South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies


The South-Western City School District ("District") recognizes that new technologies, such as use of computers, electronic mail ("e-mail") and the Internet, open opportunities to new information and modes of communication. The use of e-mail and the Internet is a privilege. These technologies also alter instruction and student learning. The District supports access to appropriate resources by staff, volunteers and students ("users") for educational purposes and other legitimate District business based upon the userís legitimate needs. Due to the rapid change in technology, a userís access and/or this policy are subject to change at any time.

In exchange for the use of the Network resources, either on-site or by remote access, the user understands and agrees to the following:





Access to the Network (i.e., e-mail and the Internet) is a privilege, not a right. Accordingly, access requires responsible and lawful use. The use of the Network is a privilege which may be revoked by District at any time and for any reason. The District administrators and/or Network managers may perform the following actions for any legitimate reasons, including but not limited to for the purposes of maintaining system integrity and insuring that users are using the Network consistent with this policy and with the Children's Internet Protection Act: monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the Network and any and all materials, files, information, software, communications, and other content transmitted, received or stored in connection with this usage. The Network and all information, content, and files are the property of the District, and users should not have any expectation of privacy regarding those materials.



Acceptable Use:


The Network shall be used primarily for educational and legitimate District business purposes. The Districtís goal in so providing this technology to users is to promote efficiency and excellence in the workplace and education, assist in the collaboration and exchange of information, facilitate personal growth in the use of technology and enhance information gathering and communications skills. The District may monitor the Network and userís online activities. The District also shall employ filtering programs designed to limit a userís access to inappropriate materials, such as visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors. As it is impossible to limit access to all materials that may be considered to be inappropriate, users are responsible for their use of the Network and are required to avoid uses of the Network that are inappropriate for the educational setting.


Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Internet. Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education concerning appropriate on-line behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking Web sites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.






Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Internet. Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education concerning appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.



Staff members shall provide instruction for their students regarding the appropriate use of technology and online safety and security as specified above. Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online activities of students while at school.


Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server, and computer logs.



Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:



safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of direct electronic communications,



the dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information,



the consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking") cyberbullying and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online, and



unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.





Selected Network resources are intended only for use by South-Western City School District students, staff, and other registered users. Access is not transferable and may not be shared.


Users shall not share their passwords or otherwise allow anyone to gain unauthorized access to the Network. A user is responsible for any violations of this agreement committed by someone who, with the userís express or implied permission, accesses the Network with the userís password.


Access to network resources from outside the District network and District systems is only permitted via secure VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection by authorized staff. Access to District Web-enabled systems is permitted via a Web browser using a secure connection (e.g. https).


Access to the District network and District systems using personally owned equipment such as computers, mobile devices, Web-enabled devices, and cell phones is permitted via the District's wireless "guest" network. Wired access to the District network and District systems using such personally owned equipment is prohibited without prior approval of the Superintendent or designee.



Network Etiquette:


Use of the Network has great potential to enhance the productivity of the users. The Network, however, could also be abused. Users shall be held accountable for their use or misuse of the Network. All users are responsible for good behavior while using the Network, just as they are in a classroom, in a school hallway, or at any school-sponsored activity. Each user must abide by generally accepted rules of Network etiquette, which include but are not limited to:



Users shall not obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users without express authorization.



Users shall not misrepresent themselves on the Network.



Users shall not use the Network in any way that would disrupt the operation of the Network. They shall not intentionally abuse software and/or hardware; use the Network for spamming, create, or transmit mass e-mails or chain letters, or extensively use the Network for non-curriculum-related communications or other purposes exceeding this policy.



Users shall not create or transmit harassing, threatening, abusive, defamatory or vulgar messages or materials.



Except for educational or professional purposes, users shall not reveal any personal information beyond directory information about themselves, District employees, volunteers or students, including but not limited to a userís Network password(s) or social security numbers. Requests for information should be scrutinized by standards of public disclosure and open records law.



The confidentiality of any information stored in or created, received or sent over the e-mail system or through Internet access cannot be guaranteed.



Users shall not use the Network for any commercial activities, such as buying, advertising or selling goods or services, unless it is for legitimate District business.



Users shall not create, transmit or download any materials that support or oppose the nomination or elections of a candidate for public office or the passage of a levy or bond issue, unless for legitimate classroom educational purposes. Additionally, users shall not solicit political contributions through the Network from any person or entity.



Users shall not create, transmit, download or copy any materials (a) that are in violation of District Policies or any Federal, State or local laws, including but not limited to confidential information, copyrighted materials, material protected by trade secrets, and any materials that would violate the Districtís harassment or discrimination policies; or (b) that include the design or detailed information for the purposes of creating an explosive device, materials in furtherance of criminal activities or terrorist acts, threatening materials, or pornographic, sexually explicit or obscene materials.



Users routinely shall delete unnecessary e-mails from their mailboxes.





Vandalism is prohibited. Vandalism is any malicious attempt to hack, alter, harm or destroy software, hardware, data of another user, other Network resources, or the use of the Network to harm or destroy anything on the Internet or outside networks. Vandalism includes but is not limited to the intentional uploading, downloading, creating or transmitting of computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, or other destructive programs or applications.





If users identify a security problem on the Network, such as evidence of hacking, users must notify a systems administrator immediately. All users agree to cooperate with the District in the event of an investigation into any allegations of abuse or security breaches of the Network.



Service Disclaimer:


The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the Network services it provides. The District will not be responsible for any damages a user may suffer arising out of the userís use of, or inability to use, the Network, including but not limited to the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, service interruptions, or user errors or omissions. The District is not responsible for the accuracy of information obtained through electronic information resources; hence, this information should be used at the userís own risk.



Violations of This Policy:


Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to restriction or termination of access to the Network, and/or other discipline in accordance with the applicable student conduct policy, collective bargaining agreement or other Board policies. Violations also may be referred to the appropriate legal authorities and/or other legal action may be pursued.



Signed Authorization Form:


All employees must complete a Network Acceptable Use Agreement form upon employment. The signed form will be kept in the employee's personnel file.


Volunteers, Community Education Students, ABLE (Adult Basic Education) students, and other network users may be required to sign a Network Acceptable Use Agreement form before accessing South-Western City Schools networked computer services. These forms will be housed with the appropriate departments if the participants are required to sign an agreement.


2531 Copyrighted Works


2531.01 Copyright


3210/4210 Staff Ethics


Curriculum Development


5500/5500.01 Student Conduct


5771/5771.01 Interviews, Questioning, and Searches

H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended
18 U.S.C. 2256
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
76 F.R. 56295, 56303

Adopted 9/9/96
Revised 5/14/01
Revised 11/12/01
Revised 8/11/03
Revised 5/10/04
Revised 8/9/10
Revised 8/13/12

© Neola 2012