Technology - Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

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General Information
The Southern Regional High School District provides computer equipment, computer services, and Internet access to its students and staff for educational purposes only. Computers are located in classrooms, labs, and libraries. All online activity may be monitored.

Southern Regional has established procedures to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which mandates that:

  • All computers incorporate technology to protect students from obscene material, child pornography, and other harmful material,
  • Student Online activity is monitored, and
  • The district establishes an online safety policy.

Although Southern Regional uses filtering software, all parties must be aware that filters are imperfect. Material that should not get through does get through and material that should not be blocked does get blocked.

Students or staff who inadvertently access inappropriate material, should notify the supervising teacher or the Technology Department so that the site may be blocked and to avoid any problems if the access is picked up during the monitoring process.

Users who are blocked from accessing sites that are erroneously blocked can request that the site be unblocked. Students can process the request through the teachers for whom they are doing work. Teachers may request the unblocking through the technical support conference in Outlook.

These guidelines are provided so that staff, community, student users, and the parents/guardians of students are aware of their responsibilities. The district may modify these rules at any time. The signatures at the end of this document are legally binding and indicate that the parties who signed have read the terms and conditions carefully, understand their significance, and agree to abide by established rules.

Information Content and Uses of the System
The user agrees not to publish on or over the system any information, which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person or any information which would be abusive, profane, or sexually offensive to the average person. The user agrees not to use the facilities and capabilities of the system to conduct any business or solicit the performance of any activity that is prohibited by law.

Because Southern Regional provides access to the Internet, students and their parents understand that the district and the system administrators have no control over content. The district will provide student access to Internet resources only in supervised environments and has taken steps to prevent access to objectionable areas, but potential dangers remain. Students and their parents/guardians are advised that some systems may contain objectionable or illegal material. Southern Regional and the system administrators do not condone the use of such materials and do not permit usage of such materials in the school environment. Students knowingly bringing such materials into the school environment will be dealt with according to the discipline policies of the district and such activities may result in termination of such students’ accounts on the network. At any time, the systems administrator may prohibit the use of smart phones, foreign disks, or other devices (i.e., floppy disks, CD-Roms, USB key chains, etc.) on the district network. Remote access to the network is also prohibited for students.

Online Conduct
All users are prohibited from signing in as another user on the network. Any action by a member that is determined by a system administrator and/or District Administration to constitute an inappropriate use of network resources or to improperly restrict other members from using those resources is strictly prohibited and may result in appropriate action in compliance with the district’s discipline code.

Transmission of material, information, or software in violation of any local, state, or federal law is also prohibited and is a breach of the Terms and Conditions. Users and their parents/guardians specifically agree to indemnify the Southern Regional School District and the system administrators for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the district relating to or arising out of any breach of this section (Online Conduct) by the user.

Software Libraries
Software is provided to all users as a resource. No user may install, update, or download software without the consent of the system administrator. Any software having the purpose of damaging other members’ accounts or the district network (e.g., computer viruses) is specifically prohibited. The system administrators, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to refuse posting of files and to remove files. The system administrators, at their sole discretion, further reserve the right to immediately terminate the account or take other action consistent with the district’s discipline code of a member who misuses the software libraries.

COPPA
Under the provisions of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) all commercial web sites must get prior consent before children 13 and under are permitted to share any personal information about themselves, or are permitted to use any interactive communication technologies where they would be able to share personal information with others. This includes chat rooms, e-mail, instant messaging, personal profiles, personal web sites, registration forms, and mailing lists. Although school sites are exempt and may provide these interactive forums for students, we cannot allow students under 13 years of age to visit outside sites without parental consent. Both students in this age group and their teachers will be educated as to the provisions of the law and our AUP.

COPPA and Parents
COPPA requires expressed parental permission before any web site that can or is able to collect information via interactive components, allows children under the age of 13 to access their site. It must secure this permission regardless of whether information is collected. Simply having the ability to collect the information requires the parental permission for access. (Consent forms sent by parents/guardians via e-mail are not sufficient as parental permission).

The Southern Regional School District is aware of the provisions of and educates its staff and effected students about their rights and responsibilities. By signing this document, you as the parent/guardian are granting permission for your child under the age of 13 to access such sites as part of the curricular activities of the school.

COPPA and Students
Students under the age of 13 may not visit any web site capable of collecting personal information unless it is for curricular reasons and is under the direction or supervision of a teaching staff member of Southern Regional. Students under the age of 13 visiting such sites without permission or direction will be in violation of this policy.

Online Safety and Privacy
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools establish an online safety program which is separate from this AUP. It details specific measures that the school is taking to ensure the students’ safety while working online. This and other curricular documents are available upon request from the office of the superintendent.

Staff is reminded to follow safe Internet communications practices outlined below:

  • Never tell anyone personal information about yourself.
  • Never meet anyone in person whom you have met online.
  • Remember to never write any personal things about yourself in your online profile.
  • Be civil and polite online.
  • If people are conducting themselves poorly online, leave and report the conduct.
  • Report any activity that makes you uncomfortable or if someone sends you inappropriate e-mail.
  • Remember that you never really know who the other person is online.
  • Don’t do things online that you know you wouldn’t do in person.
  • If you find an inappropriate web site, just click the back button and go somewhere else.

Electronic Mail
Electronic mail ("e-mail") is an electronic message sent by or to a member in correspondence with another person having Internet mail access. E-mail messages on the Southern Regional network are the property of the district and may be accessed at any time. Messages received by the system are retained on the system until deleted by the recipient or until they reach the expiration date set by the system administrator.

Southern Regional will provide e-mail accounts to students who require them for curricular/ educational purposes upon their teacher’s request. Business, personal entertainment, or other non-educational uses are to be avoided. Student use of outside mail accounts or web-based e-mail is prohibited and a violation of this policy.

A canceled Southern Regional account will not retain its mail. Members are expected to remove old messages in a timely fashion. The system administrators may remove such messages if not attended to regularly by the member.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) mandates that student online activity is monitored. Though appropriate staff does not regularly read e-mail, it may be spot checked or monitored electronically.

It is a violation of this AUP to send mail that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or otherwise illegal. Anyone receiving such mail should refer it to the proper authorities for investigation. Southern Regional reserves the right to cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any mail transmitted on the Southern Regional network.

Real-time, interactive communication areas
The system administrators, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to immediately terminate the account of a member who misuses real-time conference features (talk/chat/Internet/relay chat).

Disk Usage
The system administrators reserve the right to set quotas for disk usage on the system. A user who exceeds his quota will be advised to delete files to return to compliance. A user who remains in noncompliance of disk space quotas after seven (7) days of notification will have their files removed by a system administrator.

Security
Security on any computer system is a high priority. If a member feels that he can identify a security problem on the system, the member must notify a system administrator or @srsd.net. The member should not demonstrate the problem to others. Members may not allow others to use their account and password. Attempts to log in to the system using either another member’s account or as a system administrator will result in termination of the account. Members should immediately notify a system 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 member identified as a security risk will have his/her account terminated and is subject to other disciplinary action.

Vandalism
Vandalism will result in cancellation of system privileges and other disciplinary measures in compliance with district policy and the discipline code. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the system, or any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone or of doing intentional damage to hardware or software resident on the system.

Game Playing and Painting
Game playing is permitted on the Southern Regional system only when the terminal is not needed for other purposes and the game conforms to the curricular goals of the district. Permission must be obtained in advance by the teacher in charge. Game playing over dial-up links or other inter-machine communication is prohibited. Although drawing and painting have legitimate academic use, those activities are prohibited when done for recreational purposes.

Printing
The printing facilities of the Southern Regional network should be used judiciously. Unnecessary printing is a drain of the capacity of the networks, adds expense, and shortens the life of the equipment. By developing on-screen proofreading skills and practicing proper use of cut and paste techniques, users must conserve printing resources and help the system run more efficiently.

Privately Owned Technology Devices
Privately owned technology device refers to any technology hardware or software that is borrowed, purchased, owned and/or maintained by the pupil or staff member at no expense to the school or district.

Privately owned technology devices include any type of computer, wireless phone, electronic reader, tablet, video recording device or camera.

The school district shall assume no responsibility for the security or damage to any privately owned technology device brought to school.

Students may use privately owned technology devices at the sole discretion of the classroom teacher. Teachers who wish to allow the use of privately owned technology devices shall notify their immediate supervisor as to the nature of this use.

Any pupil or staff member who uses a privately owned technology device while in school for any purpose must comply with all district policies and regulations regarding the acceptable use of computers and technology.

The school district assumes no responsibility for any privately owned technology device or software brought to school by a student or staff member.