6:235 - Access to Electronic Networks

Policy 6:235

Instruction

Access to Electronic Networks

Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Superintendent shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint system administrator(s).

The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost or damaged, or become unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. Any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to Internet will be solely the responsibility of the individual user.

Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior

The use of the District’s electronic networks 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 law and Board Policy 6:60, Curriculum Content, 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, 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.

Acceptable Use

All use of the District’s electronic networks 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 in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic networks or District computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District’s Electronic Network and Technology Handbook contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user’s account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials.

Use of the District Computer Network or Internet by teachers, students or staff members is deemed "unacceptable" which, as determined by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s Designee: (a) 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 maturity level of the individual; (d) is primarily intended as an immediate solicitation of funds; or (e) constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct.

Internet Safety

Each District computer with Internet access shall have a filtering device that blocks entry 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 Superintendent’s "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 safety and security when using electronic communications;
  3. Limiting unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities; and
  4. Limiting authorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.
  5. Ensuring staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks.

Authorization for Electronic Network Access

Before being granted use of the District Computer Network and the Internet via the District’s Internet connection, each teacher and staff member must sign the District’s Internet Use Agreement. Each student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must also sign the District’s Internet Use Agreement before being granted unsupervised use.

All users of the District’s computers to access the Internet 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 or this policy 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

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