John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

7540.02 - WEB CONTENT, APPS AND SERVICES

Creating Web Pages, Sites, Apps and Services

The School Board authorizes staff members and students to create web content, apps and web services (see Bylaw 0100 - Definitions) that will be hosted by the School Corporation on its servers or Corporation-affiliated servers and published on the Internet.

The web content, apps and web services must comply with State and Federal law, e.g., copyright laws, Childrenís Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Childrenís Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and reflect the professional image/brand of the Corporation, its employees, and students. Web content, apps and web services must be consistent with the Corporation's Mission Statement and staff-created web content, apps and web services are subject to prior review and approval of the Superintendent before being published on the Internet and/or utilized with students.

Student-created web content, apps and web services are subject to Policy 5722 - School-Sponsored Student Publications and Productions.

The creation of web content, apps and web services by students must be done under the supervision of a professional staff member.

The Superintendent shall have final editorial authority over all content placed on the Corporation's servers or Corporation-affiliated servers and displayed on the Corporation's website(s), apps and/or web services. The Superintendent has the right to remove pages or links from any web page, as well as require that an app or web service created by a Corporation staff member be removed from the Corporation's servers or Corporation-affiliated servers, based upon his/her determination that content is inappropriate or is not accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The purpose of web content, apps and web services hosted by the Corporation on its servers or Corporation-affiliated servers is to educate, inform, and communicate. The following criteria should be used to guide the development of such web content, apps and web services:

 A.Educate
  Content provided in the website should be suitable for and usable by students and teachers to support the curriculum and Corporation Objectives as listed in the Corporationís Strategic Plan.

 B.Inform
  Content may inform the community about the school, teachers, students, or departments, including information about curriculum, events, class projects, student activities, and departmental policies.

 C.Communicate
   Content may communicate information about the plans, policies and operations of the Corporation to members of the public and other persons who may be affected by Corporation matters.

The information contained on the website(s) should reflect and support the Corporationís Mission Statement, Educational Philosophy, and the Academic Improvement Process.

When the content includes a photograph or information relating to a student, including Corporation-issued email accounts, the Corporation will abide by the provisions of Policy 8330 - Student Records.

All links included on the Corporationís website(s), web content, apps and web services also must meet the above criteria and comply with State and Federal law (e.g. copyright laws, CIPA, Section 504, ADA, and COPPA). Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the Corporation from linking the Corporation's website(s) to 1) recognized news/media outlets, e.g., local newspapers' websites, local television stationsí websites, or 2) to websites, web content, apps, and/or web services that are developed and hosted by outside commercial vendors pursuant to a contract with the Board. The Board recognizes that such third party websites may contain age-appropriate advertisements that are consistent with the requirements of Policy 9700.01, AG 9700B, and State and Federal law.

Under no circumstances are Corporation-created web content, apps or web services to be used for commercial purposes advertising, political lobbying, or to provide financial gains for any employee or student. As part of this prohibition, web content, apps and web services contained on the Corporationís website shall not: 1) include statements or other items that support or oppose a candidate for public office, the investigation, prosecution or recall of a public official, or the passage of a tax levy or bond issue; 2) include a link to a website of another organization if the other website includes such a message; or 3) communicate information that supports or opposes any labor organization or any action by, on behalf of, or against any labor organization.

Staff members are prohibited from requiring students to go to the staff member's personal web pages/sites (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest) to check grades, obtain class assignments and/or class-related materials, or to turn in assignments.

Unless the web content, app, or web service contains student personally identifiable information, Corporation websites, web content, apps and web services that are created by students and/or staff members that are posted on the Internet should not be password protected or otherwise contain restricted access features, whereby only employees, student(s), or other limited groups of people can access the site. Community members, parents, employees, staff, students, and other website users generally will be given full access to the Corporationís website(s), web content, apps and web services.

Web content, apps and web services should reflect an understanding that both internal and external audiences will be viewing the information.

School websites must be located on Corporation affiliated servers.

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines defining the rules and standards applicable to the use of the Corporationís website and the creation of web content, apps and web services by staff and students.

The Corporation retains all proprietary rights related to the design of web content, apps and web services that are hosted on Corporation-owned or Corporation-affiliated servers, absent written agreement to the contrary.

Students who want their class work or information regarding their athletic endeavors, if applicable, to be displayed on the Corporationís website, web content, apps and web services must have written parent permission and expressly license display and any related photographs without cost to the Corporation.

Prior written parental permission is necessary for a student to be identified by name on the Corporation's website, web content, apps and web services.

Instructional Use of Apps and Web Services

The Board authorizes the use of apps and/or web services to supplement and enhance learning opportunities for students either in the classroom or for extended learning outside the classroom.

A teacher who elects to supplement and enhance student learning through the use of web services and/or apps is responsible for verifying/certifying to the Technology Director that the app or web service has a FERPA-compliant privacy policy, and it complies with all requirements of COPPA and CIPA.

The Board further requires the use of a Corporation-issued e-mail address in the login process.

P.L. 106-554, Childrenís Internet Protection Act
15 U.S.C. 6501 et seq., Childrenís Online Privacy Protection Act
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134
47 U.S.C. 254, Communications Act of 1934, as amended
34 C.F.R. Part 99, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
47 C.F.R. 54.520, Childrenís Internet Protection Act

Adopted 1/19/00
Revised 11/6/01
Revised 1/6/15
Revised 2/21/17

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