Computer Acceptable Use Policy

Faulkton Area Schools District 24-4

Student Acceptable Use Policy

Faulkton Area School District is providing students access to the district’s electronic network. This network includes Internet access, computer services, videoconferencing, computer equipment and related equipment for educational purposes.  The purpose of this network is to assist in preparing students for success in life and work in the 21st century by providing them with electronic access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with people throughout the world.  This document contains the rules and procedures for students’ acceptable use of the Faulkton Area School District electronic network.

  • The Faulkton Area School District electronic network has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities.
  • The Faulkton Area School District electronic network has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. Faulkton Area School District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on material that is accessed or posted throughout the network.
  • Parent/guardian permission is required for all students under the age of 18.  Access is a privilege — not a right. 
  • It is presumed that students will honor this agreement they and their parent/guardian have signed.  The district is not responsible for the actions of students who violate them beyond the clarification of standards outlined in this policy.
  • The district reserves the right to monitor all activity on this electronic network.  Students will indemnify the district for any damage that is caused by students' inappropriate use of the network.
  • Students are expected to follow the same rules, good manners and common sense guidelines that are used with other daily school activities as well as the law in the use of the Faulkton Area School District electronic network.

General Unacceptable Behavior

While utilizing any portion of the Faulkton Area School District electronic network or with the use of the Districts tablet at home, unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Students will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or danger of disruption.
  • Students will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
  • Students will 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 messages, they must stop.
  • Students will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
  • Students will not use criminal speech or speech in the course of committing a crime such as threats to the president, instructions on breaking into computer networks, child pornography, pornography, drug dealing, purchase of alcohol, gang activities, threats to an individual, etc.
  • Students will not use speech that is inappropriate in an educational setting or violates district rules.
  • Students will not abuse network resources such as sending chain letters or "spamming.
  • Students will not display, access or send offensive messages or pictures.
  • Students will not use the Faulkton Area School District electronic network for commercial purposes. Students will not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through this network.

·   Students will not use the Faulkton Area School District electronic network for political lobbying. Students may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express their opinions on political issues.

·    Students will not attempt to access non-instructional district systems, such as student information systems or business systems.

·    Students will not use of any wired or wireless network (including third party internet service providers) with equipment brought from home.  Example:  The use of an IPod or home computer on the network or accessing the internet from any device not owned by the district.

·    Students will not use district equipment, network, or credentials to threaten employees, or cause a disruption to the educational program.

·    Students will not use the district equipment, network, or credentials to send or post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

E-Mail

The K12 email system is monitored by Administration; all emails sent through the k12 system are subject to review by Administration at any time.

  • E-mail for students in the elementary and middle school grades will be provided through a teacher for classroom activities.
  • High school students may be provided with e-mail accounts with the approval of the building level administrator for specific educational projects or activities.
  • Students will not establish or access Web-based e-mail accounts on commercial services through the district network unless such accounts have been approved for use by the individual school.
  • Students will not repost a message that was sent to them privately without the permission of the person who sent them the message.

·     Students will not post private information about another person.

World Wide Web

  • Elementary School Level - Access to information for students on the Web will generally be limited to prescreened sites that are closely supervised by the teacher.

·    Middle and High School Level - Access to information for students on the Web will generally be provided through prescreened sites and in a manner prescribed by their school.

Message Board/Blog Groups

·     The district will provide access to selected newsgroups that relate to subjects appropriate for educational use.  Messages posted locally that are in violation of this policy will be removed. The district reserves the right to immediately terminate an account of a student who misuses the message boards or Usenet groups.

Websites

  • Elementary and Middle School Level - Group pictures without identification of individual students are permitted.  Student work may be posted with either student first name only or other school-developed identifier (such as an alias or number). 
  • High School Level - Students may be identified by their full name with parental approval.  Group or individual pictures of students with student identification are permitted with parental approval.  Parents may elect to have their child assigned to the elementary/middle school level of use.
  • Material placed on student Web pages are expected to meet academic standards of proper spelling, grammar and accuracy of information. 
  • Material (graphics, text, sound, etc.) that is the ownership of someone other than the student may not be used on Web sites unless formal permission has been obtained.

·    All student Web pages should have a link back to the home page of the classroom, school or district, as appropriate.

Personal Safety

  • Students will not share personal contact information about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, or work address.
  • Elementary and middle school students will not disclose their full name or any other personal contact information for any purpose.
  • High school students will not disclose personal contact information, except to education institutes for educational purposes, companies or other entities for career development purposes, or without specific building administrative approval.
  • Students will not agree to meet with someone they have met online.

·         Students will promptly disclose to a teacher or other school employee any message received that is inappropriate or makes the student feel uncomfortable

System Security

  • Students are responsible for their individual accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use them. Under no conditions should students provide their password to another person.
  • Students must immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if they have identified a possible security problem.  Students should not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
  • Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion of the Faulkton Area School District electronic network. This includes attempting to log in through another person's account or access another person's folders, work, or files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".

·         Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.

·         Users will not attempt to access Web sites blocked by district policy, including the use of proxy services, software, or Web sites.

·         Users will not use sniffing or remote access technology to monitor the network or other user’s activity.

Software and Files

  • Software is available to students to be used as an educational resource.  No student may install, upload or download software without permission from the district technology department.
  • A student's account may be limited or terminated if a student intentionally misuses software on any district-owned equipment.

·    Files stored on the network are treated in the same manner as other school storage areas, such as lockers. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the Faulkton Area School District electronic network may lead to discovery that a student has violated this policy or the law. Students should not expect that files stored on district servers are private.

Technology Hardware

         Hardware and peripherals are provided as tools for student use for educational purposes.  Students are not permitted to relocate hardware (except for portable devices), install peripherals or modify  settings to equipment without the consent of the district technology department. 

Vandalism

·         Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data, the network, other network components connected to the network backbone, hardware or software will result in cancellation of network privileges.  Disciplinary measures in compliance with the district's discipline code and policies will be enforced.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

  • Students will not plagiarize works found on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were the students’.
  • District policies on copyright will govern the use of material accessed and used through the district system.

·    Copyrighted material will not be placed on any system without the author's permission.  Permission may be specified in the document, on the system or must be obtained directly from the author.

Videoconference

  • Videoconferencing is a way that students can communicate with other students, speakers, museums, etc. from other parts of the country and the world.  With videoconferencing equipment, students can see, hear, and speak with other students, speakers, museum personnel, etc. in real time. 
  • Videoconference sessions may be videotaped by district personnel or by a participating school involved in the exchange in order to share the experience within our or their building or district.

·   Students' voices, physical presence, and participation in the videoconference are transmitted to participating sites during each session. Rules and procedures relative to acceptable use and behavior by students apply during all videoconference sessions.

Student Rights

  • Students' right to free speech applies to communication on the Internet.  The Faulkton Area School District electronic network is considered a limited forum, similar to a school newspaper, and therefore the district may restrict a student's speech for valid educational reasons. The district will not restrict a student's speech on the basis of a disagreement with the opinions that are being expressed.

·    An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated this policy or the law. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

Due Process

  • The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the district network.
  • In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the district acceptable use regulation and policy, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation.  An opportunity will be provided to present an explanation before a neutral administrator (or student will be provided with notice and an opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the disciplinary code).
  • Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. Violations of the acceptable use regulation and policy may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.

·   If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions of other school rules, it will be handled in a manner described in the school rules. Additional restrictions may be placed on a student's use of his/her network account.

Limitation of Liability

  • The district makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the district network will be error-free or without defect. The district will not be responsible for any damage suffered, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service.

·         The district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the network. The district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the network. 

Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy

Violations of this policy may result in loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.  Students' violation of this policy shall be subject to the consequences as indicated within this policy as well as other appropriate discipline, which includes but is not limited to:

§  Use of district network only under direct supervision

§  Suspension of network privileges

§  Revocation of network privileges

§  Suspension of computer privileges

§  Suspension from school

§  Expulsion from school and/or

§  Legal action and prosecution by the authorities

The particular consequences for violations of this policy shall be determined by the school administrators.  The superintendent or designee and the board shall determine when school expulsion and/or legal action or actions by the authorities are the appropriate course of action. 

Faulkton Area Schools District 24-4

Internet Safety Policy

The school district has technology protection measures for all computers in the school district, including computers in media centers/libraries, that block and/or filter visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography and harmful to minors as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The school district will certify that schools in the district including media centers and libraries are in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Compliance measures contained within this plan address the following:

Access by Minors to Inappropriate Matter on the Internet and World Wide Web

1.     Users will not use the district system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).  For students, special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of such access is to conduct research AND both the teacher and the parent approve access.  District employees may access the above material only in the context of legitimate research.

2.     If a user inadvertently accesses such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school.  Students should immediately notify teachers.  Teachers and staff should immediately notify building administration.  Building administration should immediately notify supervisor of technology.  This will protect users against an allegation that they have intentionally violated the acceptable use policy.

3.     The fact that the filtering technology has not protected against access to certain material shall not create the presumption that such material is appropriate for users to access.  The fact that the filtering software has protected access to certain material shall not create the presumption that the material is inappropriate for users to access.

The board will provide student access to Internet resources only in supervised environments and has taken steps to lock out objectionable areas to the extent possible, but potential dangers remain.

Safety and Security of Minors when using Electronic Mail, Chat Rooms, and other Forms of Direct Electronic Communications and Unauthorized Disclosures

1.     Student users will not post or share contact information about themselves or other people.  Personal contact information includes the student’s name together with other information that would allow an individual to locate the student, including, but not limited to, parent(s) name(s), home address/ location, work address/location, or phone number.

2.     Elementary and middle school students will not disclose their full name or any other personal contact information for any purpose.

3.     High school students will not disclose personal contact information, except to education institutes for educational purposes, companies or other entities for career development purposes, or with specific staff approval.

4.     Students will not disclose names, personal contact information, or any other private or personal information about other students under any circumstances.  Students will not forward a message that was sent to them privately without permission of the person who sent them the message.

5.     Students will not agree to meet someone they have met online.

6.     Students will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.  Students should not delete such messages until instructed to do so by a staff member.

  Unauthorized Access, Including “Hacking” and other Unlawful Activities by Minors Online

1.     Security on any computer network is a high priority, especially when the network involves many users.  If a user feels he/she can identify a security problem on the computer network, the user must notify a network administrator or building level administrator.  The user should not inform individuals other than network or building administrators of a security problem.

2.     Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account.  Under no conditions should a user provide their password to another person.

3.     Passwords to the network should not be easily guessed by others, nor should they be words that could be found in a dictionary.

4.     Attempts to log in to the network using either another user’s account or as a network administrator could result in termination of the account.  Users should immediately notify a network administrator if a password is lost or stolen, or if they have reason to believe that someone has obtained unauthorized access to their account.  Any user identified as a security risk will have limitations placed on usage of the network or may be terminated as a user and be subject to other disciplinary action. 

5.     Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district system or to any other computer system through the district system, or go beyond their authorized access.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files.  These actions are illegal, even if only for the purpose of “browsing”.

6.     Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.  These actions are illegal. 

7.     Users will not use the district system to engage in any illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, etc.

  1. Users will not attempt to access Web sites blocked by district policy, including the use of proxy services, software, or Web sites.
  1. Students will not attempt to access non-instructional district systems, such as student information systems or business systems.
  1. Users will not use sniffing or remote access technology to monitor the network or other user’s activity.

11.  Users will not use any wired or wireless network (including third party internet service providers) with equipment brought from home.  Example: The use of a home computer on the network or accessing the Internet from any device not owned by the district.

  1. Users will not use district equipment, network, or credentials to threaten employees, or cause a disruption to the educational program.
  1. Users will not possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal behavior or that could threaten school safety, using the Internet or Web sites at school to encourage illegal behavior, or threatening school safety.

14.  Users will not use the district equipment, network, or credentials to send or post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

Technology Protection Measure (Internet Filtering)

The district has selected a technology protection measure (Internet filtering) for use with the district Internet system and offsite on District issues mobile devices.  The filtering technology will always be configured to protect against access material that is obscene, illegal (i.e. child pornography) and material that is harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The district or individual schools may, from time to time, reconfigure the filtering software to best meet the educational needs of the district or schools and address the safety needs of the students.

The district technology department will conduct an annual analysis of the effectiveness of the selected filter and will make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the selection and configuration of the filter.

The filter 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.  The filter may be disabled during non-student use time for system administrative purposes.

Filtering technology has been found to inappropriately block access to appropriate material.  To ensure that the implementation of the technology protection measure is accomplished in a manner that retains district control over decision making regarding the appropriateness of material for students; does not unduly restrict the educational use of the district Internet system by teachers and students; and ensures the protection students’ constitutional right to access to information and ideas, authority will be granted to selected educators to temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites blocked by the filter.

Authority to temporarily unblock access will be granted to building administrators and or his/her designees, and any media specialists or teacher who regularly uses the Internet for instructional purposes who request permission to have such authority.  Individuals granted authority to temporarily unblock sites must meet standards for technical proficiency that are deemed necessary to ensure the security of the system.  The technology department shall determine such standards.

To temporarily unblock a site, the authorized individual must review the content of the site, outside of the presence of any student, prior to allowing access to the site by a student.

Reports of all instances of temporary unblocking will automatically be forwarded to the supervisor of technology.

If an unauthorized individual believes that the blocked site should be permanently unblocked, a recommendation will be forward to the supervisor of technology.  The supervisor of technology will make a decision to permanently unblock access to the site or may delegate the decision to the district technology committee.  A list of all sites that have been permanently unblocked, together with the rationale for making the decision to unblock the site will be forwarded on a monthly basis to the superintendent and the district technology office.

A request to unblock process will be established in secondary libraries to allow students to anonymously request that a blocked site be temporarily or permanently unblocked.


Student Pledge for laptop Use

1. I will take good care of my laptop and know that I will be issued the same laptop and AC/Adapter each year.

2. I will never leave the laptop or AC/Adapter unattended.

      a. Replacement AC/Adapters will not be loaned out without a $35.00 deposit, if AC/Adapter is returned in working condition deposit will be refunded.

3. I will never lend my laptop or AC/Adapter to other individuals.

4. I will know where my laptop and AC/Adapter is at all times.

5. I will charge my laptop's battery daily.

6. I will keep food and beverages away from my laptop since they may cause damage to the computer.

7. I will never disassemble any part of my laptop or attempt any repairs.

8. I will protect my laptop by only carrying it while in the bag provided or an approved case.

9. I will use my laptop computer in ways that are appropriate and educational.

10. I will not place decorations (such as stickers, markers, etc.) on the District laptop.

11. I understand that my laptop is subject to inspection at any time without notice and remains the property of the District.

12. I will follow the policies outlined in the Laptop section of the Student Handbook while at school, as well as outside the school day.

13. I will file a police report in case of theft, vandalism, and other acts covered by insurance.

14. I will be responsible for all damage or loss caused by neglect or abuse.

      a. AC\Adapter             $35.00

      b. Screen                    $250.00

      c. Keyboard                $50.00

      D. Stylus                     $60.00

15. I agree to pay for the replacement of my power cords, battery, or laptop case in the event any of these items are lost or stolen. 

16. I agree to return the District laptop and power cords in good working condition.

17. I understand that any attempt to harass, bully, intimidate, threaten, or cause physical, emotional, or social discomfort or distress by electronic or any other means or device that uses the district’s network or other electronic assets is strictly forbidden and may result in suspension and loss of privileges up to and including network or Internet access for the remainder of the year.

Our signatures indicate that we have reviewed a copy of the Faulkton Area Schools Acceptable Use Policy on the home page @www.faulkton.k12.sd.us. (under policies tab)

Student Name: ____________________________________ (Please Print)

 

Student Signature: ___________________________ Date: _______________

 

Parent Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________

 

 

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