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Student Acceptable Use Policy for Technology

PURPOSE

1. The Bradford Central School District (Bradford CSD) is providing students with access to the district’s technology, which includes hardware, software, local and wide area network and internet access.

2. The purpose of the district’s technology is to prepare students for educational pursuits and success in life and work in the 21st century by providing them with electronic access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with people throughout the world. Additionally, the technology will assist the district in sharing information with employees, parents, social services and government agencies, and other local community businesses. Activities of a curricular and professional nature will have priority on the system over those oriented toward personal growth and self-discovery.


DISTRICT RESPONSIBILITIES

1. The Superintendent will oversee the Bradford CSD technology and will work with other regional or state organizations as necessary.

2. The Director of Technology and/or designated individual will establish a process for allocating and maintaining user agreements and user accounts, as well as the district’s web site, LAN, WAN and network security.

3. The Building Principal will serve as the building level coordinator for the district’s technology and will approve building level activities. Principals shall:
• ensure that teachers have access to proper instruction in the use of the technology and the requirements of this policy
• establish a system to ensure adequate supervision of students using the technology
• be responsible for interpreting the district’s acceptable use policy for technology at the building level


TECHNICAL SERVICES PROVIDED THROUGH THE BRADFORD CSD

1. Email – Email will be provided to students as directed by the district administration for electronic communication.

2. Internet – The internet provides access to a wide range of information in the form of text, graphics, photographs, videos, and audio files, from sources around the world. It is a valuable research tool for students.

3. Local and Wide Area Networks – Networks including classrooms, computer laboratories, libraries, and offices throughout the district will provide access to educational software and to services which support the goals of the district.

4. Educational Software – The district will allow students access to software, which supports the goals of the district’s curriculum.

5. Content Filtering and Monitoring – The district will acquire and maintain software designed to help filter and/or monitor access to the internet. The Bradford CSD makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that users will not inadvertently access objectionable materials.


ACCESS TO DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY

1. The district’s Acceptable Use Policy for technology will govern all use of the district’s technology. Student use will also be governed by the district’s disciplinary code.

2. Student access to the district’s technology will be under the supervision of a district employee.

3. All students will have access to the internet throughout the district’s network.

4. Access to the district’s technology will only be granted after a student and their parent/guardian has signed and agreed to the conditions of the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology for the current school year. The Acceptable Use Policy for Technology must be signed at the beginning of each school year by all students and their parent/guardian.


DISTRICT LIMITATIONS AND LIABILITIES

1. The Bradford CSD makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the district’s technology will be error-free or without defect.

2. The Bradford CSD is not responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruption of service.

3. The Bradford CSD is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system.

4. The Bradford CSD is not responsible for financial obligations arising through individual purchases, or the unauthorized use of the system.


DUE PROCESS

1. The Bradford CSD will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation conducted concerning or related to illegal activities of any individuals misusing the district’s system.

2. In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the district’s acceptable use policy, the student will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the district’s disciplinary code.

3. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. If the alleged violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the district’s disciplinary code, the violation will be handled in accordance with the applicable provision of the disciplinary code.


SEARCH AND SEIZURE

1. Bradford CSD technology users have no expectation of privacy in the contents of their personal files and on the district’s technology. All communications and documents transmitted or stored on district equipment or through district electronic services is on district property and subject to search by the district. Further, use of district equipment or district services constitutes consent by the person using the equipment or service to search of the information by the district. Should routine maintenance and monitoring of the system lead to the discovery that a user has or is violating the Bradford CSD acceptable use policy, other district policy or procedures, or the law, an individual search will be conducted. The nature of the investigation will be reasonable and in the context of the nature of the alleged violation.


SELECTION OF MATERIALS AND MEDIA

1. The Bradford CSD Board of Education policy on selection of materials will govern the use of the district’s technology.

2. When using the internet for class activities, teachers will select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students, and that is relevant to the course objectives.
a. Teachers will preview the materials and sites they require or recommend students access to determine the appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed through the site.
b. Teachers will provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly.
c. Teachers will assist their students in developing the skills to ascertain the truthfulness of information, distinguish fact from opinion, and engage in discussions about controversial issues while demonstrating tolerance and respect for those who hold divergent views.


DISTRICT WEB SITE

The Superintendent and Director of Technology of the Bradford CSD will designate a webmaster who shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a district website. All district buildings and extra-curricular activities sanctioned by the district will have the right to provide information to be posted on the district’s website.


GUIDELINES FOR ACCEPTABLE USE OF BRADFORD CSD TECHNOLOGY

STUDENT SAFETY
a. Student users will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes home address or telephone number, work address or telephone number, age, gender, ethnicity, etc.
b. Student users will not agree to meet with someone they have met (communicated with) online.
c. Student users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any web sites, email message, or other information revealed to them that they believe to be inappropriate, or which makes them feel uncomfortable.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
a. Student use/access of any e-mail system other than that provided by the district (such as Hotmail, AOL, or Yahoo) is prohibited.

MISCONDUCT
a. Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district’s technology or to any other computer system via the district’s network. Nor will they attempt to exceed their level of authorization. This includes attempting to log on as another person, or to access another user’s account or files, even if only for the purpose of "browsing".
b. Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the performance of the district’s technology or to destroy software or data by spreading computer viruses, or by any other means of corruption.
c. Students will not use the district’s technology to engage in any act that might threaten the health, safety, or welfare of any person or persons. This includes but is not restricted to the arrangement of drug sales or purchases, the purchase of alcohol or firearms, participation in cybersex or other illicit or criminal activities.

SYSTEM SECURITY
a. Students are responsible for their registered accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their accounts. Under no conditions should a user provide his/her password to another person.
b. Students will immediately notify the designated network administrator if they identify a possible security violation. However, users should not go "out of their way" looking for problems, as this could be construed as an attempt to gain unauthorized access, or to compromise the system.
c. Students may not disengage any system security software without the prior knowledge and permission of the designated network administrator.

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE
a. Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages (screen displays), private messages (email), and all materials to be posted to the internet.
b. Students will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language on the technology.
c. Students will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of system disruption.
d. Students will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
e. Students will not harass or discriminate, as defined in the Code of Conduct.
f. Students will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
g. Students will not use or possess bootleg software. Booltleg software means any software which has been downloaded or is otherwise in the user’s possession without the appropriate registration of the software, including the payment of any fees owing to the owner of the software.
h. Students will not use encryption software form any access point within the district.
i. Students will not transmit credit card or other personal identification information, including home addresses or telephone numbers from any school district computer.
j. Students will not transit email through an anonymous remailer.
k. Students will not access the internet from a school district computer using a non-district account.

RESPECTING PRIVACY
a. Students will not re-post a message that was sent to them marked “private” or “confidential” without the permission of the person who sent them the message. (Unless legally required to do so.)
b. Students will not post private information about another person.

RESPECTING RESOURCE LIMITS
a. Students will use the district’s technology for educational and/or career development activities as well as limited certain high quality, self-discovery activities.
b. Students may not use the district’s technology for commercial purposes. Defined as: Offering, providing, or purchasing goods or services for personal use or profit. District acquisition procedures will be followed for purchases via the district’s technology.
c. Students may not use the district’s technology for political lobbying, as defined by the state statute related to lobbying. However, users may use the technology to communicate with the elected representatives, and to appropriately express their opinions on political issues.
d. Students will not download large files unless absolutely necessary for educational purposes, and preferably at a time when this activity will not significantly impact the use of the system by others, for an unreasonable duration. Files should be removed from the system when they are no longer needed.
e. Students will not maintain connections to websites providing streaming audio or video content between the times of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. unless the content is necessary for curricular purposes. Connections to audio and video content servers maintained by the district will be permitted at all times.
f. Students will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Defined as: Sending annoying, unnecessary, and unsolicited mail and messages to others; electronic junk mail.
g. Students will restrict the production of hard copies (printouts) to those documents necessary and pertinent to educational purposes, and should always be preceded by a print preview. This is stated in order to prevent waste of costly district resources.

COPYRIGHT AND PLAGIARISM
a. District policies on copyright and plagiarism will govern the use of material accessed through the district’s technology.
b. Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the internet. Defined as: Taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user. When using information acquired from the internet for
research purposes, users will cite sources according to an approved bibliographic style.
c. Students will respect the rights of the copyright owner. Copyright infringement
occurs when an individual reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of the work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
d. Students will not install software unless the software has been legally obtained, and then only onto the specified, approved computers.

ACCESS TO INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL
a. Students will not use Bradford CSD technology to access material that is profane, sexually explicit, or sexually suggestive, pornographic or obscene, or that advocates violence, hatred, discrimination, or illegal acts including harassing, discriminatory or threatening communications and behavior. A special exception may be made for units of study related to "sensitive topics" (the holocaust, sexually transmitted or gender specific diseases, propaganda, etc.). The network is not to be used for private financial gain, or commercial, advertising or solicitation.
b. Students, who inadvertently access inappropriate material, should immediately disclose the details of such information (Date, Time, URL, etc.) to the teacher in charge, supervisory personnel, and network administrator. This will protect other users from accessing the same information, and the reporting user from unfair allegations. This information should not be disclosed to other users; as such action would constitute a violation of policy.

GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEO & AUDIO OF STUDENTS
Bradford CSD maintains a public website to showcase events, student work, news and activities. Photographs, videos and audio are included on the website and may be posted for an undetermined period of time during the current and subsequent school years.

The district has developed content guidelines for the website in this regard. The following points will be addressed by the school before any student photograph is posted on a website.

• The full name, address, phone number, or email address of a student will not be provided on the school website.
• Photographs of large groups of students may be posted on the school website without parental permission as long as individual students are not singled out or identified in any way (e.g. a school assembly, sporting activity or music festival).
• Parental permission must be obtained before photographs of individual children or small groups of children (e.g. class photos) are posted on the school website.

*PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO AND AUDIO RELEASE SECTION (please check one):

We may wish to include photographs, videos or audio of your child to promote Bradford Central School District’s educational programs.  To give your permission, please sign this release form and return to your child’s teacher.

Throughout the year, student photos, video and audio may be recorded and included for use in Bradford Central School publications in both electronic and print format.
   BCS uses these publications to provide the public with information and news about our school district. 

PLEASE NOTE: 
Our web site is designed to protect families, employees and any other persons from unwanted disclosure of personal information.  When photo, video or audio of a student is used, their full first and last name will not be used.  Individuals will be identified with the first initial and last name only.


NOTE:
  Please review the district’s Guidelines for the Use of Photographs, Video & Audio of Students above prior to completing this section