Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

Network, Computer, Internet and E-mail

The purpose of the Estelline Public School’s network is to serve the student by making available print and non-print materials and technological connections that will contribute to formal and or self-educational needs and to promote the flow of ideas.

The school’s computer system provides the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the school’s resources. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the school to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.

With access to computers all over the world also comes availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. The Estelline Public School has taken available precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on the worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may obtain material that is not consistent with our educational goals.

Parents concerned about their children’s use of the electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines. Parents may wish to spend time on-line with their children to discuss the wealth of information available.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. The smooth operation of the networks relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources.

The use of the computers and network resources is a privilege, not a right! Inappropriate use will result in restrictions or cancellation of those privileges.

 

VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

Violations of the following terms and conditions will result in the following penalties. First offense – The student will lose all Internet/e-mail privileges for one 9-week period. The student will still be allowed to use the network for classroom assignments. Second offense – The student will lose all network privileges for the remainder of the year. The student needs to be prepared to accept the consequences of his/her actions as this can adversely affect his/her ability to complete classroom assignments. Consequences may be carried over to the next academic year. Names of students on computer suspension will be posted in the teacher workroom.

Should any student violate the law while using computers, referral may be made to civil authorities. Should any student’s computer usage result in other legal actions, such as action to recover civil damages and penalties, etc., the school district may pursue legal action.

 

GENERAL RULES OF COMPUTER AND LAB USE

• Do not use the computer to harm other people or their work.
• Do not damage the computer or the network in any way.
• Do not interfere with the operation of the network by installing legal/illegal software, shareware or freeware.
• Do not violate copyright laws.
• Do not view, send or display offensive messages or pictures.
• Do not trespass in another’s folder, work or files.
• Outside software, disks, CDs are not allowed, unless cleared with the Technology Coordinator (*this includes music CDs)
• No food, drink or other items of the sort in the lab.
• Do not change system configurations – this includes desktop patterns, screen savers, volume, etc. unless cleared with the Tech Coordinator.
• Your work area is to be neat and orderly when you leave the lab.

 

INTERNET

The Internet is a global electronic information infrastructure, a network of global networks. Because the Internet is a constantly changing electronic environment, the information available to users is constantly changing, and therefore, it is impossible to predict with certainty what information users might locate. The school district shall make every effort to restrict access to inappropriate materials; however, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network. This networking environment requires that the user be responsible for the appropriate use of this service. Therefore, the district shall not be liable for the content or viewing of any materials not prepared by the district. Availability of some materials on the Internet does not indicate endorsement of the content by the Estelline School District. The following rules apply to the use of the Internet.

• Only school sponsored and maintained e-mail accounts will be allowed.
• Chat rooms and messenger services are not allowed.
• Be polite and use appropriate language in your messages to others. Obscene, abusive, sexually explicit or threatening language will not be tolerated.
• Never reveal your own or anyone else’s personal addresses, phone number or password.
• You are prohibited from accessing, uploading, downloading, distributing, viewing or possessing any pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material and web sites that promote racism or religious intolerance.
• The student and not the Estelline School District is responsible for possession of any and all materials, and for his/her actions with the use of the Internet.
• You must abide by any and all local, state and federal rules and regulations.
• The student is responsible for any action, artifice or scheme to defraud or obtain money, property, services and other things of value by false pretenses, promises or representations while using this access.
• Develop web pages only as directed by staff members to fulfill course or school related activities.
• ACCESS IS A PRIVILEGE – NOT A RIGHT.

 

NETWORK

The school district does not guarantee that the network will be uninterrupted or error-free, nor does it make any warranty as to the results to be obtained from use of the service or the accuracy or quality of the information obtained on or by the network. Access to the network is provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind. Neither the school district nor any of its agents or employees shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of the sue of or inability to use the network or out of any breach of any warranty.

 

USER ACCOUNTS

User accounts are considered the property of the Estelline School District. The school district expressly reserves the right, at any time, to log, monitor and review the subject, content and appropriateness of electronic communications or other computer files and remove them if warranted. Any violation will be reported to the school administration or appropriate law enforcement officials.

Persons using the district network shall have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality in the content of electronic communications or other computer files sent and received on the district network.

 

RULES OF NETWORK USE

• The student is responsible for all use of the network under his/her account and user name regardless of whether access is gained with or without the student’s knowledge and or consent.
• Use only your own account. You may not access any other person’s material, information, or files.
• The student will immediately notify the Tech Coordinator if he/she suspects any unauthorized use of his/her account. The student will remain liable and responsible for any unauthorized use until the district is notified of the suspected unauthorized use.
• Do not harm or destroy in any way, the data of another user, including the uploading of, or the creation of computer viruses to any computer.
• Do not place unlawful information, any abusive, defamatory, obscene, profane, sexually explicit, threatening or illegal material on the network.
• Do not use the district network to solicit sales, or conduct business.
• Do not transmit copyrighted material without the express consent or authorization of the owner of the copyrights.

 

NETWORK SECURITY

Security of all networks connected to the Estelline School District is a high priority. Anyone observing a security problem on the district network shall notify the Tech Coordinator. Any person identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the district network.