FILE:  EFA

Cf:  EFB

 

 

INTERNET AND TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE

 

 

The Grant Parish School Board believes it is necessary for all persons to become aware of acceptable use of computers. Any person using computers or other electronic Information resources shall be required to use such equipment and resources in a responsible, legal manner.  The School Board retains the right to monitor all computer usage and files for compliance to all regulations and/or procedures. 

 

Technology, particularly Internet access, is available to students and employees in the Grant Parish School System.  Technology offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to students, teachers, and administrators.

 

The goal in providing these resources to students is to enhance innovative education for students through access to unique resources and collaborations.  Furthermore, learning and teaching should be improved through research, teacher training, collaboration, and dissemination of successful educational practices, methods, and materials.

 

Guidelines for technology users have been developed to make users aware of the responsibilities they are about to assume.  Responsibilities include appropriate, efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of network resources.  All users, including students, employees, or any other users of School Board computers, hardware, and Board network shall abide by all policies of the School Board and any applicable administrative regulations and procedures.  Students and parents shall be provided copies of use technology regulations in the student handbook.

 

All employees shall be required to sign and adhere to the provisions of this acceptable use policy on a yearly basis.  The signed documents shall be kept on file at each school or office.

 

The Grant Parish School Board makes no warranties of any kind, whether implied or expressed, for the service it is providing. Grant Parish School Board cannot be held responsible for any damages suffered by user as a result of any occurrence relating to the computer network.  This includes loss of data from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or interruptions caused by Board negligence or user errors or omissions.  Grant Parish School Board specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of any material or information obtained through its services and that the use of any information obtained from the Internet or the District network is at the user's own risk.

 

INTERNET PROTECTION MEASURE

 

A technology protection measure is a hardware and/or software technology that restricts or filters access to specific areas or sites on the Internet.  It provides a measure of protection against access by minors or adults to Internet resources that are obscene, contain child pornography, contain material harmful to minors (with respect to Internet access by minors), including without limitation sites that are excessively, violent, pervasively vulgar, or sexually harassing or are otherwise inappropriate in an educational environment.  Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited. 

 

Grant Parish School District utilizes blocking technology whereby specific Internet sites are included in a list of blocked sites and access to these sites is blocked.  At the minimum, the blocked site list is updated weekly.  All Internet access in the District is filtered.  While the filter is very effective in blocking inappropriate content, the Internet is a rapidly expanding resource and no filtering or blocking technology is 100% effective.  The possibility exists that all inappropriate content may not be blocked or that a determined person may find a method to partially or completely circumvent the filtering or blocking method.

 

As a matter of policy, all Internet access from within Grant Parish School District will be filtered.  There is no exception to this policy.  In the case of Internet access by minors, the filtering mechanism may not be disabled for any reason.  For access by adults, the filtering mechanism may be, but is not required to be, disabled only to enable bona fide research.  Only authorized persons may disable for an adult user the blocking or filtering mechanism in order to enable Internet access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes, which shall include online services for legitimate scientific or educational purposes approved by the Board, or access to online services of a newspaper with a daily circulation of at least 1,000.

 

If a person feels an Internet site has been blocked in error, a written request from the school or central office department head must be submitted to the Technology Department who will review the site in question.  If it is deemed that the site is wrongly blocked, the site will be opened. If there is any question about the appropriateness of the site, the Technology Department will make a recommendation to the Superintendent for a final decision.

 

ACCESS BY MINORS TO INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL IN THE INTERNET AND WORLD WIDE WEB

 

As stated, active measures such as filtering Internet access have been taken to minimize the chance of access by minors to these inappropriate materials. Additionally, as in other school matters, student use of the Internet shall be supervised by school staff to reduce the chance a student shall access inappropriate material.  In order to educate students on appropriate use of the District system and the Internet, personnel who are responsible for supervising student access to the District's system shall provide information to students emphasizing ethical and appropriate use of these resources.  Age and grade appropriate classroom instruction shall be provided regarding Internet and cell phone safety.  Such instruction shall include appropriate online behavior, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response, as well as areas of concern as authorized in state and federal law.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY OF MINORS WHEN USING ELECTRONIC MAIL, CHAT OR OTHER DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Due to the problems involved with providing adequate supervision of electronic communications, student email accounts shall not be issued by Grant Parish School Board. Additionally, two-way, real-time electronic communication technologies such as Internet-based instant messaging and Internet chat shall not be allowed within the District. Furthermore, the participation by students in asynchronous electronic forums or bulletin boards that are not exclusively of educational nature shall be prohibited.  The exception to this is pre-approved, temporary access to such technologies for a specific educational need. Such usage must have prior written approval from the Technology Department and will be granted on a temporary basis.  Written request for access to these technologies from the school principal or central office department head must be submitted to the Technology Department for written approval.  If there is a question about the appropriateness of the access, the Technology Department shall make a recommendation to the Superintendent for a final decision.

 

HACKING, VANDALISM, AND UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS

 

Malicious attempt to harm, deface, degrade, or destroy District equipment, software, or data or the data of another user or system to which the District network is connected shall be strictly prohibited.  Such action shall include but not be limited to intentionally uploading or creating computer viruses, "hacking" of websites, or intentionally degrading or disrupting system performance.  Additionally, attempting to log on to the system by using another person's password or attempting to access District resources, or those resources connected to the District network, for which the user does not have permissions or rights shall be prohibited.  These actions shall be viewed as violations of District guidelines and policy and, possibly, as criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws.

 

UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors shall be prohibited.  Requests for account usernames and password will never be requested via email and any such requests should be regarded as unauthorized and shall be immediately reported to the school principal or department head.  Requests for personal information regarding students or staff should not be honored via email. 

 

EMAIL AND GENERAL TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

 

 

REGULATIONS FOR APPROPRIATE USE

 

Regulations for participation by anyone on the Internet shall include but not be limited to the following:

 

  1. Users shall demonstrate honest, integrity, and respect for others at all times.  Appropriate manners and language shall be required.

  2. No individual student shall be permitted to have an e-mail account.  Only teachers and classes as a whole may be permitted to use e-mail.  E-mail is not guaranteed to be private on the Internet.  Therefore, only appropriate teacher or class messages shall be allowed.

 

    1. GPSB provides email accounts for its employees and does not warrant access to other email services or messaging services. Grant Parish Schools' email accounts are to be used for professional correspondence.

    2. Web mail shall not be permitted on any computers located in classrooms or used by students.

    3. Users shall not post or forward email chain letters or send annoying or unnecessary messages to others.

    4. Users shall not use district email to mass email and “spam” any users (internal and external) with unauthorized communications or solicitations.

    5. E-mail, chat, and instant messaging of any form shall be used for legitimate and responsible communication only. Use of any of these technologies for commercial purposes, financial gain, fraud, illegal acts, or threatening the safety of a person is prohibited.

 

    1. Hate mail, including statements that bully, threaten, intimidate and harass, discriminatory remarks, cursing, and other and-social behaviors are prohibited.

 

  1. No photographs, personal addresses, personal phone numbers, or last names shall be permitted in student use of the Internet.

  2. Illegal activities, including copyright or contract violations shall not be permitted.  The Internet may not be used for financial or commercial gain.

  3. Threatening, profane, or abusive messages shall be forbidden.

  4. No activities shall be allowed which may damage or interrupt equipment or any networking system.

  5. Any attempt to alter, harm or destroy the data of another user of the Internet, or any network on the Internet shall be forbidden.

  6. No user shall be permitted to upload, or create, a computer virus on the Internet or any networking system.

  7. Resources offered by the Internet and paid for by the School Board may not be willfully wasted.

  8. A user shall not attempt to access any Internet resources or entities not previously authorized by the teacher.

  9. Invading the privacy of another user, or using their account, shall not be tolerated.

  10. Posting personal messages without the author's consent shall be forbidden.

  11. Sending or posting anonymous messages shall be forbidden.

  12. Perusing, or otherwise accessing, obscene or pornographic material, or using profanity in messages shall be forbidden.

  13. Product advertising, political lobbying, or sending messages involving illegal activities shall not be permitted.  Violations shall be reported to the teacher when evidence of such is encountered on the Internet.

  14. Any subscriptions to list servers, bulletin boards, or on-line services shall be approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee prior to any such usage.

  15. When a security problem is detected, it shall be reported immediately to the teacher.  The problem shall not be demonstrated to other users.

  16. A user who accesses, sends, receives, or configures electronically any profane or obscene language or pictures may be disciplined at the discretion of the principal.

  17. No software may be used which has been brought from home. 

  18. The network shall not be used in a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users (e.g. downloading huge files during prime time, sending mass E-mail messages, installation of unapproved software, or annoying other users using chat, talk, or write functions).  The network should be used only for research, information gathering, and academic practice directly related to school assignments and extracurricular projects supervised by school faculty.

  19. The network is not designed to be used as a radio or television for the classroom.  Any such use should be directly related to instruction.  All streaming media not directly related to instruction shall be prohibited, including Internet radio and TV.

  20. Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer, computing system, or network shall be prohibited. Use of the network to damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited.

  21. Files stored on district computers and servers should be limited to those relating to formal school courses or activities.

  22. Using the account or password of another user or allowing others to use your account or password shall be strictly prohibited. Distribution of passwords by other than designated staff is forbidden.  Under no condition should a user give his/her password to another person nor post the password in written form where it can easily be seen by others.

  23. Users shall log off or lock their personal accounts when they step away from the computer for more than a few moments to prevent unauthorized access.

  24. Use of Electronic Devices

 

    1. The use of all recording devices of any kind, including but not limited to all kinds of cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, etc. except for instructional purposes or GPSB official business is strictly prohibited.

    2. Should a student utilize the Internet, cameras, cell phones, "MOOS" and any of the above mentioned technologies to communicate with students or staff using off campus resources that subsequently cause "material disruption' at school, he/she will be disciplined in accordance with the parish discipline plan.

 

VIOLATION OF POLICY

 

In the case of students, the violation of any policy may result in the cancellation of user privileges and/or disciplinary action including expulsion or suspension.  In the case of staff, the violation of any policy may result in the cancellation of user privileges and/or disciplinary action in accordance with tenure laws and due process provisions.  Such acts may also result in criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. In the case where such actions result in the District incurring costs to restore the network system, hardware, software, or data, the Board may seek restitution for restoration costs.

 

New policy:  March, 2008

Revised:  June, 2009

Revised:  November, 2012

 

 

Ref:    47 USC 254 (Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:100.7, 17:280

Board minutes, 11-5-98, 12-6-07, 2-5-09, 5-7-09, 1-10-13

 

Grant Parish School Board