Brevard County (Florida)
Administrative Procedures
 

7540A - COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND NETWORKS

The Superintendent shall be responsible for the management of the District's technology system and for making the arrangements for any network which may be used to enhance the educational program and/or operations of the District.

S/He shall be responsible for implementing the procedures established for program development the selection of materials and equipment, and the District's purchasing procedures. In addition, the building principal or District Administrator shall make sure that the appropriate agreement Form 7540.04 F1 or Form 7540.03 F1 is complete for each staff member and student who will have access to District technology and any networks.

All tentative agreements with networks or technology agencies are to be submitted to the Superintendent for review and approval.

It is essential that staff members and students be provided the following information concerning the use of the Internet. This can be done through written procedures, professional development seminars, faculty and student meetings, and introductory remarks at the beginning of a course in which the Internet may be used.

 A.Use of the Internet is to be related to one or more courses of study and is not to be used by staff or students for discriminatory or unlawful purposes. Further, use of the Internet for recreational or personal purposes is allowed on a limited basis during lunch breaks with approval from supervision. All student use is to be supervised by a staff member or approved volunteer who has signed the Staff Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement Form 7540.04 F1.

 B.Because of the vast amount of information that can be retrieved from the worldwide network, teachers are responsible for training students to use proper research skills when retrieving information. It is inappropriate, costly, and a waste of valuable instructional time for staff and/or students to download large quantities of information that has not been checked ahead of time for accuracy, relevancy, and probable usage. It may be helpful, therefore, for teachers to conduct some controlled exercises with students on how to differentiate between web sites that are "attractive but superficial or irrelevant" from those that are attractive, substantive, and relevant.

 C.Staff members need to have back-up plans or contingency procedures in place for times when the Internet may not be accessible. Since the Internet is primarily a data-gathering mechanism, alternative sources for needed data should be available so that students can accomplish the purpose of the instruction within the established time period.

 D.Prior to disseminating information across the Internet about a student such as name, address, or other identifying data including pictures, signed parental permission forms must be on file.

 E.The Student and Staff Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement that students and staff members must sign prohibits the use of the Internet for unethical purposes or to obtain information that could be considered obscene, pornographic, or unsuitable for children. If a question of interpretation arises concerning the definition of these terms, the building principal or District administrator shall have the authority to determine whether the web site is appropriate. Prior to accessing or allowing access to information that the staff member is unsure about, s/he should consult with the building principal or District administrator.

 F.As students and/or staff memberís complete projects, which reflect unusual and creative applications of technology, the projects should be shared with the building principal or District administrator so that proper publicity can be created as appropriate to the project.

Revised 8/5/02
Revised 9/07