REGULATIONS OF ACCESS
Review of Access Privileges
The Department will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal
officials in any lawful investigation concerning or relating to any
illegal activities conducted through the Department system.
The Department may revoke Internet access in its sole discretion. If
a student’s access is revoked, the Department will ensure that the student
nonetheless continues to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in
the educational program.
Student disciplinary actions should 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 student disciplinary code, the violation will be handled
in accordance with the applicable provision of the code.
Employee violations of the Department Internet Acceptable Use Policy will
be handled by appropriate discipline.
The Department reserves the right to use “cookies” on its site.
Cookies are computer programs that allow the Department, among other
things, to verify whether a visitor is an authorized user of the
Department’s system and that store information about a user on a computer
hard drive or disk. Information stored includes, but may not be
limited to, the date and time a user visits the site and information about
the user’s activities while online. Any information gathered is
obtained solely for the purpose of improving the Department’s services and
providing the system with statistical information to assist in improving
teaching and learning by teachers and students respectively.
otherwise provided in this Internet Acceptable Use Policy, the Department
of its users. Personal identifying information includes, but is not
limited to, names, home addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone
As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), the
Department will monitor students’ online activities. Such monitoring
may lead to discovery that the user has violated or may be violating, the
Department Internet Acceptable Use Policy, the student disciplinary code,
or the law. The Department also reserves the right to monitor other
users (e.g., non students) online activities.
The Department reserves the right to employ and review the results of
software that searches, monitors and/or identifies potential violations of
the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
Users should be aware that their personal files may be discoverable in
court and administrative proceedings and in accordance with public records
System users have no privacy expectation in the contents of their personal
files and records of their online activity while on the Department
Freedom of Expression
policies on Freedom of Expression, as set forth in the Bill of Student
Rights and Responsibilities will govern the use of the Internet.
Nothing in this policy shall affect any existing or future policy on free
Selection of Material
using the Internet for class activities, teachers should:
Select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students
and that is relevant to the course objectives.
Preview the materials and sites they require students to access to
determine the appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed
through the site.
Provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in
channeling their research activities effectively and properly.
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.
Parental Notification and Responsibility
As appropriate, the Department will provide students and parents with
guidelines and instructions for student safety while using the Internet.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy contains restrictions on accessing
inappropriate material and student use generally will be supervised.
However, there is a wide range of material available on the Internet, some
of which may or may not fit the particular values of the students. It is
not practically possible for the Department to monitor and enforce a wide
range of social values in student use of the Internet. Further, the
Department recognizes that parents bear primary responsibility for
transmitting their particular set of family values to their children. The
Department will encourage parents to specify to their child(ren) what
material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through
the Department system.
If the Department provides home Internet access, parents are exclusively
responsible for monitoring their own and their child(ren)'s use of the
Internet if they access the system from home. Filtering may or may
not be employed to screen home access to the Internet. Parents should
inquire with the school or district.
Students: Students may be provided with Internet access and may have
dial-up access to the system from home. There is no central
Department policy requiring a district or school to enter into a written
agreement to provide a student such access. On the other hand, for
educational reasons, a district may decide to create a written agreement
or “compact” with parents that embodies the terms and responsibilities of
the student, parent and school in detail. However, the written
agreement may not permit any Internet or e-mail activity prohibited by
this Internet Acceptable Use Policy, and it may not prohibit any such
activity permitted by this Policy.
Department Employees: Department employees may be provided with Internet
accounts and may have dial-up access to the system. No written
agreement will be required.
Limitations on Internet Usage
Personal Safety Violations For Students
Student users will not post or transmit photographs or personal contact
information about themselves or other people without prior written
parental consent from the parent of the student whose information is being
posted. Such consent must be delivered to the child’s teacher or
principal. Personal contact information includes, but is not limited
to, home address, telephone number, school name, school address and
Student users will not agree to meet with someone they have met online
without their parent's approval and participation.
Student users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school
employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel
Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Department
system or to any other computer system through the Department system, or
go beyond their authorized access. This prohibition includes intentionally
seeking information about passwords belonging to other users, modifying
passwords belonging to other users, or attempting to log in through
another person's account. Further, users may not attempt to access,
copy, or modify another user’s files. These actions are not permitted and
may be illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing.”
Users shall not attempt to subvert network security, impair the
functionality of the network or bypass restrictions set by network
administrators. Users are also prohibited from destroying data by
spreading computer viruses or vandalizing data, software or equipment.
Users shall not use the Department system to engage in any other illegal
act, such as arranging for a drug sale, purchasing alcohol for a minor,
engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of a person,