Students violating use of computer or internet services may have all computer privileges revoked. Students found to be using programs or invading directories without permission may also have privileges revoked. Students using computers in the school independently must have a pass from a teacher for a specific assignment.
Students may not use school internet services without a signed agreement from a teacher on record. The school is not responsible for student internet activity. Whether an item is posted from school or any other location, internet activity that disrupts the educational process or raises concerns about safety can result in disciplinary and or legal action.
Violation of the computer use policy may result in permanent removal from class, suspension or expulsion.
STUDENT NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY
Advances in telecommunications and other related technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in 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 School Board is-pleased to provide Internet services to its students. The Corporation’s Internet system has a limited educational purpose. The Corporation’s Internet system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. The Corporation has the right to place restrictions on its use to assure that use of the Corporation’s Internet system is in accord with its limited educational purpose. Student use of the Corporation’s computers, network and Internet services (“Network”) 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 a limited privacy expectation in the content of their personal files and records of their online activity while on the Network.
The Board encourages students to utilize the Internet 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 Internet will be guided by the Corporation’s policy on instructional materials.
First, and foremost, the Corporation may not be able to technologically limit access to services through the Corporation’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 for supporting and enriching the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable, selection criteria (taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students who would be exposed to them), 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 Corporation has implemented the use of technology protection measures which are specific technologies that will protect against (e.g. filter or block) access to visual displays/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 Corporation or the Superintendent, the technology protection measures may be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access. The technology protection measures may not be disabled at any time that students may be using the Network, if such disabling will cease to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The Superintendent or Technology Director may temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been inappropriately blocked by the technology protection measures.
The 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 measures. The Corporation utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. Nevertheless, parents/guardians are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services on the Internet that the Corporation 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/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents/Guardians assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the Internet. Parents/Guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the Internet. The Board supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether to apply for independent student access to the Internet.
The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines that address students’ safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of direct electronic communications, and prohibit disclosure of personal identification information of minors and unauthorized access (e.g. hacking) and other unlawful activities by minors online.
Building administrators are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Internet. All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.
Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Corporation’s computers/network and the Internet 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 Corporation does not sanction any use of the Internet that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying guidelines. Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying guidelines may have their use privileges suspended or revoked, and disciplinary action taken against them. Users granted access to the Internet through the Corporation’s computers assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Internet not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying guidelines.
The Board designates the Superintendent and the Technology Director as the administrators responsible for initiating, implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to students’ use of the Network.
P.L. 106-554 (2000), Children’s Internet Protection Act
7 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)
Students are responsible for reading and adhering to the “New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation Telecommunications Use Agreement” included in this handbook. When any student uses the Internet in any form to intimidate, harass, humiliate, or threaten another person at school and that issue becomes a topic of discussion or an issue of safety at school, the incident may fall under school jurisdiction and may be cause for legal action. This includes sites like “myspace”, student sites or blogs. If this behavior takes place off campus and impacts the school, the staff or students, an in school suspension may occur.
NAFCS TELECOMMUNICATIONS USE AGREEMENT
Student Access to the Internet
Users are legally bound to the terms and conditions of the Telecommunications Use Agreement. It is assumed that users have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance including the understanding that any violation of these regulations is unethical, may constitute a criminal offense, that assessors’ privileges may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken as well as appropriate legal action.
If a parent or guardian does not authorize the school to make Internet access available to their student, it is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school in writing. Alternate activities of a suitable educational nature not requiring Internet access will be assigned to students whose parents have informed the school not to make Internet access available to their student.
NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL CORPORATION
TELECOMMUNICATIONS USE AGREEMENT
The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation firmly believes that there is a wealth of information and interaction on the world-wide computer network that will provide valuable resources for our students. With access to computers and people from all over the world through Internet, it is impossible to control access to all materials found on the Internet, and an industrious user may discover controversial information. Sponsoring teachers will instruct and supervise their students in acceptable use of the Internet and proper Internet etiquette.
The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. Access to the Internet through school machines requires responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of Internet resources. Users violating any of these provisions may be disciplined, and their access to Network and Internet services terminated and future access denied.
INTERNET TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Acceptable Use - Internet and Network access must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of this school corporation. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, infringement of any copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade restrictions. You may not access, upload, or download sexually explicit materials. Internet and Network access may not be used for commercial activities.
2. Privileges - The use of the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation telecommunications services is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of all privileges. Assignments that require Internet access will have a faculty sponsor who will instruct and monitor student activity on the Internet. The sponsor and the Network administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Parents, faculty sponsors, administration, faculty, or staff may request that further account privileges be denied, revoked, or suspended for any violation of this policy.
3. Network Etiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Be polite. Do not be abusive in messages to others.
B. Use appropriate language. Offensive or vulgar messages, such as messages that contain sexual or racial comments are strictly prohibited, in conformity with the School Corporation’s existing policies, rules, and regulations governing harassment and discrimination. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden
C. Do not reveal your personal address or telephone number, or those of other students or colleagues.
D. E-mail is not guaranteed to be private. System Operators may have access to all e-mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal or improper activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
E. Do not use the Internet or Network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the Internet or Network by other users.
F. All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be private property and safeguarded by copyright laws.
G. Word your messages carefully and be brief.
H. Passwords may not be shared except with the teacher/supervisor and the System Operator.
I. You may not access another person’s files or account without their permission.
4. Warranties - The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation will strive to provide error-free, dependable access to the computing resources associated with Network and Internet use. However, this school corporation is not responsible for any damages suffered due to loss of data resulting from delays, nondelivery, misdeliveries, or service interruptions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through these Network and Internet services.
5. 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 network, you must notify a sponsoring teacher or a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to others. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log on to the network as a system administrator will result in disciplinary action. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems will be denied access to the Internet services.
6. Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and possible disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or other networks that are connected to the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation wide area network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation, or distribution of computer viruses. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the Internet.
The Director of Technology and Instructional Services shall develop and maintain a Technology Manual setting forth additional rules, policies, and procedures for effective management of the School Corporation’s Wide Area Network and technological services. The Board of School Trustees firmly believes that broad educational opportunity should be a right for all children. Educational experiences are provided not only in the regular classroom, but also by a comprehensive extracurricular activities program. Therefore, removal from the extracurricular activities or from the classroom as a disciplinary measure is resorted to only when self-discipline fails. It is the sincere hope of the Board of School Trustees that this Guide will be helpful to students, parents, and teachers in the effort to promote more democratic schools and continued good relations between students and teachers.