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Technology

The board provides its students and staff access to a variety of technological resources. These
resources provide opportunities to enhance learning and improve communication within the
school community and with the larger global community. Through the school system’s
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technological resources, users can observe events as they occur around the world, interact with
others on a variety of subjects, and acquire access to current and in-depth information.
The board intends that students and employees benefit from these resources while remaining
within the bounds of safe, legal, and responsible use. Accordingly, the board establishes this
policy to govern student and employee use of school system technological resources. This policy
applies regardless of whether such use occurs on or off school system property, and it applies to
all school system technological resources, including but not limited to computer networks and
connections, the resources, tools, and learning environments made available by or on the
networks, and all devices that connect to those networks.
The use of school system technological resources, including access to the Internet, is a privilege,
not a right. Individual users of the school system’s technological resources are responsible for
their behavior and communications when using those resources. Responsible use of school
system technological resources is use that is ethical, respectful, academically honest, and
supportive of student learning. Each user has the responsibility to respect others in the school
community and on the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of
network etiquette. General student and employee behavior standards, including those prescribed
in applicable board policies, the Code of Student Conduct, and other regulations and school
rules, apply to the use of the Internet and other school technological resources.
In addition, anyone who uses school system computers or electronic devices or who accesses the
school network or the Internet using school system resources must comply with the additional
rules for responsible use listed in Section B, below. These rules are intended to clarify
expectations for conduct but should not be construed as all-inclusive.
Before using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate online behavior as
provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety.
All students and employees must be informed annually of the requirements of this policy and the
methods by which they may obtain a copy of this policy. Before using school system
technological resources, students and employees must sign a statement indicating that they
understand and will strictly comply with these requirements and acknowledging awareness that
the school system uses monitoring systems to monitor and detect inappropriate use of
technological resources. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in disciplinary action,
including revocation of user privileges. Willful misuse may result in disciplinary action and/or
criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal law.
1. School system technological resources are provided for school-related purposes only.
Acceptable uses of such technological resources are limited to responsible, efficient, and
legal activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school system technological
resources for commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Student personal use of school
system technological resources for amusement or entertainment is also prohibited.
Because some incidental and occasional personal use by employees is inevitable, the
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board permits infrequent and brief personal use by employees so long as it occurs on
personal time, does not interfere with school system business, and is not otherwise
prohibited by board policy or procedure.
2. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school system be copied for
personal use.
3. Students and employees must comply with all applicable laws, including those relating
to copyrights and trademarks, confidential information, and public records. Any use that
violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be
treated in the same manner as any other incidents of plagiarism, as stated in the Code of
Student Conduct.
4. No user of technological resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic
communications, may engage in creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading,
storing, printing, or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures),
sound files, text files, documents, messages, or other material that is obscene,
defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing, abusive, or considered to be harmful to
minors. This includes the use of school owned devices on or off school owned property.
5. The use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering is prohibited.
6. Users may not install or use any Internet-based file sharing program designed to
facilitate sharing of copyrighted material.
7. Users of technological resources may not send electronic communications
fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).
8. Users must respect the privacy of others. When using e-mail, chat rooms, blogs, or
other forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal personal identifying
information or information that is private or confidential, such as the home address or
telephone number, credit or checking account information, or social security number of
themselves or fellow students. For further information regarding what constitutes
personal identifying information, see policy 4705/7825, Confidentiality of Personal
Identifying Information. In addition, school employees must not disclose on school
system websites or web pages or elsewhere on the Internet any personally identifiable,
private, or confidential information concerning students (including names, addresses, or
pictures) without the written permission of a parent/guardian or an eligible student,
except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) or policy 4700, Student Records. Users also may not forward or post personal
communications without the author’s prior consent.
9. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers, computer systems,
electronic devices, software, computer networks, or data of any user connected to school
system technological resources. Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit
computer viruses or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade or disrupt
system performance. Users must scan any downloaded files for viruses.
The Internet and electronic communications offer fluid environments in which students may
access or be exposed to materials and information from diverse and rapidly changing sources,
including some that may be harmful to students. The board recognizes that it is impossible to
predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access or obtain.
Nevertheless, school system personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent students from
accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic, or otherwise harmful to
minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate
pedagogical purpose. The superintendent shall ensure that technology protection measures are
used as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety, and are disabled or minimized only when
permitted by law and board policy. The board is not responsible for the content accessed by users
who connect to the Internet via their personal mobile telephone technology (e.g., 3G, 4G
service).
The board recognizes that parents/guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying
the standards their children should follow when using media and information sources.
Accordingly, before a student may independently access the Internet, the student’s
parent/guardian must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain access to
inappropriate material while engaged in independent use of the Internet. The parent/guardian and
student must consent to the student’s independent access to the Internet and to monitoring of the
student’s Internet activity and e-mail communication by school personnel.
In addition, in accordance with the board’s goals and visions for technology, students may
require accounts in third party systems for school related projects designed to assist students in
mastering effective and proper online communications or to meet other educational goals.
Parent/guardian permission will be obtained when necessary to create and manage such third
party accounts.
Students, employees, visitors, and other users have no expectation of privacy in anything they
create, store, send, delete, receive, or display when using the school system’s network, devices,
Internet access, email system, or other technological resources owned or issued by the school
system, whether the resources are used at school or elsewhere, and even if the use is for personal
purposes. Users should not assume that files or communications created, transmitted, or
displayed using school system technological resources or stored on servers or on the storage
mediums of individual devices will be private. The school system may, without notice, (1)
monitor, track, and/or log network access, communications, and use; (2) monitor and allocate
fileserver space; and (3) access, review, copy, store, delete, or disclose the content of all user
files, regardless of medium, the content of electronic mailboxes, and system outputs, such as
printouts, for any lawful purpose. Such purposes may include, but are not limited to, maintaining
system integrity, security, or functionality, ensuring compliance with board policy and applicable
laws and regulations, protecting the school system from liability, and complying with public
records requests. School system personnel shall monitor online activities of individuals who
access the Internet via a school-owned device.
By using the school system’s network, Internet access, email system, devices, or other
technological resources, individuals consent to have that use monitored by authorized school
system personnel as described in this policy.
Each principal may establish rules for his or her school site as to whether and how personal
technology devices (including, but not limited to smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) may be
used on campus. Students’ devices are governed also by policy 4318, Use of Wireless
Communication Devices. The school system assumes no responsibility for personal
technology devices brought to school.
The superintendent may use any means available to request the removal of personal websites that
substantially disrupt the school environment or that utilize school system or individual school
names, logos, or trademarks without permission.
1. Students
Though school personnel generally do not monitor students’ Internet activity conducted on nonschool system devices during non-school hours, when the student’s online behavior has a direct
and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and discipline in the schools, the
student may be disciplined in accordance with board policy (see the student behavior policies in
the 4300 series).
2. Employees
Employees’ personal websites are subject to policy 7335, Employee Use of Social Media.
3. Volunteers
Volunteers are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at all times. Volunteers are
encouraged to block students from viewing personal information on volunteer personal websites
or online networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that students could view
materials that are not age-appropriate. An individual volunteer’s relationship with the school
system may be terminated if the volunteer engages in inappropriate online interaction with
students.