Policy IJNDB: Acceptable Network Use Policy

The intent of this policy is that students will use computer networksonly for purposes consistent with our approved curriculum. All schoolcomputers are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legalmanner. The codes of conduct of the schools apply to our internalnetwork and to Internet activities, and this acceptable use policyshould therefore be considered an extension of the behavior codes.

The Internet is an electronic communications network which providesaccess to vast, diverse and unique resources in a global community. Ourgoal in providing Internet access to teachers, staff and students is topromote educational excellence in the schools by facilitating resourcesharing and communications. Staff and students are encouraged to usethe Internet to pursue intellectual activities, seek resources, accesslibraries and engage in learning activities.

Access to the district network is subject to adherence with thedistrict’s acceptable network use policy and the exercise of goodjudgment and common sense. All adult users will be required toacknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulationsand procedures governing use of the system and shall agree in writing tocomply with such regulations and procedures. All student users will berequired to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrativeregulations and procedures governing use of the system to the extentappropriate for their age.

Noncompliance with applicable regulations and procedures, orinappropriate use of the district network or external networks, mayresult in suspension or termination of user privileges and otherdisciplinary actions. Examples of such inappropriate uses includeunauthorized access into school accounts or private files, destructionof others’ files, harassment of students or staff, introduction ofcomputer viruses, commercial use of the school networks, violation ofcopyright laws, use of inappropriate language, transmission of orsearches for obscene material, installing non-approved software,physical abuse of equipment, and unauthorized reconfiguration ofequipment. (See policies JICFB Bullying and JICFC Student-to-StudentHarassment.) Violations of law may result in criminal prosecution aswell as loss of user privileges and disciplinary action.

Individuals who log on to the network at school are responsible forall activities while using their account. Therefore, users should notshare passwords and should change their passwords frequently. Usersshould also exercise caution when revealing personal information. Toinsure personal safety and the safety of others, users should notpublish their home address or phone number over the Internet. Ifstudents experience any concerns over communications they have receivedfrom others over the Internet, they should seek assistance from staff orparents immediately.

In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA),passed by the US Legislature in January, 2001 (Public Law 106-554), ourschools employ filtering software to block access to inappropriatecontent on all computers with Internet access. Users are restrictedfrom accessing visual depictions of subject matter that is obscene,pornographic, or harmful to minors. Users should furthermore be awarethat filtering software will not block ALL inappropriate web sites (e.g.new sites that have not yet been added to the filter lists). Membersof the school community will report inappropriate sites not blocked bythe filters to the appropriate staff. For users 18 and over, filteringsoftware may be temporarily disabled by a technology administrator forlegitimate research purposes, or the individual may be given access by atechnology administrator to a different, non-filtered account. Thedistrict reserves the right to filter other areas that may containsubject matter that is obscene, disruptive, harmful to minors orotherwise deemed inappropriate for school use.

Electronic mail transmissions and other use of electronic resources bystudents and employees will not be considered confidential and may bemonitored at any time by the network administrator or designated staffto ensure appropriate use for instructional and administrative purposes,and may be disclosed to others, including law enforcement officials,without notice.

The Superintendent will publish the Acceptable Network Use Policy Guidelines on the school district website each year.

LEGAL REF:

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Public Law 106-554, 2001

Region Voted to Approve: 10/24/06
Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/12/06
Pelham Voted to Approve: 12/14/06
Effective Date: 12/14/06