6-12 STUDENT TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE and INTERNET SAFETY POLICY
Revised: 4-14-10, 6-13-12, 5-8-19
The District shall encourage staff and students to use technology equipment, devices,and the Internet as an educational tool. The District has access to the Internet that is governed and supported by the Utah Education Network. Use of the electronic information resources in the District shall be to improve and support the educational process by providing access to global information and improving communication between students, employees, parents, and community members. Other use of technologyand/or Internet shall be limited to times and circumstances that will not interfere with the education of students and consistent with this Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
The information contained on District technology or accounts shall be deemed the property of the account holder as long as the account remains open and authorized by the School District. However, the School District reserves the right to monitor the information contained on District technology or accounts. Technology andInternet accounts are provided for educational purposes. Any use inconsistent with such educational purposes shall be grounds for terminating the account and/o rconfiscating the information saved in the account.
CONDITIONS AND RULES FORUSE:
- The use of Internet and technologyequipment is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, may result in cancellation of the privilege. South Sanpete Board of Education has delegated school and District administration the authority to determine appropriate use and the power to deny, revoke, suspend or close any user’s account at any time based upon its determination of inappropriate use by account holders or users.
- The information produced from Internet access or technology uses hallbedeemedthepropertyofthe District. This is confidential information to the user unless it is transmitted to others with the user’s permission. Violation of this Policy may result in the loss of technology access privileges and other disciplinaryaction.
- Students in grades 9-12 may obtain an approved school email account. Outside email accounts are not permitted or accessible while on school technology. Electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to beprivate.
- All Internet or technology equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes, goals, and policies of the District. It is imperative that users of the Internet or technology equipment conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical,moral ,and polite manner .All participants must abide by all local, State, and Federal Laws.The Internet user accepts the responsibility of adhering to high standards of conduct and the terms and conditions set forth in all parts of this Policy. To remain eligible as a user, the user’s account must support and be consistent with the educational objectives of theDistrict.
- The Acceptable Use Agreement must be signed by the student and parent when a 6-12 student initially enrolls in a District’s middle school or high school. In addition to this initial enrollment, all students shall receive annual training on appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals through chat rooms or social networking websites and cyberbullying awareness response. Each school’s Community Council shall also provide education and awareness on safe technology use and digital citizenship which empowers students to make smart media and online choices and parents to know how to discuss safe technology with their children.
Utah Admin. Rules R277-495-4.E, C(4) (April 7, 2014)
Utah Code §53G-7-216(3) (2018)
Utah Code §53G-7-1202(3)(a)(v) (2018)
- Internet access shall be filtered and monitored as per Utah State Law and CIPA (Children’sInternet ProtectionAct).
- Unacceptable Internet & Technology EquipmentUses
- Any violation of applicable school/District Policy or State and Federal Laws;
- Any activity that is immoral, disruptive, or contrary to the high moral standards that must be maintained in an educational setting;
- Any attempt to bypass State, District, or school security (e.g.bypassing proxies or hacking servers or workstations,etc.);
- Any activity that attempts to access or transmit immoral, obscene, pornographic, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, defaming, harassing, threatening, disrespectful, or otherwise in appropriate images or information, or receiving such information from others;
- Any violation of copyright, plagiarism, trade secret ortrademark laws;
- Any attempt to damage, disrupt or interfere with the use of any technology electronic information resource;
- Any destruction, defacement, theft, or altering of District equipment;
- Any storing or accessing of illegal, inappropriate, or obscene material on District-owned electronic equipment;
- Dissemination or disclosure of personal identification information;
Utah Admin Rule R277-495-4.A(3) (April 7, 2014)
Utah Code § 63D-2-102 (2009)
Utah Code § 63D-2-103 (2008)
Vandalism, harassment, and cyber bullying are prohibited.
- Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, or destroy data, hardware, software or networks
- Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another user’s work. This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted email, cyber-bullying, posting of harmful information or pictures on websites,etc.
- Cyberbullying is defined as sending or posting text, video, or an image with the intent of knowledge, or with reckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will hurt, embarrass, or threaten an individual, regardless of whether the individual directed, consented to, or acquiesced the conduct, or voluntarily accessed the electronic communication.
The District reserves the right to monitor and review any materia lto determine any inappropriate use of network services.
All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Be polite, use appropriate language, and avoid abusivemessages;
- Do not engage in activities that are prohibited under school/District Policy or State and Federal Law. Messagesrelatingtoorinsupportofillegalactivitiesmaybereportedtotheauthoritiesandcouldresultin the loss of userprivileges.
- Do not reveal personal identificationinformation;
The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services provided in connection with use of the Internet ortechnologyand will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. The District expressly disclaims any liability in connection with the loss of data The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through this service. All users need to considerthesourceofanyinformationtheyobtain,andevaluatehowvalidthatinformationmaybe.
- The District shall implement security procedures on Internet access to protect against unacceptable use. Security on any technology system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Users must never share or allow others to use their password or account. Users shall also protect their password to ensure system security and their own privilege and ability to continue to use the system
- If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator.
- Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other technology systems maybe denied access.
- Procedures forUse
- Students may not install software.
- A user shall not play games or use the technology resources for other non-academic activities. USE OF GAMES PLAYED OVER THE INTERNET OR THE LOCAL AREA NETWORK ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
- The school principal, vice-principal and/o rresponsible school/District personnel may suspend or terminate any technology user’s access for any reason whatsoever.
- AllInternet or technology equipment access of a student is automatically terminated at the moment of withdrawal, graduation, or expulsion of the student from theDistrict.
- Encounter of Controversial Material
Users may encounter material which is controversial and which the user or a staff member may consider inappropriate or offensive. The District has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate materials through a filtering and monitoring system. However, on a global network it is impossible to control the content of data and users may discover controversial material. Users MUST notify the school officialof any inappropriate material. It is the user’s responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Any decision by South Sanpete School District to restrict access to Internet material shall not be deemed to impose any duty on the District to regulate the content of material on the Internet. The District expressly disclaims any obligation to discover all violations of inappropriate Internetaccess.
- Penalties for ImproperUse
- Any user violating these acceptable use rules, applicable State and Federal Laws, or posted classroom rules and District Policy is subject to loss of network privileges or use of any or all
- In addition, pursuant to Utah State Law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any State computing and/or network system is a violation of the Utah Penal Code and/or other applicable Federal Laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution.
Utah Admin Rule R277-495-3F (April 7, 2014)