Knox Community School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

7540 - COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, NETWORKS, AND ELECTRONIC MAIL (E-MAIL)

The School Corporation is committed to the implementation of technology that:

 A.enhances the ability of teachers to meet the needs of students within the classroom;

 B.enhances the curriculum so that teachers are able to provide learning environments where students can become more successful at attaining and using information;

 C.activity involves students in learning process;

 D.provides opportunities for the staff to experiment, research, and develop new applications of technology.

Technology provided by the School Corporation includes:

 A.telephone service; both internal and external to the Corporation;

 B.video and television; distance education and public broadcast;

 C.data networking, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN);

 D.Internet; worldwide communications.

In the 21st Century, the use of technology is a given in accomplishing educational goals. As a result, students and staff are expected to use and abide by established technology rules and regulations. The School Corporation authorizes faculty, staff, and students to utilize the provided technology to further the educational goals of the Corporation within the limits as outlined in this document. An acceptable use agreement must be completed by each person requesting access to the school’s network and Internet gateway.

The purpose of School Corporation-provided Internet access policy and guidelines is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, student's use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the School Corporation. Access entails responsible behavior. Irresponsible behavior may cause the denial of access. Parents wishing to have their students exempt from the use of technology are asked to notify the school official in writing.

Users should not expect that files stored on school-based computers will always be private. Account usage will be monitored through a software/hardware monitoring system. Electronic messages and files stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers. Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting responsibly.

USE OF PERSONALLY OWNED TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THE SCHOOL CORPORATION

Staff members may not bring into the Corporation any technology that would directly connect to the existing school corporation's WAN, LAN or Internet network via cable or wireless connection unless approved by the Technology Director and Administration.

Hardware – The technology department will not assist in any way with the installation of personal hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, printers, USB drives, monitors and cameras. A hardware use request form must be approved by the Technology Director prior to bringing the hardware into the Corporation. Corporation computer hard drives are locked to changes. Normally during the school year the computers are unlocked at scheduled times so the users can make necessary changes. Hardware will only be allowed to be installed during this scheduled unlocked time. If the installation of personal equipment causes the existing computer or connected devices to malfunction in any way, the personal hardware will be removed from the existing computer and removed from the Corporation. The technology department does not guarantee that any existing data stored on the effected computer’s hard drive will be recoverable. The School Corporation is not responsible for any type of loss to personal hardware equipment.

No personal information regarding students may be installed on personal hardware and removed from the School Corporation. Privacy is not implied to any personal hardware used within the School Corporation.

INTERNET ACCESS PROHIBITIONS

Acceptable Use – The purpose of the School Corporation in offering the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to unique resources and opportunity for collaborative work. The use of the account must be in support of education and research consistent with the education objectives of the School Corporation. Use of other organization's network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Games and chain letters are additional examples of inappropriate use. Use of commercial activity is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

Under no circumstances may any student purchase any goods and/or services via the Internet. In any event, all purchases made via the Internet are the financial obligations of the individual who executed the transaction.

Student users may save information onto a personal disk or designated network folder. No student may download material on to the computer's hard drive.

Users may not transmit, access, nor distribute material that is obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit.

Student users may not download programs using the School Corporation Internet accounts. Only network administrators and teachers may download programs.

Users may not access files belonging to other students or school personnel. Users must not violate copyright laws or copy another person's work. Use of the Internet to copy another person's work without permission or attributing proper credit is plagiarism.

Users may not subscribe to list servers, news groups, or chat rooms unless that usage is part of a class goal and approved by the teacher of that specific course.

Privileges – The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. (Each student who receives an account will be part of a discussion with a School Corporation faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network.) The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrators may close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff of the School Corporation may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

Network Etiquette – The user is 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 be abusive in messages to others.

 B.Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

 C.Do not reveal one's personal address or phone numbers of students, school personnel, or colleagues.

 D.Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

 E.Do not use the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

 F.All communications and information accessible via the network should not be assumed to be private property.

Warranties - The School Corporation makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. It will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet, network, video, or phone is at one's own risk. The School Corporation specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If the user feels s/he can identify a security problem on the Internet, s/he must notify a system administrator or the Corporation Director of Technology, and never demonstrate the problem to other users. Individual's account or access code, is for personal use only and never to be shared with other users. Attempts by others to log on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any use identified as a security risk or having a history or problems with other computer video or phone systems may be denied access to Corporation equipment and services.

Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

Supervision – Students will not be allowed unsupervised access to the Internet while using school accounts. The classroom teacher or other professional school employee will supervise student use.

Parental Options

 A.Parents may request alternative activities be provided for their child not involving the use of the Internet if they so desire.

 B.Parents may request that their student's photo, name, or class assignments not be displayed on the school or class home pages.

 C.If a parent chooses to exercise either of the options above, the classroom teacher or school principal should be notified in writing by the parent or legal guardian at the beginning of the school year or as soon as the activity involving the internet is announced.

This agreement and all other Internet related policies and procedures are available for public inspection at the Corporation Office at #2 Redskin Trail, Knox, IN or at each school office.

Adopted 1/15/96
Revised 2/19/01
Revised 10/2/06
Revised 11/19/07
Revised 1/17/11