Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

7540A - STAFF AND STUDENT TRAINING REGARDING THE INTERNET

As set forth in Policy 7540.03 Student Technology Acceptable Use and Safety and Policy 7540.04 Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety, the District will provide students and staff members with the training required by Federal and State law.

In addition, staff members and/or students shall be provided the following information/training concerning the use of the Internet:

 

A.

Use of the Internet is to be related to one (1) or more courses of study and is not to be used by staff or students for discriminatory or unlawful purposes. All student use is to be supervised by a staff member or approved volunteer who has signed the Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement Form 7540.04 F1.

 
 

B.

Because of the vast amount of information that can be retrieved from the Internet, 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 websites 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 class period.

 

D.

The Student and Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety Agreements, Form 7540.03 F1 and Form 7540.04 F1, prohibit the use of the Internet for illegal, unethical, or harassing 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 Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether the website is appropriate or the use is permissible. Prior to accessing or allowing access to information that the staff member is unsure about, s/he should consult with the Principal.

 
 

E.

As students and/or staff members complete projects that reflect unusual and creative applications of technology, the projects should be shared with the Principal so that proper publicity can be created as appropriate to the project. It is essential that the Student and Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety Agreements, Form 7540.03 F1 and Form 7540.04 F1, address the issue of the proprietary rights related to the design and development of web pages, sites, services or apps hosted on Board-owned or District-affiliated servers that are created during work time as part of an employee's job responsibilities (staff) or as a class assignment (students).

This information can be provided through written guidelines, professional development seminars, faculty and student meetings, and introductory remarks at the beginning of a course.

Approved 1/16/17

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