LIBERTY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Liberty County School District recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-century technology and communication skills.
To that end, we provide access to technologies for student and staff use.
This Acceptable Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviors that users are expected to follow when using school technologies or when using personally-owned devices on the school campus.
· The Liberty County School District network is intended for educational purposes.
· All activity conducted over the network or while using district technologies (district provided devices) will be monitored and records retained through the use of a content filter.
· Access to online content via the network will be restricted in accordance with our policies and federal regulations, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
· Users are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online as they are offline.
· Misuse of school resources may result in disciplinary action.
· Liberty County School District makes a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online, but will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from use of school technologies.
· Users of the district network or other technologies are expected to alert IT staff immediately of any concerns for safety or security.
Liberty County School District may provide Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers or devices, videoconferencing capabilities, online collaboration capabilities, message boards, email, phone access and more.
As new technologies emerge, Liberty County School District will attempt to provide access to them. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all available technologies, not just those specifically listed.
All technologies provided by the district are intended for education purposes. All users are expected to use good judgment and to follow the specifics of this document as well as the spirit of it: be safe, appropriate, careful and kind; don’t try to get around technological protection measures; use good common sense; and ask if you don’t know.
Liberty County School District provides its users with access to the Internet, including web sites, resources, content, and online tools. That access will be restricted in compliance with CIPA regulations and school policies. Web browsing may be monitored and web activity records may be retained indefinitely.
Users are expected to respect that the web filter is a safety precaution, and should not try to circumvent it when browsing the Web. If a site is blocked and a user believes it shouldn’t be, the user should follow district protocol to alert an IT staff member or submit the site for review. Use of proxies or attempts in “hacking” are considered serious offenses
Liberty County School District may provide users with email accounts for the purpose of school-related communication. Availability and use may be restricted based on school policies.
If users are provided with email accounts, they should be used with care. Users should not send personal information; should not attempt to open files or follow links from unknown or untrusted origin; should use appropriate language; and should only communicate with other people as allowed by the district policy or the teacher.
Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Email usage may be monitored and archived.
Social/Web 2.0 / Collaborative Content
Recognizing the benefits collaboration brings to education, Liberty County School District may provide users with access to web sites or tools that allow communication, collaboration, sharing, and messaging among users such as My Big Campus and Google Apps for Education.
Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Posts, chats, sharing, and messaging may be monitored. Users should be careful not to share personally-identifying information online.
Mobile Devices Policy
Liberty County School District may provide users with mobile computers or other devices to promote learning outside of the classroom. Users should abide by the same acceptable use policies when using school devices off the school network as on the school network.
Users are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive devices that the school is entrusting to their care. Users should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to IT staff immediately. Users may be financially accountable for any damage resulting from negligence or misuse.
Use of school-issued devices off the school district network will be monitored and filtered.
Personally-Owned Devices Policy
Students should keep personally-owned devices (including laptops, tablets, smart phones, and cell phones) turned off and put away during school hours—unless in the event of an emergency or as instructed by a teacher or staff for educational purposes.
Because of security concerns, when personally-owned mobile devices are used on campus, they should not be used over the school network without express written permission from IT staff.
Users are expected to take reasonable safeguards against the transmission of security threats over the school network. This includes not opening or distributing infected files or programs and not opening files or programs of unknown or untrusted origin.
If you believe a computer or mobile device you are using might be infected with a virus, please alert IT. Do not attempt to remove the virus yourself or download any programs to help remove the virus.
Users should not download or attempt to download or run .exe programs over the school network or onto school resources without express permission from IT staff.
You may be able to download other file types, such as images of videos. For the security of our network, download such files only from reputable sites, and only for education purposes.
Curriculum will be provided to users beginning in the 2012-2013 school year for education on these topics:
Users should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner.
Users should also recognize that among the valuable content online is unverified, incorrect, or inappropriate content. Users should use trusted sources when conducting research via the Internet.
Users should also remember not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers, or future colleges or employers to see. Once something is online, it’s out there—and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways they never intended.
Users should not plagiarize (or use as their own, without citing the original creator) content, including words or images, from the Internet. Users should not take credit for things they didn’t create themselves, or misrepresent themselves as an author or creator of something found online. Research conducted via the Internet should be appropriately cited, giving credit to the original author.
Users should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or financial information, over the Internet. Users should recognize that communicating over the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks, and should carefully safeguard the personal information of themselves and others. Users should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental permission.
If you see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes you concerned for your personal safety, bring it to the attention of a district employee or parent if you’re using the device at home immediately.
Cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Harassing, dissing, flaming, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking, excluding, and cyberstalking are all examples of cyberbullying. Don’t be mean. Don’t send emails or post comments with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else.
Engaging in these behaviors, or any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action and loss of privileges. In some cases, cyberbullying can be a crime. Remember that your activities are monitored and retained.
Examples of Acceptable Use
ü Protect my network credentials (username and password) to prevent misuse of my account. I realize that use of my account by others does not exempt me from disciplinary interventions.
ü Use school technologies for school-related activities.
ü Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that I am expected to follow offline.
ü Treat school resources carefully, and alert staff if there is any problem with their operation.
ü Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to use communicative or collaborative technologies.
ü Alert a teacher or other staff member if I see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online.
ü Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for educational pursuits.
ü Cite sources when using online sites and resources for research.
ü Recognize that use of school technologies is a privilege and treat it as such.
ü Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others.
ü Help to protect the security of school resources.
ü Not leave computer unattended while logged in.
ü Not use unauthorized devices on the school network.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Users should use their own good judgment when using school technologies.
Examples of Unacceptable Use
I will not:
ü Share my network credentials with family and friends.
ü Use school technologies in a way that could be personally or physically harmful.
ü Attempt to find inappropriate images or content.
ü Engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others.
ü Try to find ways to circumvent the school’s safety measures and filtering tools.
ü Use school technologies to send spam or chain mail.
ü Plagiarize content I find online.
ü Post personally-identifying information, about myself or others.
ü Agree to meet someone I meet online in real life.
ü Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom.
ü Use school technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities.
ü Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that isn’t intended for my use.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Users should use their own good judgment when using school technologies.
District Employee Expectations
In addition to the “Examples of Acceptable Use” above, district employees are expected to:
ü Safeguard network and academic software credentials to protect any sensitive data.
ü Supervise students on the network at all times and redirect inappropriate behavior.
ü Administer e-safety curriculum if applicable to grade/subject taught.
Limitation of Liability
Liberty County School District will not be responsible for damage or harm to persons, files, data, or hardware.
While Liberty County School District employs filtering and other safety and security mechanisms, and attempts to ensure their proper function, it makes no guarantees as to their effectiveness.
Liberty County School District will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for unauthorized transactions conducted over the school network.
Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy
Violations of this policy may have disciplinary repercussions, including:
· Suspension of network, technology, or computer privileges
· Notification to parents
· Detention or suspension from school and school-related activities
· Legal action and/or prosecution
· Employee violation of these policies will result in disciplinary actions up to and including termination.
Liberty County School District will administer the appropriate punishment on a case-by-case basis and consequences are intended to educate the student on the impact of the violation. Liberty County School District will make all reasonable accommodations to avoid consequences which may impact academic progress.
SIGNATURE(S) REQUIRED ON NEXT PAGE
AS A STUDENT: I have read and understood this Acceptable Use Policy and agree to abide by it:
(Student Printed Name)
(Student Signature) (Date)
I have read and discussed this Acceptable Use Policy with my child:
(Parent Printed Name)
(Parent Signature) (Date)
AS A LIBERTY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE: I have read and understood this Acceptable Use Policy and agree to abide by it:
(Employee Printed Name)
(Employee Signature) (Date)