Greeneview Local School District
Administrative Guidelines
 

7540.03 - STUDENT NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY

Students are encouraged to use the Board's computers, network, and Internet connection ("Network") for educational purposes. Use of the Network is a privilege, not a right. When using the Network, students must conduct themselves in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the Network, including any violation of these guidelines, may result in cancellation of the privilege, disciplinary action consistent with the Student Handbook, and/or civil or criminal liability. Prior to accessing the Network students must sign the Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement. Parent permission is required for minors. Parents are encouraged to discuss their values with their children and encourage students to make decisions regarding their use of the Network that is in accord with their personal and family values, in addition to the Boardís standards.

Smooth operation of the Board's Network relies upon users adhering to the following guidelines. The guidelines outlined below are not exhaustive, but are provided so that users are aware of their general responsibilities.

 

A.

Students are responsible for their behavior and communication on the Network. All use of the Network must be consistent with the educational mission and goals of the District.

   
 

B.

Students may only access the Network by using their assigned Network account. Use of another person's account/address/password is prohibited. Students may not allow other users to utilize their account/address/password. Students may not go beyond their authorized access. Students are responsible for taking steps to prevent unauthorized access to their accounts by logging off or "locking" their computers when leaving them unattended.

   
 

C.

Students may not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, data or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the Network. Students may not intentionally disable any security features of the Network.

 

D.

Students may not use the Network to engage in "hacking" or other illegal activities (e.g. software pirating; intellectual property violations; engaging in slander, libel, or harassment; threatening the life or safety of another; stalking; transmission of obscene materials or child pornography; including sexting; fraud; sale of illegal substances and goods).

   
 

1.

Slander and libel are terms defined specifically in law. Generally, slander is "oral communication of false statements injurious to a personís reputation," and libel is "a false publication in writing, printing, or typewriting or in signs or pictures that maliciously damages a personís reputation or the act or an instance of presenting such a statement to the public." (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Third Edition is licensed from Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.) Students shall not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization. Students are reminded that material distributed over the Internet is "public" to a degree no other school publication or utterance is. As such, any remark may be seen by literally millions of people and harmful and false statements will be viewed in that light.

     
 

2.

Students shall not use the Network to transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based upon their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs. Sending, sharing, viewing or possessing pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature (i.e. sexting) in electronic or any other form, including the contents of a wireless communication device or other electronic equipment is grounds for discipline. Such actions will be reported to local law enforcement and child services as required by law.

   
 

E.

Transmission of any material in violation of any State or Federal law or regulation, or Board policy is prohibited.

   
 

F.

Any use of the Network for commercial purposes (e.g., purchasing or offering for sale personal products or services by students), advertising, or political lobbying is prohibited.

   
 

G.

Use of the Network to engage in cyberbullying is prohibited. "Cyberbullying" is defined as the use of information and communication technologies (such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal websites, and defamatory online personal polling websites,) to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." [Bill Belsey (http//www.cyberbullying.ca)]

   
 

Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to the following:

   
 

1.

posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student on a website or on weblog;

   
 

2.

sending e-mail or instant messages that are mean or threatening, or so numerous as to drive up the victimís cell phone bill;

   
 

3.

using a camera phone to take and send embarrassing and/or sexually explicit photographs/recordings of students;

   
 

4.

posting misleading or fake photographs of students on websites.

   
 

H.

Students are expected to abide by the following generally-accepted rules of network etiquette:

   
 

1.

Be polite, courteous, and respectful in your messages to others. Use language appropriate to school situations in any communications made through the Network. Do not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, sexually explicit, defamatory, threatening, abusive or disrespectful language in communications through the Network (including, but not limited to, public messages, private messages, and material posted on web pages).

   
 

2.

Do not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

     
 

3.

Do not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a student is told by a person to stop sending him/her messages, the student must stop.

   
 

4.

Do not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption.

   
 

5.

Never reveal names, addresses, phone numbers, or passwords of yourself or other students, family members, teachers, administrators, or other staff members while communicating on the Internet. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, disclosing personal identification information on commercial websites.

   
 

6.

Do not transmit pictures or other information that could be used to establish your identity without prior approval of a teacher.

   
 

7.

Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" on-line without parent approval and participation.

   
 

8.

Check e-mail frequently, and delete e-mail promptly from the personal mail directory to avoid excessive use of the electronic mail disk space.

   
 

9.

Students should promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable, especially any e-mail that contains sexually explicit content (e.g. pornography). Students should not delete such messages until instructed to do so by a staff member.

     
 

I.

Students shall not use the Network to access, process, distribute, display or print Prohibited Material at any time, for any purpose. Students may only access, process, distribute, display or print Restricted Material and/or Limited Access Material as authorized below.

   
 

1.

Prohibited Material includes material that constitutes child pornography and material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors, as defined by the Childrenís Internet Protection Act. As such, the following material is prohibited: material that appeals to a prurient or unhealthy interest in nudity, sex, and excretion; material that 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 material that lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value as to minors. Prohibited material also includes material that appeals to a prurient or unhealthy interest in, or depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way, violence, death, or bodily functions; material designated as for "adults" only; and material that promotes or advocates illegal activities.

     
 

2.

Restricted Material may not be accessed by elementary or middle school students at any time, for any purpose. Restricted Material may be accessed by high school students in the context of specific learning activities that have been approved by a teacher or staff member for legitimate research purposes. Materials that may arguably fall within the description provided for Prohibited Material that have clear educational relevance, such as material with literary, artistic, political, or scientific value, will be considered to be Restricted. In addition, Restricted Material includes materials that promote or advocate the use of alcohol and tobacco, hate, and discrimination, satanic and cult group membership, school cheating, and weapons. Sites that contain personal advertisements or facilitate making online connections with other people are Restricted unless such sites have been specifically approved by the Technology Coordinator.

   
 

3.

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 are directed by a teacher or during periods of time that a school may designate as "open access" time. Limited Access Material includes such material as electronic commerce, games, jokes, recreation, entertainment, sports, and investment.

   
 

If a student inadvertently accesses material that is considered Prohibited or Restricted, s/he should immediately disclose the inadvertent access to the teacher or building principal. This will protect the student against an allegation that s/he intentionally violated the provision.

 
 

The determination of whether material is Prohibited, Restricted, or Limited Access shall be based on the content of the material and the intended use of the material, not on the protective actions of the technology protection measures.

   
 

J.

Malicious use of the Network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited. Students may not engage in vandalism or use the Network in such a way that would disrupt its use by others. Vandalism is defined as any malicious or intentional attempt to harm, steal or destroy data of another user, school networks, or technology hardware. This includes but is not limited to uploading or creation of computer viruses, installing unapproved software, changing equipment configurations, deliberately destroying or stealing hardware and its components, or seeking to circumvent or bypass Network security and/or the Board's technology protection measures. Students also must avoid intentionally wasting limited resources. Students must immediately notify the teacher, building principal, or Technology Coordinator if they identify a possible security problem. Students should not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an unlawful attempt to gain access.

   
 

K.

All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be private property (i.e. copyrighted and/or trademarked). All copyright issues regarding software, information, and attributions/acknowledgement of authorship must be respected. Rules against plagiarism will be enforced.

     
 

L.

Downloading of information onto the Board's hard drives is prohibited, without prior approval from the Technology Coordinator. If a student transfers files from information services and electronic bulletin board services, the student must check the file with a virus-detection program before opening the file for use. Only public domain software may be downloaded. If a student transfers a file or installs a software program that infects the Network with a virus and causes damage, the student will be liable for any and all repair costs to make the Network once again fully operational.

     
 

M.

Students must secure prior approval from a teacher or the Technology Coordinator before joining a Listserv (electronic mailing lists) and should not post personal messages on bulletin boards or Listservs.

     
 

N.

Students are prohibited from accessing or participating in online "chat rooms" or other forms of direct electronic communication (e.g., instant messaging) (other than e-mail) without prior approval from a teacher or the Technology Coordinator. All such authorized communications must comply with these guidelines.

     
 

O.

Users have no right or expectation to privacy when using the Network. The District reserves the right to access and inspect any facet of the Network, including, but not limited to, computers, devices, networks or Internet connections, e-mail or other messaging or communication systems or any other electronic media within its technology systems or that otherwise constitutes its property and any data, information, e-mail, communication, transmission, upload, download, message or material of any nature or medium that may be contained therein. A student's use of the Network constitutes his/her waiver of any right to privacy in anything s/he creates, stores, sends, transmits, uploads, downloads or receives on or through the Network and related storage medium and equipment. Routine maintenance and monitoring, utilizing both technical monitoring systems and staff monitoring, may lead to discovery that a user has violated Board policy and/or the law. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a user has violated Board policy and/or law, or if requested by local, State or Federal law enforcement officials. Studentsí parents have the right to request to see the contents of their childrenís files, e--mails and records.

     
 

The following notice will be included as part of the computer log-on screen:

 
 

"NOTICE AND CONSENT FOR MONITORING"

 
 

"Unauthorized or improper use of this computer system and/or network is strictly prohibited. This computer system is the property of the School District. Use of this computer system, network and Internet connection must comply with the Districtís Computer and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy/Agreement. This computer system, including all related equipment, networks, and network devices (specifically including Internet access), are provided only for communication, processing, and storage of school/education-related information and/or for authorized School District use. These systems and equipment are subject to monitoring for all lawful purposes (e.g. to ensure proper functioning and management of the system, to protect against improper or unauthorized use or access, and to verify the presence or performance of applicable security features or procedures and operational security). Monitoring includes active attacks by authorized employees and/or agents of the School District to test or verify the security of the system. During monitoring, information may be examined, recorded, copied, and/or used for authorized purposes. All information, including personal information, placed on or sent over the system may be monitored. Such monitoring may result in the acquisition, recording, and/or analysis of all data communicated, transmitted, processed, or stored in this system by a user. Unauthorized use may subject you to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Evidence of unauthorized or improper use collected during monitoring may be used for administrative, criminal or other adverse action. Use of this computer system, authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to monitoring for these purposes."

     
 

P.

Use of the Internet and any information procured from the Internet is at the student's own risk. The Board makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the Network will be error-free or without defect. The Board is not responsible for any damage a user may suffer, including, but not limited to, loss of data, service interruptions, or exposure to inappropriate material or people. The Board is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet. Information (including text, graphics, audio, video, etc.) from Internet sources used in student papers, reports, and projects must be cited the same as references to printed materials. The Board will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the Network. Students or parents of students will indemnify and hold the Board harmless from any losses sustained as the result of misuse of the Network by the student. Use of the Network by students will be limited to those students whose parents have signed a release of claims for damages against the Board.

   
 

Q.

Disclosure, use and/or dissemination of personal identification information of minors via the Internet is prohibited, except as expressly authorized by the minor student's parent/guardian on the "Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement Form."

     
 

R.

Proprietary rights in the design of websites hosted on the Board's servers remains at all times with the Board.

     
 

S.

File-sharing is strictly prohibited. Students are prohibited from downloading and/or installing file-sharing software or programs on the Network.

   
 

T.

Students may not establish or access web-based e-mail accounts on commercial services through the Network (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, etc.).

   
 

U.

Since there is no central authority on the Internet, each site is responsible for its own users. Complaints received from other sites regarding any of the Districtís users will be fully investigated and disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

     
 

V.

Preservation of Resources and Priorities of Use: Computer resources are limited. Because space on disk drives and bandwidth across the lines which connect the Network (both internally and externally) are limited, neither programs nor information may be stored on the system without the permission of the Technology Coordinator. Each student is permitted reasonable space to store e-mail, web, and personal files. The Board reserves the right to require the purging of files in order to regain disk space. Students who require access to the Network for class- or instruction-related activities have priority over other users. Students not using the Network for class-related activities may be "bumped" by any student requiring access for class- or instruction-related purpose. The following hierarchy will prevail in governing access to the Network:

   
 

1.

Class work, assigned and supervised by a staff member.

   
 

2.

Class work, specifically assigned but independently conducted.

   
 

3.

Personal correspondence (e-mail Ė checking, composing, and sending).

   
 

4.

Training (use of such programs as typing tutors, etc.).

   
 

5.

Personal discovery ("surfing the Internet").

   
 

6.

Other uses Ė access to resources for "other uses" may be further limited during the school day at the discretion of the building principal or Technology Coordinator.

   
 

Game playing is not permitted at any time.

P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)

Revised 3/18/10