SUBJECT: STUDENT USE OF
COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES
The Board of Education will
provide access to various computerized information resources through the
District’s computer system (“DCS” hereafter) consisting of software, hardware,
computer networks and electronic communications systems. This may include access to electronic mail,
so-called “on-line services” and the “Internet.” All use of the DCS shall be subject to this policy and
accompanying regulations. Further, all
such use must be in support of education and/or research and consistent with
the goals and purposes of the School District.
One purpose of this policy
is to provide notice to students and parents/guardians that, unlike most
traditional instructional or library media materials, the DCS will allow
student access to external computer networks not controlled by the School
District where it is impossible for the District to screen or review all of the
available materials. Some of the
available materials may be deemed unsuitable by parents/guardians for student
use or access. This policy is intended
to establish general guidelines for acceptable student use. However, despite the existence of such
District policy and accompanying guidelines and regulations, it will not be
possible to completely prevent access to computerized information that is
inappropriate for students.
Parents/guardians of students must be willing to set and convey
standards for appropriate and acceptable use to their children when using any
electronic media or communications.
Generally, the same
standards of acceptable student conduct which apply to any school activity
shall apply to use of the DCS. This
policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of
the DCS; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all inappropriate
usage. Administrative regulations will
further define general guidelines of appropriate student conduct and use as
well as proscribed behavior.
District students shall also
adhere to the laws, policies and rules governing computers including, but not
limited to, copyright laws, rights of software publishers, license agreements,
and student rights of privacy created by federal and state law.
Students who engage in
unacceptable use may lose access to the DCS in accordance with applicable due
process procedures, and may be subject to further discipline under the
District's school conduct and discipline policy and the Student Discipline Code
of Conduct. The District reserves the
right to pursue legal action against a student who willfully, maliciously or
unlawfully damages or destroys property of the District. Further, the District
may bring suit in civil court against the parents/guardians of any student who
willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys District property
pursuant to General Obligations Law Section 3-112.
Student data files and other
electronic storage areas will be treated like school lockers. This means that such areas shall be
considered to be School District property subject to control and inspection.
The administration may access all such files and communications to insure
system integrity and that users are complying with the requirements of this
policy and accompanying regulations. Students should NOT expect that information stored on the DCS will be private.
Regulations will be
established as necessary to implement the terms of this policy