USE OF COMPUTERIZED RESOURCES & INTERNET ALL USERS (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)

Adoption Date: 8/22/2017
3000 - Community Relations

PUBLIC ORDER ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
3415 USE OF COMPUTERIZED RESOURCES & INTERNET ALL USERS (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)

The Board of Education encourages staff and students to use the Internet to pursue intellectual activities, seek resources, access libraries, and engage in learning activities and the use of computers and computer-related technology in District classrooms to optimize teaching and student learning.

Use of District Computers and Information Resources: The District's computer system (hereafter ''DCS'') provides access to various computerized resources through the DCS which includes software, hardware, computer networks, wireless networks/access, electronic communication systems, that might include access to electronic mail, cloud storage, on-line services, and the Internet. Users also might have independent access to the DCS from their home or other remote locations, and/or from their personal devices. All use of the DCS including independent use off school premises and use on personal devices, shall be subject to this policy regarding their acceptable use; unauthorized access or use by any party is prohibited. School computers and related peripherals shall be used for authorized purposes.

Use of Personal technology:

Use of personal technology in school facilities and/or to access the DCS is permitted consistent with limitations and conditions set forth below and in the Regulations. The District reserves the right to restrict use of District-owned technologies and personal technology on school property or at school-sponsored events, at the discretion of the administration.

The use of personal technology is absolutely prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms, Health Offices and any other areas where a person would reasonably expect some degree of privacy from the recording of audio and/or images of his/her person

The District shall not be liable for the loss, damage, misuse, or theft of any personal technology brought to School. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, and/or confiscate personal technology when administration has reasonable suspicion to believe that a violation of school policy or criminal law has occurred.

Internet Safety & Content Filtering: In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (Public Law 106-554) and Regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Board has adopted the use of technology protection measures (i.e., filtering or blocking of access to certain material on the Internet) on all District computers with Internet access by both adults and minors.

A. Filtering. Filtering software is used to block access to:

1. Visual depictions that are (a) obscene, (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors; and

2. Internet sites which, in the Board's determination, contain material which is ''inappropriate for minors.''

However, the Superintendent or his/her designee may disable the software to enable adult access to blocked sites for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

No filtering technology can guarantee that staff and students will be prevented from accessing all inappropriate content or locations. Proper safety procedures, as deemed appropriate by the applicable administrator or program supervisor, will be provided to comply with the CIPA. However, students might have the ability to access such content or material from their home, other locations off school premises and/or with a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events. The District is not responsible for inappropriate content or material accessed via a student's own personal technology or electronic device or via an unfiltered Internet connection received through a student's own personal technology or electronic device.

[The terms ''obscene'', ''child pornography'', ''harmful to minors'', and ''matter inappropriate for minors'', used throughout the policy, are defined in the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (Public Law 106-554). The determination of what is "inappropriate" for minors shall be determined by the District and/or designated school official(s). It is acknowledged that the determination of such "inappropriate" material may vary depending upon the circumstances of the situation and the age of the students involved in online research.]

B. Unauthorized Disclosure and Dissemination of Personal Identification Information of Minors: Personally identifiable information concerning minors may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet (e.g., on the District's web page or otherwise) without the permission of a parent or guardian or pursuant to the District's Directory Information Policy. If a student is 18 or over, the permission may be obtained from the student himself/herself. In using the DCS and Internet, minors are prohibited from (without proper authorization) disclosing personal information such as home addresses, telephone numbers, their real last names or any other information which might allow someone they are communicating with online to locate them. Minors are prohibited from arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone he/she ''meets'' on the computer network or Internet without permission of his/her parent or guardian.

C. Monitoring of students: The monitoring of online activities and access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web may include, but shall not be limited to, the following as guidelines:

1. Those responsible for supervising minors while using District computers are also be responsible for monitoring their online activities by circulating throughout the area where the computers are located and directly observing the nature of those activities when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of direct electronic communications.

2. Monitoring of logs of access to keep track of the web sites visited by students as a measure to restrict access to materials harmful to minors.

D. Instruction on Internet Social Interactions and Cyber-bullying: Under the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, students are educated on appropriate interactions with other individuals on social networking Web sites and in chat rooms, as well as cyberbullying awareness and response. Ethics and responsibility are instructional components of the Honeoye Falls-Lima K through 12 Computers & Educational Technology Standards.

School Board Property, Confidentiality, Privacy Rights & Monitoring of District Internet, Electronic Mail and Computer Users

The District provides access to the Internet for authorized instructional and school administrative purposes. The Internet and other networks are public places. Personal privacy in the use of the District's Internet facilities and connections will not be guaranteed by the District.

All District equipment and systems, data, files and software and equipment configurations stored on district equipment and back-up copies, and data files and electronic storage areas including in cloud storage, shall remain District property, subject to District control and inspection. Users should NOT expect that their use of and/or information stored on the DCS will be private.

The District reserves the right without prior notice to monitor all traffic on the network and review all files stored on or transmitted through its computer systems. Messages sent over District's internal electronic mail systems are not subject to the privacy provisions of the Electronic and Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (which prohibits wiretapping), and therefore may be read by District management and system administrators. To implement its policy and regulations, the District may:

  • Examine all personal electronic files stored on the District's or BOCES equipment.
  • Limit usage of facilities and connections to assigned times and/or locations.
  • Require users to sign a log or to execute log-in procedures to create a record of their usage.
  • Use software or other electronic means to monitor individual usage.

The Superintendent and IT coordinator are authorized to:

  • modify, change, and add to the authorized DCS; and
  • set by regulation requirements for the use of DCS and its security, including regulating password use and timely security updates

Violations of this Policy: It is a violation of this policy to:

1. Use the school's DCS or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access;

2. Damage, disable or otherwise interfere with the operation of computers, computer systems, software or related equipment through physical action or by electronic means;

3. Violate state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or any other applicable law or municipal ordinance.; and/or

4. Use the DCS or Internet access to access or process pornographic material, inappropriate websites or files, illegal software, or files dangerous to the integrity of the computer network or any attached device to develop programs or computer viruses or other means that harass other users, infiltrate a computer or computer system, or damage the computer system or settings is prohibited.

All users who log on to the DCS and/or Internet are responsible for all activities while using it. All users are expected to use the Internet only for purposes consistent with our approved curriculum. All school computers are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner.

This policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of technology or the DCS; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all appropriate usage. An Acceptable Use Regulation further defines authorized access and use as well as proscribed behavior. The District's Code of Conduct applies to Internet and school network activities and the Superintendent has established acceptable use regulations governing the use and security of the DCS and the District's computer network. Failure to comply with District policy, Code of Conduct, and/or regulations for use of the DCS and access to the internet and computerized information may result in disciplinary action as well as suspension and/or revocation of computer access privileges. Legal action may be initiated against a student who willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys property of the District.

Policy References:
Policy #6470 Staff Use Of Computerized Information Resources

Policy $6480 Social Media

Policy Cross References:
» 3415R - ACCEPTABLE USE REGULATIONS (ALL USERS)

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Leahy, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, at: Email - David.Leahy@hflcsd.org, Telephone - (585) 624-7181, Address - 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Inquiries concerning the application of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).

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