Network Access and The Internet

This Acceptable Use Policy must accompany any request for a Stratton School District R-4 network account that provides Internet access, application access, storage and access to personal files, and printer access and is also required for access to any network server.

The Account may only be used during the time the user is a student or employee of the School District. Anyone who receives an Account is responsible for making sure it is used properly.

If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use of the computer network or the Internet is appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher, supervisor, or administrator.

Internet Safety

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), the Stratton School District R-4 will implement a technology protection measure through filtering and/or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors less than 18 years of age. However, no software is foolproof, and there is still a risk an Internet user may be exposed to a site containing such materials. An Account user who incidentally connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or supervisor. If an Account user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher or supervisor immediately.

Privacy Policy

The System Administrators and Technology Coordinator have the authority to monitor all Accounts, including e-mail and other materials transmitted or received via the Accounts. All such materials are the property of the School District. Account users do not have any right to or expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

UNACCEPTABLE USES OF THE COMPUTER NETWORK OR THE INTERNET

(1) Uses that violate any state or federal law or municipal ordinance include, but are not limited to the following:

· Selling or purchasing any illegal substance;

· Accessing, transmitting, or downloading child or adult pornography, obscene depictions, harmful materials, or materials that encourage others to violate the law; or

· Transmitting or downloading confidential information or materials that violate Federal copyright laws.

(2) Uses that involve the accessing, transmitting or downloading of inappropriate matters on the Internet, as determined by the school board, or other related authority

(3) Uses that involve obtaining and or using unauthorized free or freemail e-mail sites as defined by the School District’s Internet filtering solution

(4) Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property include, but are not limited to the following:

· Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users’ e-mails, files, or data;

· Accessing another user’s e-mail without his/her permission, and as a result of that access, reading or forwarding the other user's e-mails or files without that user's permission;

· Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network;

· Using profane, abusive, or impolite language;

· Disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous e-mail messages;

· Threatening, harassing, or making defamatory or false statements about others;

· Accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;

· Accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or in any way degrading or disrupting any computer system performance; or

· Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of "pyramid schemes";

· Using any district computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the district, or attempting to access information that is protected by privacy laws.

(5) Uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into Accounts or other computer networks include, but are not limited to the following:

· Using other user’s Account passwords or identifiers;

· Disclosing one's Account password to other users or allowing other users to use one's Accounts;

· Getting unauthorized access into other user’s Accounts or other computer networks; or

· Interfering with other user's ability to access their Accounts.

Penalties for Improper Use

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the restriction or cancellation of this privilege. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to violations, and will be designed to assist the student or staff member in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. Possible punishments include, but are not limited to: detention, ISS, OSS, and in extreme cases, expulsion, ineligibility and/or loss of privileges for up to one school year. The Stratton Board of Education and its employees will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation concerning to or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the network system.