Mukwonago Area School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

7540 - ACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND THE NETWORK

Purpose

The School Board provides access to electronic information resources and an electronic communication System as a means to enhance teaching and learning, increase communication, and enhance productivity. For the purpose of this policy, the District refers to "User" as any student, faculty, administrator, staff, community member, or any person who accesses District electronic resources. Electronic resources may include but are not limited to hardware, software, and systems integrated into District-owned LAN/WAN/WLAN networks (hereafter referred to as the "System"). Examples of such resources may include but are not limited to email, Internet, Intranet, voicemail, security/surveillance systems, and any other hardware or software owned by the District.

Access is also provided to assist in the sharing of information with the local community including parents, social service agencies, government agencies, and businesses. The use of the Districtís System should be for educational purposes consistent with the educational objectives of the District.

Responsible Use

Each User is responsible for his/her use of technology while using District or personal technology resources on school property, in school vehicles, and at school-sponsored events, as well as using the Districtís technology resources via remote access. Each User must act in a manner consistent with school, District, and any federal, state, and/or local legal guidelines.

The use of any technology resource is considered an extension of the classroom. Therefore, compliance with all District policies, guidelines, rules, and acceptable standards of behavior are necessary and required. Any behavior considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate while using technology.

Responsible Use Guidelines for All Users

The following actions are prohibited (users may not):

 A.use, access, store or transmit inappropriate content. (Examples of inappropriate content include offensive, profane, abusive, harassing, sexually explicit, threatening, or obscene language or visual depictions, as well as pornography and child pornography.)

 B.use an account other than the Userís own, or misrepresent oneís identity.

 C.access, change, destroy, or share any computer files that do not belong to the User.

 D.access or distribute materials that are inconsistent with the schoolís code of conduct or the Districtís educational goals, or show others how to do the same.

 E.reveal personal data of any person (e.g. PIN, social security number, credit card number, passwords, personal addresses or telephone numbers).

 F.use the System for commercial use or personal gain.

 G.use the System for political advocacy.

 H.create and/or willfully distribute a computer virus over the network.

 I.use the System to illegally access, transfer, or install software or other copyrighted material, otherwise known as pirating.

 J.use the network in manner that disrupts the use of the network by other Users.

 K.cause damage to technology equipment or assist others in doing the same.

 L.bypass or compromise security measures in place on the network, including the use of proxy sites.

 M.install or download any program on District-owned equipment, except with the express approval of the District I.T. Department.

 N.decrypt, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any District technology System, software, or communication, or attempt to do so.

Privileges

Use of the Districtís Systems is a privilege and not a right. By accessing the System, users are required to adhere to District policies and rules, local, state and federal laws and regulations. Violations may result in the loss of privileges, other disciplinary action, restitution, and/or criminal prosecution. The District will fully cooperate with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through District Systems.

Privacy

Technological systems transmit voice and data communications over a complex network. The privacy and security of such voice and data transmissions cannot be guaranteed. By accessing the District System, you acknowledge that the System is not inherently secure, and you understand that communications can be intercepted by equipment and software designed for that purpose. The District is not liable to you or any other party for any lack of privacy you experience while using the System.

Users should have no expectation of privacy when using the District electronic information resources and electronic communication System. The District reserves the right to log, review, audit, intercept, access, and disclose all communications created, saved, received, or sent over the System.

Users must recognize that electronic files and communications may be subject to state open records requirements, and they must take appropriate action to maintain such records in compliance with state law.

Security

It is the policy and intention of the District to: 1) prevent access to or transmission of inappropriate content by its computers and over its network through electronic mail or other forms of communication; 2) promote the safety and security of minors using the Districtís computers, email, and other forms of communications; 3) prevent unauthorized access (e.g. hacking) and other unlawful activities; 4) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personally identifiable information; and 5) comply with the Childrenís Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and all other applicable laws.

As a result of such measures, Usersí access to District Systems may be automatically limited or revoked.

Internet Safety

To the extent possible, the District shall use commercially reasonable technology protection measures that allow it to meet the requirements of CIPA, which includes a content filter to protect against access to:

 A.Material that is, by definition, obscene (section 1460 of title 18, U. S. Code)

 B.Child pornography (section 2256 of title 18, U.S. Code)

 C.Material that is harmful to minors (further defined in CIPA)

No technology measure can block 100% of inappropriate content, so the District emphasizes the importance of responsible use, including staff and parental monitoring of the use of technology. To that end, the District will continue to employ an internet curriculum to instruct students how to navigate the internet safely and appropriately.

Use of Online Educational Tools

Certain online educational services (e.g. Moodle, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, wikis) that emphasize online educational collaboration and sharing are permitted only in controlled, staff supervised settings and for valid school-related purposes. All other uses are prohibited.

Cyber-Bullying, Harassment, and Defamation

Users will not post information online that would endanger the health, safety, or emotional well-being of other individuals. Users will abide by restrictions against inappropriate language and posting obscene, lewd, vulgar, rude, threatening, disrespectful, or defamatory content.

Users will not engage in or in any manner partake in or be party to cyber-bullying, harassment, or defamation. This includes teasing, intimidation, sending/posting inappropriate, hurtful, or false email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures, images, or video. Use of District Systems for such acts will result in disciplinary action, loss of privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.

In situations in which Users have engaged in cyber-bullying, harassment, or defamation outside of the school environment using non-District resources, disciplinary action shall be taken based upon whether the conduct is determined to be substantially disruptive of the education process.

Use of Student Likenesses, Student Work, Student Voice on Websites

Student Likeness: A studentís likeness (photograph or video image) may be posted on a teacher, school, or District website for educational purposes unless a parent/guardian denies permission to do so through the opt-out procedure listed in this policy.

Grades Pre K Ė Grade 8

A studentís first name and first initial only of his or her last name may be associated with his or her likeness on any non-password protected District, school, or teacher website unless a parent denies permission to do so through the opt-out procedure listed in this policy.

In certain circumstances, the District, school, or teacher may wish to post a grade Pre-K Ė Grade 8 studentís first and last name on a non-password protected website. In each and every instance, the District, school, or teacher must obtain written permission to do so from the studentís parent prior to posting the studentís likeness associated with his/her first and last name.

Grades 9 Ė 12

A studentís first and last name may be associated with his or her likeness on a non- password protected District, school, or teacher website unless a parent denies permission to do so through the opt-out procedure listed in this policy.

Student Work and Student Voice: Student work and voice may be published for educational purposes on non-password protected District websites (District website, school websites, teacher websites). In grades K-8 studentsí first names and first initial of their last names may be associated with these works and at grades 9-12 a studentís first and last name may be associated with these works unless a parent denies permission to do so through the opt-out procedure listed in this policy.

Opt Out: Parents who deny permission for their childís work, voice, likeness, or name posted on a website may opt their child out in accordance with Policy 8330. Individual teachers, administrators, and webmasters are responsible for checking "orange folders" prior to posting studentsí work, voice, likeness, or name to ensure that all postings are done in accordance with Policy 8330.

Use of Personal Electronic Devices and BYOD Wireless

The District provides filtered public Internet access as a convenience to its Users via an unencrypted wireless service.

The District permits use of personal electronic devices (hereafter referred to as Personal Devices) by Users in support of teaching and learning in order to further the educational aims of the District, increase accessibility to technology-related curricula, and personalize learning.

Personal Devices may include portable computing devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets, computers, iPods/iPads/MP3 players, wireless devices, phones, digital cameras, e-readers, USB storage devices, and any other new electronic devices as they become available.

Disabling, bypassing or attempting to bypass this network through proxies, tethering, or other means is not allowed. Access to District resources may require authentication. Personal Devices may not be connected to a District-owned piece of equipment (i.e. projector or interactive whiteboard) except for instructional purposes and only under the direction of an IT Department staff member.

Users connecting to District Systems, even those with a Personal Device, should have no expectation of privacy. The District may review and monitor accounts, without notice, to ensure responsible technology use and maintain System integrity.

The District reserves the right to confiscate and search Personal Devices if reasonable suspicion exists that District policies have been violated. The Personal Device may be turned over to law enforcement if the Personal Device has been used for or is suspected of being used for an illegal purpose. Upon request, Users must surrender the Personal Device in its entirety. Devices may then be held by school administration for short periods of time (five days or less) consistent with school procedures.

In accordance with state law (ß175.22, ß942.08, ß942.09), under no circumstances shall any Personal Device with photographic capabilities be used in locker rooms, bathrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected. Personal Devices shall not be used to photograph students or others without their permission and shall not be used to photograph any items that are confidential (e.g. testing materials). A student or staff member who violates this section of the policy shall be subject to discipline, which may include consequences up to and including expulsion for students and discharge for employees.

Responsibility for the care of Personal Devices and behavior while using the device belongs solely to the owner. The District is not liable for loss, damage, or misuse of any personal device while on District property, connected to District Systems, or while attending school-sponsored activities. Technical support for Personal Devices may not be available. Any support provided by the District shall be done in good faith and does not render the District liable for the function of any Personal Device.

Limitation of Liability

The District is not liable for any damage suffered by a User of the System, including but not limited to loss of data stored on or transmitted by technology resources or interruptions of service. The District is not responsible for any mistakes or negligence, liability, copyright infringement, or other financial obligations incurred by a person using District resources. The District will make every attempt to ensure the integrity of the network, but it does not assume responsibility for technical deficiencies that cause harm to the network Systems or devices. The District does not guarantee the accuracy or quality of information received over web resources. Copyright infringement, which may include the duplication of software or other works, is a violation of the law and Policy 2531.

Users agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the District, the employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, vendors, and contractors thereof, and their respective officers, directors, stockholders, employees, contractors, agents, successors and assigns, from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any claim, liability, loss, damage, settlement, cost, or expense (including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of, or in any way connected with, your use of the System, any materials downloaded or uploaded through the System, any actions taken by you in connection with your use of the System, any violation of any third party's rights, or any violation of law or regulation, or any breach of this Agreement.

Under no circumstances shall the District, nor the employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, vendors or contractors thereof, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, exemplary, multiple, special, punitive or consequential damages that result in any way from user's use of or inability to use the System or to access the Internet or any part thereof, or user's reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the System, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance.

Disclaimer of Warranties

The System is provided on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis, without warranties of any kind. The District does not warrant that the services will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. The District makes no express warranties and user waives all implied warranties including, but not limited to, warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose regarding any merchandise, information or service provided through the District or the Internet generally. User expressly acknowledges that there are, and assumes all responsibility related to, the security, privacy and confidentiality risks inherent in wired and wireless communications and technology. The District does not make any assurances or warranties relating to such risks. No advice or information given by the District or its representatives shall create a warranty. You assume all responsibility and risk associated with your use of the System.

Modification

The District may, at its sole discretion, modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time. Such modifications shall be binding and effective upon posting on the District policies page. You agree to periodically review the District policies page to maintain awareness of any modifications. By continuing to use the System after such postings, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications.

Notification to Users

Reference to the Districtís acceptable use policy and rules shall be included in every student and staff handbook.

Any other Users implicitly agree to all provisions of this AUP by accessing any District System. This AUP will be available for review when Users access the internet.

Inappropriate Use

Users are expected to report inappropriate use by other Users. Reports should be made to a member of the administration.

Users found to be in violation of District policies using a District-owned device or Personal Device while using the System will be subject to consequences, including but not limited to disciplinary action, termination, exclusion of the device from the District, or criminal prosecution.

Revised 9/20/16