Computer Usage Agreement
Electronic/Network Acceptable Usage Policy
Technology can greatly enhance the instructional program as well as the efficiency of the District. The Board recognizes that careful planning is essential to ensure the successful, equitable and cost-effective implementation of technology-based materials, equipment, systems and networks. Computers and use of the District network or on-line services support learning and enhance instruction, as well as assist in the administration. Computer networks allow people to interact with many computers; the Internet allows people to interact with hundreds of thousands of networks. All computers are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. Failure to adhere to this policy and the guidelines below will result in the revocation of the user’s access privilege or other discipline action. Unacceptable uses of the computer/network include but are not limited to:
1. violating the conditions of the Ohio Revised Code dealing with students’ and employees’ rights to privacy;
2. using profanity, obscenity or other language which may be offensive to another user;
3. reposting (forwarding) personal communication without the author’s prior consent;
4. copying commercial software in violation of copyright law;
5. using the network for financial gain, for commercial activity or for any illegal activity;
6. accessing and/or viewing inappropriate material and
7. downloading freeware or shareware programs.
8. hacking or other processes to disrupt or provide unauthorized access to any network or network devices.
The Board recognizes the increasing impact of new and emerging technologies on our society and ultimately its students. To this end the Board believes the District must provide the opportunity for students, staff and the community to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively in this increasingly technological world. The Board believes these opportunities are necessary and best realized through the development of a systematic and evolutionary plan for the continued integration of technology into instruction. The Board recognizes that the purpose of such a plan will be to provide the best possible educational opportunities, while determining future changes necessary in order to remain current with evolving technologies having educational potential. The Board recognizes the importance of these opportunities through its continued support, encouragement and commitment to provide the necessary physical and human resources to accomplish the task.
The Superintendent/designee develops a plan to address the short- and long-term technology needs and provide for compatibility of resources among school sites, offices and other operations. As a basis for this plan, he/she examines and compares the costs and benefits of various resources and identifies the blend of technologies and levels of service necessary to support the instructional program.
Because access to on-line services provides connections with other computer systems located all over the world, users (and parents of users who are under 18 years old) must understand that neither the school nor the District can control the content of the information available on these systems. Some of the information available is controversial and sometimes offensive.
The Board does not condone the use of such materials. Employees, students and parents of students must be aware that the privileges to access on-line services are withdrawn from users who do not respect the rights of others or who do not follow the rules and regulations established. A user’s agreement is signed to indicate the user’s acknowledgment of the risks and regulations for computer/on-line services use.
[Adoption date: July 22, 2002]
[Revised: February 13, 2012]
LEGAL REFS.: U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; 20 USC 1232g et seq.
20 USC 1232g; 34 CFR, § 99.1 et seq.