Access to Electronic Networks
Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the
District’s instructional program and serve to promote educational
excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and
communication. The Superintendent shall develop an implementation plan
for this policy and appoint system administrator(s).
The School District is not responsible for any information that may
be lost or damaged, or become unavailable when using the network, or for
any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet.
Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized
charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. Any unauthorized
charges or fees resulting from access to Internet will be solely the
responsibility of the individual user.
Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior
The use of the District’s electronic networks shall: (1) be
consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the
varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and
developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection
criteria for instructional materials and library resource center
materials. As required by federal law and Board Policy 6:60, Curriculum
Content, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior,
including but not limited to: (1) interacting with other individuals on
social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (2) cyber-bullying
awareness and response. Staff members may, consistent with the
Superintendent’s implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the
The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.
All use of the District’s electronic networks must be: (1) in support
of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated
herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a
privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation
of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via
the District’s electronic networks or District computers. General rules
for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks.
The District’s Electronic Network and Technology Handbook
contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol. Electronic
communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a
user’s account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school
Use of the District Computer Network or Internet by teachers,
students or staff members is deemed "unacceptable" which, as determined
by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s Designee: (a) causes
substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school
or school activities; (b) violates the rights of others; (c) is
socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to the maturity level of the
individual; (d) is primarily intended as an immediate solicitation of
funds; or (e) constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct.
Each District computer with Internet access shall have a filtering
device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene, (2)
pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined
by federal law, Children’s Internet Protection Act, and as determined by
the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall
enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor,
or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona
fide research or other lawful purpose, provided the person receives
prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator.
The Superintendent or Superintendent’s "Designee" shall include
measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:
- Limiting student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials;
- Ensuring student safety and security when using electronic communications;
- Limiting unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities; and
- Limiting authorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.
- Ensuring staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks.
Authorization for Electronic Network Access
Before being granted use of the District Computer Network and the
Internet via the District’s Internet connection, each teacher and staff
member must sign the District’s Internet Use Agreement. Each student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must also sign the District’s Internet Use Agreement before being granted unsupervised use.
All users of the District’s computers to access the Internet shall
maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to
protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential
student information is loaded onto the network.
The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the District Internet Use Agreement
or this policy will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
Adopted: June 8, 1998
Revised: October 15, 2001, November 16, 2009, September 29, 2014