Internet Use Policy

INTERNET USE POLICY

Date Adopted: August 21, 2002 Policy Number: 6300.0 INSTRUCTION Curriculum

Athol-Royalston Regional School District

Internet Use Policy

The Internet is an electronic communications network which provides vast, diverse and unique resources. Our goal in providing this service to teacher, staff and ultimately students, is to promote educational excellence in the Athol-Royalston Regional School District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. There may be some material or individual communications which are not suitable for school-aged children. The Athol Royalston Regional School District views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as information gathered from other reference materials identified by the schools. Specifically, the district supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with directed guidance from the faculty and staff. Exploration and utilization of resources is encouraged. However, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network and an industrious user may discover inappropriate information.

In the schools, student access to, and use of, the Internet will be available through a school designated account and will be carried out at teacher direction and monitored as any other classroom activity. Training will be provided. Every school complies with the CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act. The school district, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals and policies of the school district.

Guidelines

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional networks. The operation of the Internet relies heavily on the proper conduct of the users, who must adhere to strict guidelines. The district staff has the right and obligation to monitor student Internet activities. Internet access is a privilege, not a right.It shall be the policy of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District that every student who uses the District’s internet connection shall have on file, at each school that the student attends, the official “Athol – RoyaIston Regional School District Contract Regarding the Use of the Internet” which is signed and dated by both the student and a parent/guardian. The Principal of each school shall be responsible for adherence to this policy and place such contracts in the student’s temporary file. If a district user violates any of the acceptable use provisions outlined in this document, his/her account will be terminated and future access will be denied. Some violations may also constitute a criminal offense and may result in legal action. Any use violating these provisions, applicable state and federal laws, or posted classroom and district policies, is subject to loss of access privileges and any other district disciplinary options.

1) Acceptable Use

• Student use must be in support of education and research consistent with curriculum

• Student use must be consistent with the rules appropriate to any network being used/accessed.

2) Unacceptable Use

Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Threatening or obscene material is prohibited. Distribution of material protected by trade secret is prohibited. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable.

• Product advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited.

• Plagiarism is prohibited.

3) Netiquette

• Do not watch when others type in their passwords.

• Be polite.

• Do not use vulgar or obscene language.

• Do not reveal your own home address, telephone #, or telephone # of others.

• Use caution when revealing your school address or e-mail number (or those of others).

• Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private.

• Do not intentionally disrupt the network or other users.

• Abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette.

4) Security

If you identify a security problem, notify a teacher/administrator immediately.

Do not show or identify a security problem to others.

Do not reveal your account password or allow another person to use your account.

Do not use another individual’s account.

Attempts to log on as another user will result in cancellation of your privileges.

Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access.

The student user must notify their teacher/administrator of any change in account information.

The student user may be occasionally required to update registration, password and account

information in order to continue Internet access.

The student user must use school accounts on school grounds.

5) Vandalism/ Harassment

• Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data or another user, the Internet or other networks. This includes, but is not limited to, creating and/or uploading computer viruses. Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user or the interference in another user’s work. This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted email.

• Vandalism and/or harassment will result in the cancellation of privileges.

6) Penalties

• Any user violating these provisions, applicable state and federal laws or posted classroom and district rules is subject to loss of privileges and any other district disciplinary options, including criminal prosecution.

• School and district administrators will make the determination as to what constitutes unacceptable use and their decision will be final.

The Athol-Royalston Regional School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Athol-Royalston Regional School District will not be responsible for any damages a user may suffer, including loss of data. The District will not be responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through this Internet connection.

All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to all users of the Internet. These provisions reflect an agreement of the parties and shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Massachusetts and the United States of America.

 

ATHOL-ROYALSTON REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

CONTRACT REGARDING THE USE OF THE INTERNET

I,____________________________________________________________________________,

Student, Please Print Your Name Here

agree to abide by all rules which are listed in the Athol­Royalston Regional School District Internet Policy.

 I realize that the primary purpose of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District’s Internet connection is educational.

I realize that the use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right . I accept that inappropriate behavior may lead to penalties including revoking of my account, disciplinary action, and/or legal action.

I agree not to participate in the transfer of inappropriate or illegal materials through the Athol-Royalston Regional School District’s Internet connection. I realize that in some cases, the transfer of such material may result in legal action against me.

I agree not to allow other individuals to use my account for Internet activities nor will I give anyone my password.

I release the Athol-Royalston Regional School District and all other organizations related to the Athol Royalston Regional School District’s Internet connection from any liability or damages that may result from the use of the Internet connection. In addition, I will accept full responsibility and liability for the results of my personal actions with regard to the use of the Internet. I release the school and related organizations from any liability relating to consequences resulting from my use of the Internet.

Student Signature:_____________________________________________________________________

Date:

THIS SECTION IS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PARENT/GUARDIAN IF THE

ABOVE-NAMED

STUDENT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Select only one option, print your name, and then sign below:

I,______________________ , the parent/guardian of the above-named student, hereby AGREE to accept all financial and legal liabilities which may result from my son/daughter’s use of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District’s Internet connection.

I,________________________ , the parent/guardian of the above-named student, DO NOT AGREE to accept all financial and legal liabilities which may result from my son/daughter’s use of the Athol Royalston Regional School District’s Internet connection, and thereby understand that my child WILL NOT BE PERMITTED to work on the school’s internet.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________________________________________________

Date:

After student and parent/guardian sign this contract, please return page 3 to the student’s teacher.

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