Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Skyline Schools, USD 438
Skyline Schools, USD 438's, goal in providing Internet access is to promote educational excellence in the district by facilitating resource sharing, innovations, and communication. With access to computers and people from around the world, also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Users should be warned that some material obtained via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. The school has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials. An industrious user may discover controversial information, either by accident or deliberately. The school firmly believes, however, that the benefits to students from online access far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with its educational goals.
The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that use of Internet resources is consistent with the school's stated mission goals and objectives. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the students and faculty who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire.
To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must have their Student Agendas signed by a parent or guardian. The signature is legally binding and indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands its significance.
Acceptable Uses Section
1. Students are responsible for good behavior while they use the school computer networks. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
2. The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.
3. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege, not a right. That access entails responsibility.
4. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette and conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner while online.
5. Users are expected to follow the direction of staff members.
6. External storage media may be used, but students need approval before accessing such media on school computers.
7. All communication and information accessible via the computer resources shall be regarded as private property. However, administrators/staff who operate the system may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.
8. Any original materials created by students are owned by those students. Original material will not be posted on district or school Web sites without prior written permission of the student who created the work. The technology coordinator or Web master shall be in charge of monitoring permission to post copyrighted materials.
9. Users must respect all copyright laws that protect software owners, artists, and writers.
10. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems.
Unacceptable Uses Section
1. Users are not permitted to use the computing resources for commercial purposes, product advertising, political lobbying, or political campaigning.
2. Users are not permitted to transmit, receive, submit, or publish any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.
3. Physical or electronic tampering with computer resources is not permitted.
4. Attempts to log on to the Internet as anyone but one's self or any unauthorized access, including so-called hacking and other unlawful activities by minors online, is prohibited.
5. Attempt to circumvent the school's firewall and/or filtering program is prohibited.
6. Users may not question the authority of staff members if the users are directed to leave an Internet site.
7. Specifically, the following activities are not permitted:
a. downloading or uploading large files, such as photos, audio, or video
b. downloading or uploading any applications
c. using streaming audio or video
d. participating in chat rooms
e. participating in non-educational online games
f. using instant messaging or other personal e-mail
g. revealing personal information to unknown sources
h. cyberbullying in any way, shape, or form
i. any other use deemed inappropriate by staff members
Violations of any of the aforementioned uses will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, or possible expulsion.
Inappropriate use of the computers, the network, and/or Internet will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, or possible expulsion.
Unauthorized access on the network or Internet may result in cancellation of user privileges.
Any copyright violations may result in cancellation of privileges, as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Users are considered subject to all local, state, and federal laws.
Acceptance of Regulations
I have read USD 438's Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and I agree to follow the rules contained in the policy. I understand that violations of these rules can terminate my account, and I may face other disciplinary actions.
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