6:235 - Access to Electronic Networks

Policy 6:235

Instruction

Access to Electronic Networks

This policy, and its implementing administrative procedures, govern the scope of the District’s authority, and the safe and acceptable use of the District’s Electronic Network. “Electronic Network” includes but is not limited to:

  1. District-owned or District-issued computers, phones, or similar devices, including but not limited to any District devices issued as part of a 1:1 mobile device program (e.g., Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, Kindles/eReaders), regardless of how or where accessed;
  2. the District’s local-area and wide-area networks, including wireless networks (WiFi), and any District servers and other networking infrastructure;
  3. any access to the District’s servers, the Internet, or online apps via the District’s networking infrastructure, including but not limited to remote or proxy access, from any location and from any computer or electronic device; and
  4. any access to any online account issued by the District (e.g., G Suite) from any location and from any computer or electronic device.

Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior

The use of the District’s Electronic Network shall: (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library resource center materials. As required by federal and Illinois law and Board Policy 6:60, Curriculum, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including but not limited to: (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (2) cyber-bullying awareness and response. Staff members may, consistent with the Superintendent’s implementation plan and any administrative procedures, rules, and other terms and conditions of Electronic Network use, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.

The District’s Electronic Network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use. It is not to be used in conflict with the basic educational mission of the District. Use of the Electronic Network may be restricted in light of the maturity level of students involved and the special characteristics of the school environment.

Acceptable Use

All use of the District’s Electronic Network must be: (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy of any material that is stored, transmitted, or accessed via the District’s Electronic Network. The District’s rules for behavior and communications apply when using the Electronic Network. The District’s Staff Handbook contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including deleted files from a user’s account or device, may be monitored or read by school officials.

Use of the District’s Electronic Network by teachers, students or staff members is deemed "unacceptable" when: (a) that causes substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school or school activities; (b) violates the rights of others; (c) is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to the age or maturity level of the individual; (d) is primarily intended as an immediate solicitation of funds; (e) constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct; (f) threatens the integrity or efficient operation of any portion of the Electronic Network; or (g) is illegal or for illegal purposes of any kind. Unacceptable use shall be determined by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s Designee.

Internet Safety

Each District owned computer with Internet access shall have a filtering device that blocks access to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by federal law, Children’s Internet Protection Act, and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other lawful purpose, provided the person receives prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator.

The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:

  1. limiting student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials;
  2. ensuring student privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications;
  3. limiting unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities;
  4. limiting unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information such as names and addresses; and
  5. ensuring staff supervision of student access to online Electronic Network.

The District will monitor the use of its Electronic Network, including District devices or District-issued accounts that are accessed off-campus, to ensure compliance with this policy; its implementation plan or administrative procedures and any related rules; and any other disciplinary policies and regulations necessary to further the educational, safety, and pedagogical interests of the District.

Mobile Devices

The Board has authorized a system of mobile devices, in which each student is issued a District device for use as part of the curriculum. The use of mobile devices will be governed by administrative procedures and/or guidelines established by the Superintendent or designee or by a handbook approved by the Superintendent or designee, which at a minimum must:

  1. Require that students and parents sign a separate authorization before being issued a device.
  2. Ensure that all devices have Internet content filtered by the District and may be monitored remotely for inappropriate use.
  3. Clearly spell out parents’ financial responsibility in the event of loss of or damage to a device.

Authorization for Electronic Network Access

Before being granted use of the District Electronic Network each teacher and staff member must sign the District’s Internet Use Agreement. Each student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), on an annual basis, must also sign the District’s Electronic Network and Internet Release before being granted access to the District’s Electronic Network.

All users of the Electronic Network shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.

The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the District Internet Use Agreement, this policy, its implementation plan, or any administrative procedures or related rules will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.

Adopted: June 8, 1998
Revised: October 15, 2001, November 16, 2009, September 29, 2014, April 23, 2018

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