Adopted:   2005

Revised:        Nov 2015

 

524      INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY POLICY

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the school computer system and  acceptable and  safe  use  of  the  Internet, including electronic communications.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

In making decisions regarding student and employee access to the school computer system and the Internet, including electronic communications,  the school considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental  to preparation of  citizens and future employees.   Access to the school computer system and to the Internet enables students and employees to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The school expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the school computer system and the Internet throughout  the curriculum  and will  provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.

III. LIMITED EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE

The school is providing students and employees with access to the school computer system, which includes Internet access.  The purpose of the system is more specific than providing students and employees with general access to the Internet. The school system has a limited educational purpose, which includes use of the system for classroom activities, educational research, and professional  or career development  activities.  Users are expected to use Internet access through the system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school and school policies. Uses which might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account on another system may not be acceptable on this limited-purpose network.

IV. USE OF SYSTEM IS A PRIVILEGE

The use of the school system and access to use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of the school system or the Internet may result in one or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use or access privileges; payments for suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of employment; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws.

V. UNACCEPTABLE USES

A. The following uses of the school system and Internet resources or accounts are considered unacceptable:

1 . Users will not use the school system to access, review, upload, download, store, print, post, receive, transmit or distribute:

a. pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material  or other visual depictions that are harmful to minors;

b. obscene, abusive,  profane,  lewd,  vulgar,  rude,  inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language;

c. materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the education setting or disruptive to the educational process;

d. information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption to the educational process;

e. materials that use language or images that advocate violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature)  or that may constitute harassment or discrimination

 

  1. Users will not use the school system to knowingly or recklessly post, transmit or distribute false or defamatory information about a person or organization, or to harass another person, or to engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

 

  1. Users will not use the school system to engage in any illegal act or violate any local, state or federal statute or law.

 

  1. Users will not use the school system to vandalize, damage or disable the property of another person or organization, will not make deliberate attempts to  degrade or  disrupt equipment, software or  system performance by spreading computer viruses or by any other means, will  not tamper with, modify or change the school  system software, hardware or wiring or take any action to violate the school ’s security   system, and will  not use the school  system in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system by other users.

 

  1. Users will not use  the  school system to  gain unauthorized access  to information resources or to access another person’s materials, information or files without the implied or direct permission of that person.

 

6. Users will not use the school system to post private information about another person, personal  contact information  about themselves or other persons, or other personally  identifiable information,  including, but not limited to, addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work addresses, identification numbers, account numbers, access codes or passwords, labeled photographs or other information that would make the individual’s identity easily  traceable, and will  not re-post a message that was sent to the user privately without permission of the person who sent the message.

a. This paragraph does not prohibit the posting of  employee contact information  on school district web pages or communications  between employees and other individuals when such communications are made for education-related  purposes (i.e., communications  with parents or other staff members related to students).

b. Employees creating or posting school-related web pages may include npersonal contact information about themselves on a web page. However, employees may not post personal contact information or other personally identifiable information about students unless:

(1) Such  information is  classified  by  the  school  as  directory information  and verification  is made that the school has not received notice from a parent/guardian or eligible student that such information is not to be designated as directory information in accordance  with policy 515; or

(2) Such information  is not classified by the school as directory information but written consent for release of the information to be posted and obtained from a  parent/guardian or  eligible student in accordance  with Policy 515.

c. These prohibitions  specifically prohibit a user from utilizing the school system to post personal information about a user or another individual on social networks, including, but not limited to, social networks such as “MySpace” and “Facebook”.

 

  1. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the school system or any other system through the school system, attempt to log in through another person’s account, or use computer accounts, access  codes, or network identification  other than those assigned to the user. Messages and records on the school system may not be encrypted without the permission of appropriate school authorities.

 

  1. Users will not use the school system to violate copyright  laws or usage licensing agreements, or otherwise to use another person’s property without the person’s prior approval or proper citation, including the downloading or exchanging of pirated software or copying software to or from any school computer, and will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet.

 

  1. Users will   not  use  the  school  system  for  conducting business,  for unauthorized  commercial  purposes or for financial  gain unrelated to the school system to purchase goods or services for personal use may be subject to unwanted financial obligations. Any financial obligation incurred related to these purchases is the sole responsibility of the user, student and/or student’s parents.

B. A student or employee engaging in the foregoing unacceptable uses of the Internet when off school premises also may be in violation of this policy as well as other school policies. Examples of such violations include, but are not limited to, situations where the school system is compromised or if a school employee or student is negatively impacte If  the  school receives a  report of  an  unacceptable use originating from a non-school computer or resource, the school may investigate such reports to the best of its ability. Students or employees may be subject to disciplinary action for such conduct, including, but not limited to, suspension or cancellation of the use of  the internet and discipline under other appropriate school policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion, or termination of employment.

C. If a pattern of inappropriate technology  use behavior is found it could result in serious consequences to the individual. Therefore,  it is suggested that one way to insure against this is to alert a school official any time you inadvertently accesses unacceptable materials or an unacceptable Internet site. In the case of a school employee, the immediate disclosure shall be to the employee’s immediate supervisor and/or the building administrator. This disclosure may serve as a defense against an allegation that the user has intentionally violated this policy. In certain rare instances, a user also may access otherwise unacceptable materials if necessary to complete an assignment and if done with prior approval  of and with appropriate guidance from the appropriate teacher or, in case of a school employee, the building administrator.

VI. FILTER

A. With respect to any of its computers with Internet access, the School will monitor the online activities of minors and employ technology protection measures during any use of such computers by minors and adults.

B. The technology protection measures utilized will block or filter Internet access to any visual depictions that are obscene, Child pornography;  or Harmful to minors. The protection measures will also attempt to limit:

  1. Obscene, abusive  profane,  lewd,  vulgar, rude,  inflammatory,   threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language;
  1. Materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the education setting or disruptive to the educational process;
  1. Information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption to the educational process;
  1. Materials that use language or images that advocate violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature)  or that may  constitute harassment or discrimination

C. The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; or
  2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual  act or sexual contact, actual  or simulated normal  or perverted sexual  acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
  3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

D. An administrator, supervisor or other person authorized by the Principal may disable the technology protection measure, during use by an adult, to enable access for bonafide research or other lawful purpose

 

[Note: Although schools are not required to adopt the more restrictive provisions contained in either Alternative No. 2 or No. 3 if they do not seek state or federal funding, they may choose to adopt the more restrictive provisions as a matter of school policy.]

 

VII.    CONSISTENCY WITH OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES

Use of the school computer system and use of the Internet shall be consistent with school policies and the mission of the school .

VIII.  LIMITED EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY

A. By authorizing use of the school system, the school does not relinquish control over materials on the system or contained in files on the syst Users should expect only limited privacy in the contents of personal files on the school system.

B. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the school system may lead to a discovery that a user has violated this policy, another school policy, or the law.

C. An individual investigation or search will be conducted if school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school polic

D. Parents have the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of their child’s files and e-mail files. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child’s individual account at any time.

E. School employees should be aware that the school retains the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of their files and e-mail files. In addition, school employees should be aware that data and other materials in files maintained on the school system may be subject to review, disclosure or discovery under M Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act).

F. The school will cooperate fully with local,  state and federal authorities in any investigation concerning or related to any illegal  activities or activities not in compliance with school policies conducted through the school syst

IX INTERNET USE AGREEMENT

A. The proper use of the Internet, and the educational value to be gained from proper Internet use, is the joint responsibility of students, parents and employees of the school .

B. This policy requires the permission of and supervision by the school’s designated professional staff before a student may use a school account or resource to access the I

C. The Internet Use Agreement form for students must be read and signed by the user, the parent or guardian, and the supervising teacher The Internet Use Agreement form for employees must be signed by the employee. The form must then be filed at the school office. As supervising teachers change, the agreement signed by the new teacher shall be attached to the original agreement.

X. LIMITATION ON SCHOOL LIABILITY

Use of the school system is at the user’s own risk. The system is provided on an “as is, as available” basis.  The school  will  not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including, but not limited  to, loss, damage or unavailability  of  data stored on school diskettes, tapes, hard drives or servers, or for delays or changes in or interruptions of service or mis-deliveries or non-deliveries of information or materials, regardless of the cause. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any advice or information obtained through or stored on the school system. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through unauthorized use of the school system or the Internet.

XI. USER NOTIFICATION

A. All users shall be notified of the school policies relating to Internet us

B. This notification shall include the following:

  1. Notification that Internet use is subject to compliance with school policies.
  2. Disclaimers limiting the school’s liability relative to:

a. Information stored on school diskettes, hard drives or servers.

b. Information retrieved through school computers, networks or online resources.

c. Personal property used to access school computers, networks or online resources.

d. Unauthorized financial  obligations resulting from use  of  school resources/accounts to access the Internet.

  1. A  description  of   the   privacy  rights   and   limitations  of   school sponsored/managed Internet accounts.
  2. Notification that, even though the school may use technical means to limit student Internet access, these limits do not provide a foolproof means for enforcing the provisions of this acceptable use policy.
  3. Notification that goods and services can be purchased over the Internet that could potentially result in unwanted financial  obligations and that any financial obligation incurred by a student through the Internet is the sole responsibility of the student and/or the student’s parents.
  4. Notification that the  collection, creation, reception, maintenance and dissemination of data via the Internet, including electronic communications, is governed by Policy 406, Public and Private Personnel Data, and Policy515, Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.
  5. Notification that, should the user violate the school ’s acceptable use policy, the user’s access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.
  6. Notification that all provisions of the acceptable use policy are subordinate to local, state and federal laws.

 

XII.     PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY; NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT INTERNET USE

A. Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use of the school system and of the Internet if the student is accessing the school system from home or a remote loca

B. Parents will be notified that their students will be using school resources/accounts to access the Internet and that the school will provide parents the option to request alternative activities not requiring Internet access. This notification should include:

  1. A copy of the user notification form provided to the student user.
  2. A description of parent/guardian responsibilities.
  3. A statement that the Internet Use Agreement must be signed by the user, the parent or guardian, and the supervising teacher prior to use by the student.

XIII.    IMPLEMENTATION; POLICY REVIEW

A. The school  administration may  develop  appropriate user  notification forms, guidelines and procedures necessary to implement this policy for submission to the school board for a Upon approval by the school board, such guidelines, forms and procedures shall be an addendum to this policy.

B. The administration shall revise the user notifications, including student and parent notifications, if necessary, to reflect the adoption of these guidelines and procedures.

C. The school Internet policies and procedures are available for review by all parents, guardians, staff and members of the community

D. Because of the rapid changes in the development of the Internet, the school board shall conduct an annual review of this policy.