federal Law. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities and could result in the loss of user privileges.

c)   Do not reveal personal identification information;

d)   Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users; and

  e)   Do not assume that communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.

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 computer equipment and will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers.  The District expressly disclaims any liability in connection with the loss of data resulting from delays, failure to deliver data, mistaken deliveries, viruses, backup device failure, or service interruptions caused by the District, the Internet provider, or by the user’s error or omissions. 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 how valid that information may be.

7.   Security

a)   The District shall implement security procedures on Internet access to protect against unacceptable use. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Users must never share or allow others to use their password or account. Users shall also protect their password to ensure system security and their own privilege and ability to continue to use the system.  All account activity is logged and monitored daily.

b)   If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.

c)   Attempts to log on to the Internet as a system administrator may result in cancellation of user privileges.

d)   Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access.

8.   Procedures for Use

a)   Students shall follow written and oral classroom instructions.

b)   Students may not install software.

c)   A user shall not play games or use the computer resources for other non-academic activities.  USE OF GAMES PLAYED OVER THE INTERNET OR THE LOCAL AREA NETWORK ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  

d)   Only registered students of the District qualify for Internet access under this Policy.

e)   Only the authorized users who have signed the User Agreement shall have computer access. Users are ultimately responsible for all activity while using the Internet.

f)   The school principal, vice-principal and/or responsible school/District personnel may suspend or terminate any computer user’s access for any reason whatsoever.

g)   All Internet or computer equipment access of a student is automatically terminated at the moment of withdrawal, graduation, or expulsion of the student from the District.

h)   All student Internet use must be under teacher/staff supervision.

  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 system administrator 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 obligation to discover all violations of inappropriate Internet access.

10.  Penalties for Improper Use

a)   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 computers. The first offense will be an eight-week suspension from the Internet; the second offense will be a one-year suspension from internet; and the third offense will be loss of Internet privileges for the remainder of the student’s school career. In addition to these disciplinary actions listed above, the building administrator may impose a one to ten-day suspension for each offense and/or recommend expulsion from school.

b)   In addition, pursuant to Utah State Law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any State computing and/or network system is a violation of the Utah Penal Code and/or other applicable Federal Laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution.

This form must be signed and witnessed in the presence of a school administrator or designee.

STUDENT USER:

I understand that computer/Internet use is a privilege and I will abide by the terms and conditions of the South Sanpete School District Student Computer Acceptable Use Agreement.  I further understand that any violation of the Computer Acceptable Use Agreement Policy is unethical and may result in loss of computer/Internet privileges, school/District discipline, and/or criminal prosecution. 

Date: __________________

Student-User’s Name (please print):                                                                                        

Student-User’s Signature:                                                                                            

PARENT OR GUARDIAN:

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read Policy ECB.  I understand that computer access is designed for educational purposes and is a privilege.  I also recognize that it is impossible for South Sanpete School District to completely restrict access to controversial materials, and I will not hold them responsible for materials acquired on the network.  Further, I accept full responsibility if and when my child is found in violation of this Acceptable Use Policy and the ramifications and penalties for improper use. I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Date:                                                   

Name of Parent or Guardian:  (please print):                                                                           

Parent or Guardian Signature:                                                                                                     

Witnessed by School Official (signature):         ________________________________________     

Name of School:                                              ____________________________________

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