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7540.03 - Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Advances in telecommunications and other related technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in our society. Such changes are driving the need for educators to adapt their means and methods of instruction and the way they approach student learning, to harness and utilize the vast, diverse, and unique resources available on the internet. The District provides internet services to its students.

The District’s internet system has a limited educational purpose and has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. The District has the right to place restrictions on internet use to assure that such use is in accord with its limited educational purpose. Only District approved equipment and software shall be used on the District's local and wide-area networks. Students granted access to the District's network/internet services (hereafter referenced as the "Network") from any device (District or personally owned computer/electronic devices) will be governed by this policy and the related administrative guidelines and the Student Code of Conduct. The due process rights of all users will be respected in the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the Network. Users have no right to, nor should they have an expectation of, privacy in the content of their personal files and records of their online activity while on the District’s Network.

The District encourages students to utilize the Network in order to promote educational excellence in our schools by providing them with the opportunity to develop the resource sharing, innovation, and communication skills and tools that are essential to both life and work. The instructional use of the Network will be guided by the School Board's policy on instructional materials.

The internet is a global information and communication network that provides an incredible opportunity to bring previously unimaginable education and information resources to our students. The internet connects computers and users in the District with computers and users worldwide. Through the internet, students and staff can access up-to-date, highly relevant information that will enhance their learning and the education process. Further, the internet provides students and staff with the opportunity to communicate with other people throughout the world. Access to such an incredible quantity of information and resources brings with it, however, certain unique challenges.

First, and foremost, the District may not be able to technologically limit access to services through the District's internet connection to only those that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study, and research related to the curriculum. Unlike in the past when educators and community members had the opportunity to review and screen materials to assess their appropriateness, access to the internet, because it serves as a gateway to any publicly available file server in the world, will open classrooms and students to electronic information resources which have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

The District has implemented technology protection utilizing software and hardware measures that monitor, block, and filter internet access to visual displays that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors whether the district-owned computers, tablets, e-readers, or other web-enabled devices are used on campus or off. Nevertheless, parents/legal guardians are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services on the internet that the Board has not authorized for educational purposes. In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents/legal guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable, or controversial. Parents/Legal guardians assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the internet. Parents/Legal guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the internet.

Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:

  A. safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of electronic communications;

 

  B. the dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information; and,

 

  C. the consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking"), cyberbullying, and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online.

 

Site managers are responsible for providing training so that Network users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying procedures. The Board expects that staff members shall provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the internet, and will monitor students’ online activities while at school. Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server, and computer logs.

Parents/Guardians have the right to restrict their child's use of the internet. Access to the internet will be denied to a student upon receipt of a District opt-out form signed by the parent/guardian.

Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Network just as they are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events. Communications on the internet are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communication apply.

The Board does not sanction any use of the Network that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying procedures. Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying procedures may have their user privileges suspended or revoked and disciplinary action may be taken against them. Users granted access to the Network through District computers or personally owned computer/electronic devices assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Network not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying procedures.

F.S. 1001.43, 1001.51
H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h),(1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended
18 U.S.C. 2256
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
76 F.R. 56295, 56303

Revised 4/1/14

© Neola 2012

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