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605.6 Internet - Appropriate Use

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Series 600

 

Policy Title:  Student Acceptable Use                                                                                                                                                                                                Code No.  605.6

 

The following statement of acceptable use of Oskaloosa Community School District technology resources applies to all Oskaloosa Community School District (OCSD) students, parents, and guests using school district technology resources.

The Oskaloosa Community School District offers a variety of technology resources for student and parent use. Access to these resources is a privilege and not a right and each student must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file. Privileges can and will be taken away for violation of the policy and regulations. All students and their parents or guardians must read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy, then sign and turn in the form to their building office. Students in grades 3-12 will sign the policy at school after reviewing with staff.

When using district-supplied technology resources, individuals agree to abide by all policies and procedures adopted by the Oskaloosa Community School District as well as all current federal, state, and local laws. These include district policies and procedures against harassment, plagiarism, and unethical conduct; as well as local, state, and federal laws prohibiting theft, copyright infringement, insertion of viruses into computer systems, vandalism, and other unlawful intrusions. In the event of violation of any these policies, procedures, or laws, current district disciplinary policies and practices will be followed, including those regulating the provision of information to law enforcement authorities.

INTERNET & NETWORK USE

  1. Internet and technology resources must be used in support of education and research, and consistent with OCSD educational objectives. Appropriate use of the network is critical for stability and smooth operation.
  2. The District’s computers, network, and/or internet connection is not a public access service and the District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material accessed and/or posted.
  3. The amount of time and type of access available may be limited by the School District’s technology and the demands for the use of the School District’s technology.
  4. Even if students have not been given access, they may still be exposed to information from the District’s computers, computer network, and/or the internet in guided curricular activities at the discretion of their teachers.
  5. The District is not responsible for the accuracy of information users access on the internet.
  6. Use of the District’s computers, network, and internet shall also comply with all School District policies and regulations.
  7. The School District will use technology protection measures to protect minors, to the extent technically possible, from inappropriate pictures that are (a) obscene, (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors. The technology protection measures will block access to a large percentage of inappropriate sites, however, it should not be assumed that users are completely prevented from accessing inappropriate materials or from sending or receiving objectionable communications.
  8. Unauthorized bypassing of the content filter by using proxy servers and/or other means is a violation of this policy. 
  9. Although reasonable efforts will be made to make sure students will be under supervision, it is not possible to constantly monitor individual students and some students may encounter information that may not be of educational value and/or may be inappropriate.
  10. The District has the right, but not the duty, to monitor any and all aspects of its computers, networks, and internet access including, but not limited to, monitoring sites students and visit on the internet and reviewing email.
  11. Inappropriate use and/or access will result in the restriction and/or termination of the individual’s privilege and may result in further discipline for students and/or other legal action.
  12. The District has the authority and right to examine all computer and internet activity of any user of the system.
  13. Any devices, including personal devices, used on the school network are covered under this policy.
  14. Students waive any right to privacy in anything they create, store, send, disseminate, or receive on the District’s computers and network, including the internet.
  15. It is the policy of the Oskaloosa School District to prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors.
  16. The District will provide age-appropriate training for students in regards to:
  • internet safety
  • appropriate online behavior, including social networking
  • cyber-bullying

Examples of inappropriate use are, but not limited to:

  • illegal activity
  • accessing or transmitting offensive materials
  • harassment, threats, or bullying
  • material advocating violence or discrimination
  • searching for, obtaining, or distributing obscene or pornographic material
  • creating or forwarding inappropriate (mean-spirited, racist, pornographic, false) material
  • creating and/or using another user's account, with or without their permission
  • accessing or modifying other user's accounts, files, or passwords
  • any actions that deliberately disrupt network service or damage equipment
  • commercial activities not related to school or unsolicited political lobbying
  • using hotspots from cellular devices

EMAIL & DIRECT COMMUNICATION

  1. Student email access will be determined at the building level. Users will check their email frequently and stay within their email quota.
  2. Instruction will be given to students on safety and security when using email, chat, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  3. Email messages are not confidential. Email messages may be requested by the public under the Open Records Act.
  4. Do not email personal items for sale or to give away. Ask your building administrator where these items may be posted.
  5. Do not send or forward email to the school mailing lists unless it specifically relates to school business.
  6. Do not engage in “spamming" or participate in chain letters.

Chain letter definition: a letter to be circulated among many people by being copied, or, sometimes, added to, and then passed to others with a request to do the same.

Spamming definition: To send (a message) indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups.

  1. Do not send large email attachments to class or building mailing lists or a large number of users at once. (General rule - less than 5 MB)
  2. Student names should not be included in the subject line of an email.
  3. Never reply to spam email.

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE/DATA

  1. Damage due to carelessness may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, fees and/or suspension of privileges.
  2. Vandalism will result in a suspension of privileges and payment for damages. Other District disciplinary policies and practices may also apply. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software, or data of another user or interference with network operation. This includes, but is not limited to the uploading or creation of viruses, removing keys from keyboards, removing any parts from equipment, and hacking.
  3. To maintain consistency and licensing, the Technology Department will regulate installation of software on computers. Students are prohibited from installing software.
  4. The District takes precautions to avoid data loss, but the potential for loss always exists.  No warranties, expressed or implied, are made by the School District for its computer technology and internet access and the District will not be responsible for any damage including, but not limited to the loss of data, delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence or omission.
  5. Any risk and/or damages resulting from information obtained from the District’s computers, network, and/or internet access is assumed by and is the responsibility of the user.

COPPA Information

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) is a United Stated Federal Law, enacted October 21, 1998.

The act, effective April 21, 2000, applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities from children under 13 years of age. It details what a website must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities a website has to protect children's privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13. While children under 13 can legally give out personal information with their parents' permission, many websites altogether disallow underage children from using their services due to the amount of work involved.

For educational purposes, the school may act as an intermediary between parents and operators for purposes of granting consent. A website is allowed to presume that consent provided by the school is based on the school having obtained this consent from parents. By signing this AUP, you give consent for using educational websites assigned in the classroom that require students to setup an account.

For more information on COPPA, go to http://www.coppa.org

 

Approved:  April 25, 2000

Reviewed:  December 8, 2014

Revised:  June 10, 2014

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013)

Cross Reference:  104 Anti-Bullying/Harassment; 502 Student Rights and Responsibilities; 506 Student Records; 605.5 School Library