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Technology - Internet Acceptable Use Policy

INTERNET SERVICES

P-6141.11(A)

Copies of this policy are to be posted in all computer labs, classrooms and media center. This policy summary shall be advertised each September in the newspaper designated by the board. The summary shall also be printed in school and faculty bulletins on a yearly basis. A K-3 version of this policy will be used where applicable. All staff members using computers as part of program are to review this policy with their classes.

Introduction

Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the school. We believe these Internet Services offer vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing these services to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.

Internet Services provide access to an electronic highway connecting millions of computers and individual subscribers all over the world. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials that an industrious user may discover, including controversial information. The Board of Education has installed a URL blocking software that blocks access to objectionable sites when students utilize the Montclair Public Schools Network. This blocking device cannot guarantee that students will not access materials that may not conform to Montclair’s curricular educational standards. Teacher/staff supervision of student’s use of these services is required and expected.

These Internet Services work through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you have in using these services. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If any user violates any of these provisions, future access could possibly be denied.

Terms and Conditions:

1. Acceptable Use – Our goal is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of these Internet Services must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Montclair Public School District. Use of other organization’s networks or computer resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network.

Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

P-6141.11(B)

2. Privileges – The use of the Internet Service is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. 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 Montclair Public School District may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user access.

3. Network Etiquette – You are expected to abide by the generally acceptable rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a. Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

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

c. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

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

e. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users. f. All communication and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.

4. The Montclair Public School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing. The Montclair Public School District will not be responsible for any damage you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet Service is at your own risk. Montclair Public School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained though its services.

5. Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet Service, you must notify the Technology Subject Matter Leader, Technology Coordinator or the building administrator. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet Services.

6. Passwords may be required for e-mail accounts or Internet Services. These passwords, locks, encryptions or other security features do not exist to insure the confidentiality of privacy or their communication. Electronic communications are solely for school purposes and are always subject to monitoring or interception.

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

Violations of the regulations above are unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Violations may result in access privileges being revoked, school disciplinary actions taken, and/or appropriate legal action.

Internet Services (continued)

P – 6141.11(C)

Summary Version

We believe the Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes availability of materials that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials that an industrious user may discover, including controversial information.

The Board of Education has installed URL blocking software. This software cannot guarantee that students may access material that may not conform to Montclair curricular education standards. Teacher/staff supervision of student use of these services is required and expected.

The use of the Internet Services, including any e-mail privileges must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Montclair Public School District. Teacher/staff supervision of student use of these services is required and expected.

Transmission of any materials in violation of any District, US, or State regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

The use of the Internet Service is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Violations of these regulations above are unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.

Violations may result in access privilege being revoked, school disciplinary action taken, and/or appropriate legal action.

Updated: 2/27/2017