Student Acceptable use Procedures

Bowling Green R-1 School District

Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy


What is the Internet?  The Internet is a system of computer networks that is utilized to share information stored on computers throughout the world.

Purpose:  The purpose of providing network and Internet access is to support and enhance learning and teaching by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity to do collaborative work.  The use of the network and Internet must be in support of activities resulting from specific tasks and assignments that enhance learning and teaching, promote the district’s goals and objectives and advance the mission of the district.  The use of the Internet has become an integral part of the Bowling Green R-1 School district curriculum.  (See Penalty)

Opportunities:   Access to the network and Internet is an unparalleled opportunity to interact with the world.  The opportunity brings with it a number of responsibilities.  But, ultimately, parent (s) and guardian(s) or minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow.  To that end, Bowling Green R-1 School district supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to use the network and the Internet.

Web Publishing Guidelines

The web publishing guidelines below serve as the Bowling Green R-1 School district practice when web pages are used as a district’s source of information.  They are intended to safeguard your child as well as the district.

1.   Student(s) and group photos will be published without names unless a parent specifically requests no publishing of a student’s photo.

2.   Web pages residing on the Bowling Green School website shall not contain material violating copyright and permission laws in accordance with our district copyright policy.

3.    All Bowling Green affiliated web pages shall reside on the Bowling Green R-1 server.

4.    All web pages residing on the Bowling Green R-1 School district website shall be approved by the student’s teacher or sponsor.

5.    Web pages and all links shall be curriculum and school-related.

 Student Network/Internet Access

Internet access is available to Bowling Green R-1 School district students.  The board recognizes and supports student access to the resources provided through telecommunications.  The goal of Internet use by students is to give them the ability to use these resources to conduct research and communicate with others over the network.

Telecommunications substantially changes the number of resources available to students.  Students, through using telecommunications, will have access to a multitude of databases, libraries, government agencies, etc.  The staff will continue to follow guidelines for appropriate use of instructional materials, but the district cannot guarantee that users will not have access to improper or unacceptable material. Parents and guardians must decide whether to allow Internet access for their child.  All students of the Bowling Green R-1 School district will be granted the right to have network/Internet privileges.   Any parent not wishing their child to have this privilege should specifically request in writing that their child be denied this privilege. Denial of Permission Form can be found at Denial of Access Form 

Access to the Internet and the network is considered a privilege. Remember that communication over networks should not be considered private.  Maintenance and supervision of the network will sometimes require review and inspection of directories.  General school rules apply for behavior on the Internet.  Students should report to their teacher or other staff members if they access information that could be deemed inappropriate.  The guidelines are provided to make you aware of your responsibilities. Anyone found using access in a way deemed inappropriate will be denied privileges. (See Penalty) The following activities are examples that are considered inappropriate uses of the network.

: Accessing private files (even if those files are unprotected)

: Attempting to break the security of the network

: Illegally copying software

: Placing of unlawful information on or through the computer system

: Using obscene, abusive, or otherwise objectionable language or images in either public or private files or message

: Accessing pornographic or suggestive materials

: Accessing inappropriate text files

: Attempting to copy files of another user

: Attempting to harm or destroy data/files of another user

: Harming or destroying the WAN (Wide Area Network) or other networks connected to the WAN

: Accessing non educational online games (Games not approved by the teacher or lab supervisor)

: Accessing chat rooms

: Accessing instant messaging services such as MSN, ICQ, etc.

: Accessing proxy servers and/or remote software such as VPN.

: Uploading of computer viruses

: Downloading or installing personal software on networked machines

: Downloading from the Internet (This includes programs, screensavers, pointers, music, images, etc.) without instructor permission

: Using the network to facilitate illegal activity

: Using the network for commercial or “for profit” purposes

: Using the network for product advertisement

: Misrepresenting other users on the network

: Intentionally using or modifying passwords belonging to other users

: Ordering merchandise or services through the Internet

: Using e-mail at school for non-academic or non-school related purposes

: Violating copyright law as well as any other federal or state laws

: Using the network/Internet unsupervised

All network users must abide by existing Federal and State laws in force regarding electronic communication. This includes accessing information without authorization, giving passwords out, or causing a system malfunction.  These laws carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison.

Users of the network are allowed to bring personal storage devices from home as long as the instructor or lab supervisor scans the device for viruses and inspects the device for damage before the device is used on the network machines

Content Filtering and Monitoring

The district will monitor the on-line activities of minors and operate a technology protection measure ("filtering/blocking device") on all computers with Internet access, as required by law. The filtering/blocking device will protect against access to visual depictions that are obscene, harmful to minors and child pornography, as required by law. Parents are advised, however, that none of these devices can be guaranteed to be completely effective. Because the district's technology is a shared resource, the filtering/blocking device will apply to all computers with Internet access in the district. Evasion or disabling of the filtering/blocking device installed by the district, including attempts to evade or disable, is a violation of district policy.

The district network is to be used for school purposes only unless the user has the permission from the building Principal, district Technology Director, and/or the Superintendent’s office.

Penalties

Below are the penalties for inappropriate use of the network/Internet per school calendar year.  In cases of severe abuse of the network and/or Internet, violators will be subject to each building’s discipline policy and reviewed by the Bowling Green R-1 administration.

            Internet Violations

1st Violation                Removal from the Internet for 30 school days or remainder of semester, whichever is greater

2nd Violation               Removal from the Internet for 365 school days

3rd Violation                Removal from the Internet for the remainder of the school career

Network Violations

1st Violation                Removal from the Network for 30 school days or remainder of semester, whichever is greater

2nd Violation               Removal from the Network for 365 school days

3rd Violation                Removal from the Network for the remainder of the school career

 This document is consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy in the district.

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