INTERNET AND OTHER COMPUTER NETWORKS ACCEPTABLE USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY
This document must be read and signed before Internet access is allowed to students or employees.We are very pleased to bring Internet access to Calera Public School. We believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.The Calera Board of Education believes that the availability of computers and computer technology will enhance the learning opportunities of our students and the teaching capabilities of our teachers. The board also believes that students and faculty members should be provided as much freedom as possible to explore the world of technology and to benefit from the educational opportunities it provides. It is the policy of this board that equal access to educational opportunities be provided to all students and faculty and that such access be denied only for cause. However, the board recognizes that new technology also provides opportunities for some to violate the rights and privileges of others.Technology shall include but not be limited to information technology, telecommunications technology and implemental technology. Information technology shall include but not be limited to computers, computer hardware, scanners, multimedia material, facsimile, e-mail, computer software, CD ROM material or other magnetic media, computer simulations, video, the World Wide Wed (WWW) or Internet, Listserves, multi-user domains and other technology used in distance learning or distance education. Telecommunications technology shall include but not be limited to local area networks and wide area networks. Implemental technology shall include but not be limited to implements, equipment, instruments or devices that promote the technology education process and are employed in the science or study of the practical, industrial, or mechanical arts or applied sciences.Teachers or instructors of any class in which computers are used will establish written procedures for the use of computers and computer technology within the framework of that particular class and will insure that all members of the class read and understand such procedures.Therefore, the board has directed the superintendent to develop rules, regulations and procedures governing the use of computers and computer technology in this district.Such rules and regulations are incorporated into this policy and are a part of this policy. References to this policy shall include any rules and regulations attached to it or incorporated within it.Telecommunication users will not log into any area, which obviously contains pornographic material in any form. Users will not download any form of pornographic material. Students must obtain a Computer User Consent form and have the form signed by the student’s parent, legal guardian or other legal custodian before using any district computer, which has telecommunication capabilities. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher, instructor, or the appropriate faculty member to insure that such form is on file before a student is permitted to use computer telecommunications equipment.It is unlawful for a person to send an electronic message if the return address has been altered in order to disguise the point or origin or if the message contains false, malicious, or misleading information, which purposely or negligently injures a person.Violations of this policy by an employee of the school district may result in disciplinary proceedings including the termination of employment.Violations of this policy by students may result in disciplinary proceedings including suspension and the loss of user privileges.Violations of this policy by school patrons may result in the loss of user privileges.The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Through the Internet, students and employees have access to:
- Electronic mail communication with people all over the world;
- Information and news from professional organizations as well as the opportunity to correspond with others of like interest around the globe.
- Public domain software and shareware of all types;
- Discussion groups on a topic ranging from Chinese culture to the environment, to music, to politics.
Access to many university library catalogs, the Library of Congress, and other valuable research tools.With access to computers and people all over the world, also comes the availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting.Calera Public School has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We, Calera Public School, firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District.Internet access is coordinated through a complete association of government agencies and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If a Calera Public School user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) this significance.
1.Acceptable Use – The purpose of Vyve, which is the backbone network to the Internet, is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and then opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Calera Public School. Use of another organization’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisements or political lobbying is also prohibited.
2.Privileges – The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. The administration, faculty, and staff of Calera Public School may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts. The cancellation of these can be for the duration of your stay at the Calera Public School System and can apply to all computers in the school system. Also, the system administrators may close access at anytime as may be required. Examples of actions which may constitute removal of user rights are:Vandalism, defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, computer software, or equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading, downloading, or creating computer viruses. This also includes erasing software or changing the environment of the software or any computer or networking system. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to usage.IDing in under another student’s name or trying to ID in as a teacher, or administrator. Trying to break the security into the network system.Malicious, vulgar, offensive, or unacceptable messages left on the networking system, or in another’s person’s folder.Any other activity not deemed necessary for the efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of computers to enhance the education of Calera Public School’sAttempting to access pornographic material.
3.Warranty – Calera Public School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. We will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by it’s own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. Calera Public School specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of quality of information obtained through its services.
4.Failure to Follow Policy – The user’s use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which the school district may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the student’s enrollment in the school district. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. The school district may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances.
5.Updates – Users, and if appropriate, the user’s parents/guardians, may be asked from time to time to provide new or additional registration and account information or to sign a new policy, for example, to reflect developments in the law or technology. Such information must be provided by the user (or his/her parents or guardian) or such new policy must be signed if the user wishes to continue to receive service. If after you have provided your account information, some or all of the information changes, you must notify the person designated by the school to receive such information.
6.Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator of your District Internet Coordinator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log onto the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the network and/or Internet. We at Calera Public Schools use Computer Associates InnoculatIT at the main camput and Websence Internet access management content filtering software at our Early Childhood site, to assure that students are unable to access inappropriate material. In addition we generate a weekly report that informs the Web Administrator which students have attempted to access inappropriate materials, thereby resulting in disciplinary action.
7.Active Restriction Measures. – The school, either by itself or in combination with Vyve(our Internet access provider), will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors. The school will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or technological means, to ensure that students are not accessing such depictions or any other material which is inappropriate for minors.Internet filtering software or other technology-based protections systems may be disabled by a supervising teacher as necessary, for purposes of bona fide research or other education projects being conducted by students age 17 and older upon the approval of a school administrator.
8.Network Etiquette – Internet users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:Be polite. Do not be abusive in your messages to others.Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.Electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the proper authorities.Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users. (i.e. downloading unauthorized software, etc.)All “Intellectual Property”, meaning databases, audio-visual material, electronic circuitry, computer software recorded in any format, computer files, communications, information, inventions, or discoveries generated through any activities associated with CPS will be considered sole property of CPS.
9.Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to Vyve(internet backbone). This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Users will not upload or download any copyrighted material. It is the user’s responsibility to determine if material is copyrighted. Users will not copy school district computer software for any reason. Backup copies of computer software will be made only by authorized faculty members and will be maintained by the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee.Computer software will be installed into, or removed from, school district computers only by, or at the direction of, an authorized technology staff member. No commercial software will be installed in or used on a district computer except in accordance with a user site license granted by the software developer. Students are prohibited from installing software of any kind or loading or reading personal data into a school district computer or computer system except as part of a class project or except as directed by authorized technology staff members. Personally owned floppy diskettes or tape cartridges or any other removable media will not by used in school computer.