Internet Safe and Responsible Use Policy
- The district
is providing Internet access to its employees, board members, and students.
The district's Internet system has a limited educational purpose. The
district's Internet system has not been established as a public access
service or a public forum. The district has the right to place restrictions
on use to ensure that use of the system is in accord with its limited
use of the district's Internet system will be governed by this policy,
related district and school regulations, and the student disciplinary
code. Staff use will be governed by this policy, related district and
school regulations, district employment policy, and the collective bargaining
agreement. The due process rights of all users will be respected in
the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the district
Internet system. Users have a limited privacy expectations in the contents
of their personal files and records of their online activity while on
the district system.
constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom to access information
will be protected when they use the Internet in school. The district
Internet system is a limited public forum. The district may restrict
access to materials or may place restrictions on student speech for
valid educational reasons. The district will not restrict student access
to information or speech on the basis of a viewpoint discrimination.
district makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied,
that the functions or the services provided by or through the district
Internet system will be error-free or without defect. The district will
not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not
limited to, loss of data, interruptions of service, or exposure to inappropriate
material or people. The district is not responsible for the accuracy
or quality of the information obtained through the system. The district
will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the
unauthorized use of the system. Users or parents of users will indemnify
and hold the district harmless from any losses sustained as the result
of misuse of the system by user. Use of the system by students will
be limited to those students whose parents have signed a disclaimer
of claims for damages against the district.
district has developed and approved this policy in accord with the statutory
requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act. The policy was
developed with input and feedback from staff, students, parents, and
community members. The policy represents the district's good faith efforts
to promote the safe, ethical, responsible, and legal use of the Internet,
support the effective use of the Internet for educational purposes,
protect students against potential dangers in their use of the Internet,
and ensure accountability.
district will promote the effective, educational use of the Internet
in school through professional development and the establishment of
a district web site that will provide access to prescreened, appropriate,
educationally relevant material.
and staff users of the district Internet system will receive instruction
regarding the safe, ethical, legal, and responsible use of the Internet
and of the district's Internet system and their rights and responsibilities
under this policy.
use and activities will be structured in a manner that is appropriate
to the age and skills of students, recognizing the importance of providing
more secure environments for younger students and supporting safe, responsible,
independent use by older students.
District will protect against access to materials that are considered
inappropriate for users to access through the District Internet system
in the following manner:
district regulations will designate certain categories of materials
as Prohibited, Restricted, or Limited Access Material. Prohibited Material
may not be accessed by the students or staff at any time, for any purpose.
Restricted Material may not be accessed by elementary or middle school
students, but may be accessed by high school students in the context
of specific learning activities that have been approved by a teachers
or by staff for professional development purposes. Limited Access Material
is material that is generally considered to be non-educational or entertainment.
Limited Access Material may be accessed in the context of specific learning
activities that re directed by a teacher or during periods of time that
a school may designate as "open access" time by the individual
district will implement the use of a Technology Protection Measure,
which is a specific technology that will protect against access to visual
depictions that are obscene, child pornography, and materials that are
harmful to minors, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection
Act. At the discretion of the district or school, the Technology Protection
Measure may also be configured to protect against access to other material
considered inappropriate for students to access.
Technology Protection Measure may not be disabled at any time that students
may be using the district Internet system, if such disabling will cease
to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the
Children's Internet Protection Act. Authorized staff may temporarily
or permanently unblock access to sites containing appropriate material,
if access to such sites has been inappropriately unblock by the Technology
determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate shall
be based on the content of the material and the intended use of the
material, not on the protection actions of the Technology Protection
use of the district Internet system will be supervised by staff in a
manner that is appropriate to the age of the students and circumstances
district will develop procedures to monitor student use of the Internet
through an analysis of Internet usage records.
district and schools will establish regulations and procedures to protect
the safety and security of students when using direct electronic communications.
Student Internet Use Policy developed pursuant to this policy will include
requirements that address the following safe and responsible use issues:
to inappropriate material.
and communication safety standards for self and others
activities, including computer security violations, actions taken to
disrupt the performance of a computer system, and the use of the Internet
to engage in other criminal acts.
and copyright infringement.
or use that may disrupt or jeopardize the security or effective performance
of the district's network or the Internet.
district will protect against the unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination
of personal or confidential information of students.
district will review contracts with third party providers of data management
services to ensure compliance with federal and state student privacy
district will develop regulations for staff pertaining to the transmission
of student confidential information via direct electronic communications
to ensure that such transmissions are in compliance with the federal
and state student privacy laws.
district will develop regulations for staff and students to ensure the
protection of student personal information when accounts are established
or information is provided by or about students on third party web sites.
district will develop regulations addressing the disclosure of student
information, posting student-created material, and posting pictures
of students on the District web site.
school will provide an annual written notice to the parents/guardians
of students about the district Internet system, the policies governing
its use, and the limitation of liability of the district. Parents/guardians
must sign an agreement to allow their child to access the Internet.
Upon receipt of the executed agreement, the student will be issued an
Internet Use Permit (or some other method of designating permission).
The agreement and the Internet Use Permit will be effective for as long
as the student attends the particular school. Parents/guardians have
the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child's e-mail
files. Parents/guardians have the right to request the termination of
their child's Internet access at any time.
district will implement an Internet records retention system that is
in accord with (input), the state public records law.
district will develop copyright management regulations that will protect
the rights of copyright holders, including students and staff, related
to material that is accessed through or placed in the Internet.
district will develop district web site regulations to promote the effective
educational use of the Internet, protect the privacy rights and other
rights of students and staff, limit potential liability of the district
for the inappropriate placement of material, and present an image that
will reflect well on the district, schools, staff, and students.
administrative responsibilities of the district administrative staff
related to the district Internet system are as follows:
superintendent, or his/her designee, will serve as the coordinator to
oversee the district Internet system. The superintendent is authorized
to develop regulations and agreements for the use of the district Internet
system that are in accord with this policy statement, and other district
building administrator, or his/her designee, will serve as the building-level
coordinators for the District Internet system, will develop building-level
regulations necessary to implement this policy and district regulations,
establish procedures to ensure adequate supervision of students using
the system, maintain executed user agreements, and be responsible for
interpreting this policy and related regulations at the building level.
- c. The
district (name of district committee) will be responsible for ongoing
evaluation of the issues related to this policy, related regulations,
and the strategies implemented by schools under this policy. The (name
of committee) will solicit input and feedback from staff, students,
parents, and the community in this evaluation process.