USD #247 Acceptable Use Policy
Computers, Networks, & Internet
USD #247 Acceptable Use Policy
(Computers, Networks, & Internet)
The Internet is a tool for life-long learning. It is a necessary tool for USD #247 School District to develop students ready to live and work in the 21st Century.
With the privilege of Internet access comes responsibility and accountability. USD #247 School District expects that all students using the District network and the Internet services it provides will:
- Have the permission of their parent or guardian.
- Agree to abide by the policies and responsible use set forth in the USD #247 School District Acceptable Use Policy.
- Understand the use of the District network and Internet services is a privilege which may be terminated by the school or district for failing to abide by the policies described in the Acceptable Use Policy.
As the parent or guardian of a USD #247 School District student we are asking that you review the policy and guidelines set in this Acceptable Use Policy and that you go over the Acceptable Use Policy with your child so that everyone understands and is in agreement.
Privacy is not guaranteed
The Superintendent, principals, and other administrators may review files and monitor all student computer and Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting responsibly. Teachers and administrators may monitor ongoing student Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure that student users are abiding by this policy and are acting responsibly. Privacy is not guaranteed. Electronic messages and files stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers.
Use is a Privilege
Use of the network and the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Students violating policies pertaining to standards of conduct or network/Internet use shall be subject to revocation of privileges and potential disciplinary and/or appropriate legal action.
USD #247 School District makes no assurances of any kind, whether expressed or implied, regarding any Internet services provided. The school district will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. The school district will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including -- but not limited to -- loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. The school district will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on school district diskettes, hard drives, or servers; nor for the accuracy, nature or quality of information gathered through school district provided Internet access. The school district will not be responsible for personal property used to access school district computers or network for school district-provided Internet access. The school district will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from school district-provided access to the Internet.
Access to inappropriate and\or unwanted Internet content through the districts’ network is restricted through the use of “filtering” solutions which are updated regularly, however, the global and changing nature of the World Wide Web contents make it extremely difficult for the school district to completely regulate and monitor the information received or sent by students. As such, the school district cannot assure parents that students will be denied access to undesirable materials or sending or receiving objectionable communications. Parents and guardians of students should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet, which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student's parent or guardian would be liable. While the school district's intent is to make Internet access available in order to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well.
The educational value of student Internet access is the joint responsibility of students, teachers, parents and employees of USD #247 School District. Since access to the Internet is a valuable and limited resource, students are expected to place a premium on the quality of use. Taking up valuable network resources to pursue frivolous ends, not consistent with the mission of USD #247 School District is prohibited. All use must be consistent with the educational mission and goals of the school district.
Unacceptable Use for Student Users
Users shall not use school district computers or networks for purposes of personal profit, any non-instructional, or non- administrative purpose (e.g., activities for personal profit).
Users shall not use a computer for unlawful purposes, such as the illegal copying or installation of software, or violation of copyright laws.
Users shall not erase, rename, or make unusable anyone else's computer files, programs or disks.
Accessing another person's materials, information, or files without the implied or direct permission of that person is prohibited.
Users shall not use or try to discover another user's password.
Users shall not copy, change or transfer any software or documentation provided by the school district, teachers, or another student without permission from the superintendent or his designee.
Users shall not write, produce, generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer's memory, file system, or software. Such software is often called a bug, virus, worm, Trojan Horse, or similar name.
Users shall not deliberately use the computer to annoy or harass others with language, images, or threats.
Users shall not deliberately access or create any obscene or objectionable information, language or images.
Users shall not intentionally damage the system, damage information belonging to others, misuse system resources, or allow others to misuse system resources.
Users shall not tamper with computers, networks, printers or other associated equipment except as directed by the teacher or the superintendent or his designee.
Users shall not take home technology equipment (hardware or software) without permission of the supervisor.
Users shall not gain unauthorized access to resources or entities.
Users shall not invade the privacy of individuals.
Users shall not post anonymous messages.
Users shall not use the network for commercial or private advertising. The Internet, web pages, and other technology shall not be used for private or commercial offerings of products or services for sale, or to solicit products or services or to raise funds for non-district related activities or organizations.
Users shall not use the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
Users shall report illegal or unauthorized use of the network to the supervising teacher or the authorized technical and information services administrator.
General Use and Care of the Computer
- Students are expected to treat their laptop with care and respect. The computer and case are the property of the USD #247 School District, and should be kept clean and free of marks at all times. Placing stickers, writing or drawing on, engraving or otherwise defacing the laptop or carrying case are not allowed and will result in loss of privileges.
- Laptops can be fragile, and if they are dropped they may break. Students are advised to only use their laptop when they are on a flat, stable surface, such as a table.
- Students should protect their laptop from extreme heat or cold. Laptops should never be left in a car, even if the car is locked.
- Computers should be protected from the weather, water or other liquid, food, and pets. Students should never eat or drink while using their laptop, or use their laptop near others who are eating and drinking.
- Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of your laptop. This includes books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.
- Any inappropriate or careless use of a computer should be reported to a teacher or other staff member immediately.
Student Internet Access Return Form
Fill out the statement below and return it to your child's school if you wish to allow your child access to the Internet at school. If you do not return this form, the school will assume that you do not give your permission for Internet access to your student.
I request that my child be allowed to have Internet access at school. I have read and understand the USD #247 School District Acceptable Use Policy.
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Student Name (Print) Parent Name (Print)
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Student Signature Parent Signature
(Authorized faculty designee will retain this form on file for the duration of applicable computer/network/Internet use.)