LCSD Acceptable Use Policy


Internet Use Procedure

The following items are to help establish reasonable precautions for Internet use.

1. Each student or staff member who is granted access privileges will participate in an Internet orientation, provided by the Le Roy Central School District, pertaining to the acceptable use of the network as stated in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

2. Every parent and student will receive a copy of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement.

3. All parties using the Internet with school district equipment must sign the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.

4. Students who have not completed the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement will not be allowed to use computers for Internet use.

5. Attempts to login to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges and/or appropriate legal action.

6. Staff development opportunities will be provided so that district personnel are proficient in using the Internet for instructional purposes and are aware of issues related to child safety.

7. Adequate supervision will be provided to students in the school setting to prevent unauthorized access to the Internet.

8. Annual notice to parents of the potential concern about access on the Internet to inappropriate materials and issues of child safety will be included in the August "School Notes" column.

9. Parents will be given the opportunity to request that their child not be allowed access to the Internet.

10. Parents or guardians have sole responsibility for supervising access to the Internet from the home.


Le Roy Central School District

Board of Education Policy

Internet Acceptable Use


Introduction

The Board of Education recognizes that Internet access offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and staff. The District is pleased to provide this service to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

Internet Use

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers and millions of individual subscribers all over the world. Students and staff have access to:

1. Information and news from educational, governmental and commercial resources around the world;

2. The Library of Congress Catalog, other library catalogs, and ERIC (a large collection of relevant information to educators and students);

3. Newsgroups on a variety of educationally related topics;

4. Electronic mail communication with people throughout the global community; and

5. Graphics and other multimedia resources for reports and projects.

With Internet access to computers and people all over the world comes the availability also of materials that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. The Le Roy Central School District has taken reasonable precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. Our network utilizes a system designed to filter out Internet-based information that would be considered inappropriate for students. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. The Le Roy Central School District firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may access material which is not consistent with the educational goals of the District.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines emphasize responsibility of students and staff to utilize the network in an efficient, ethical and legal manner. If a Le Roy Central School District user violates any of the provisions of this document, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken and access privileges will be terminated at the discretion of the appropriate building principal.

Terms and Conditions of Use

All parties using the Internet with school district must sign an agreement for acceptable use of the Internet.

1. Acceptable Use. District Internet use must be in support of education and research, and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Le Roy Central School District. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for those networks. The following acts are prohibited when using LeRoy Central School District’s Internet access:

a. Transmission of material in violation of any federal or state regulation.

b. Criminal speech or activity, such as, threats to the President, instructions on breaking into computer systems, child pornography, drug dealing, purchase of alcohol and gang activities.

c. Speech and actions that are inappropriate in an educational setting or violate district policy, such as:

1) Inappropriate language – obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, disrespectful, threatening, or inflammatory language; harassment; personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attack; or false or defamatory material about a person or organization.

2) Dangerous information – information, which if acted upon, could cause damage and present a danger of disruption.

3) Violations of privacy and personal safety – revealing personal information about one’s self or others, agreeing to meet with someone from an on-line contact, and failing to disclose to the appropriate staff member any message received that is inappropriate or makes one feel uncomfortable.

4) Copyright infringement or plagiarism.

5) Use of or allowing to use another person’s account.

d. Offering or providing products or services through District Internet access, as well as purchasing products or services except when authorized. The District is not responsible for financial obligations arising from the unauthorized use of the system.

e. Engaging in fund-raising, partisan politics and religious activities.

2. Privileges. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use may result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student or staff member who is granted access privileges will participate in an Internet orientation, provided by the Le Roy Central School District, pertaining to the acceptable use of the network as stated in this document. Building administrators will deem what is inappropriate use. The administration, faculty, and staff of the Le Roy Central School District may request the Superintendent or his/her designee to deny, revoke, or suspend specific access privileges.

3. Network Etiquette. Le Roy Central students and staff are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a. Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

b. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

c. Protect you privacy. Do not reveal your own personal addresses, phone numbers or password or those of students or colleagues.

d. Use the network in such a way that your use would not disrupt the operation of the network for others. This includes, but is not limited to the downloading of games, executable files, and/or any Internet site or portion of a site deemed inappropriate by the supervising teacher for the class level, class period, or time of general unstructured lab use.

e. Observe copyright laws. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be the property of the creator.

4. Disclaimer of Loss. The Le Roy Central School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Le Roy Central School District will not be responsible for any damages the user may suffer. These include, but are not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence or the user’s errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. The Le Roy Central School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its Internet services.

5. Security. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If the user feels a security problem can be identified, the user must notify the appropriate administrator. The user should not demonstrate the problem to other users. Attempts to login to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.

6. Privacy. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system may have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities. E-mail accounts are only available to employees of the LCSD.

7. Vandalism. Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges or other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet or any agencies or other networks that are connected to any of the Internet backbones. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or the physical damage of computing and networking equipment.

8. Responsibility. If the user discovers an inappropriate Internet site, he or she must report it immediately to the adult individual in charge and not reveal it to any other user.

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Please detach and return to the office:

PARENT OR GUARDIAN

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read this Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.  I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes.  The Le Roy Central School District has taken reasonable precautions to limit access to controversial material.  However, I also recognize it is impossible for the Le Roy Central School District to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold the district responsible for materials acquired on the network.   Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child's use of the district's Internet access is not in a school setting.  I hereby give permission for my child to have Internet Access and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Parent or Guardian’s Name (please print): __________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian's Signature:   __________________________________________________

Student Name: ______________________________________

Date:   ___________________________


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