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Acceptable Use Policy for Technology, Internet, and Electronic Resources

USD 456, MdCV Schools

The Marais des Cygnes Valley School District strongly believes in the educational value of technology and electronic services and recognizes the potential of such to support our curriculum and student learning.  The use of technology and information systems is a privilege, not a right.

 

Students need to be reminded that the traditional “Parent’s Warnings” against “talking to strangers” apply in this case for the same safety reasons.  Abuse is considered misconduct as detailed in the District Handbook.  Never respond to any messages that are suggestive obscene or threatening.  Show such messages to an adult/teacher.  They can forward a copy to the service provider for investigation.  Students should not use their full names, or give out their home phone number, home address, or school names.  We also recommend that you do not give out your social security number, bank account number, or credit card numbers.

 

MdCV-USD 456 reserves the right to log Internet use, district email and monitor file server space utilization  by users while respecting user accounts.  MdCV-USD 456 reserves the right to remove a user from the network to prevent further unauthorized activity.  Unauthorized activity by student users will result in that student being referred through the district discipline policy, which involves loss of computer privileges and possible suspension from school depending on the seriousness of the violation.

 

CONSEQUENCES

FOR USING THE INTERNET AND/OR TECHNOLOGY INAPPROPRIATELY ARE AS FOLLOWS.

 

1ST OFFENSE:    Student will have restricted Internet and/or technology privileges for Two Weeks.  Computers may be used for class assignments (during class time) with supervision of the classroom teacher only.  Work missed due to loss of privilege must be made up and worked out with the teacher involved.

 

2nd OFFENSE:    Restricted use of internet/technology for Four Weeks.    (See 1st offense.)

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3RD OFFENSE:      Student will lose Internet and/or technology privileges for THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  If a student is enrolled in an Internet/technology-based class, he/she will

receive a grade of “F”.


 

Activities not permitted include but are not limited to:

  1. Students are not allowed to use a personal computer or wireless device to access the internet or network

  2. Using another’s password to login through that person’s account.

  3. Using obscene language.

  4. Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, flaming, spamming, placing unlawful information on or through the Internet, entering inappropriate addresses, and the use of objectionable language in either public or private files or messages and other anti-social behaviors are prohibited.  The use of “Chat Rooms” is prohibited and will be grounds for suspension from Internet privileges.

  5. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.

  6. Sending threats of violence towards persons or property.

  7. Intentionally wasting limited resources

  8. Trespassing in another’s folders, work, or files.

  9. Violating copyrighted laws or material protected by trade secret.

  10. Using the computer system or network for commercial purposes, personal business, political lobbying, or illegal activity.

  11. Damaging, hacking, or attempting to damage, modify or abuse computers, computer systems, or computer networks in any way.

  12. Uploading or creating computer viruses.

  13. Duplicating, using, or installing illegal or copyrighted software.

  14. District students email account privileges are only for those students who are enrolled in classes that use e-mail for the purpose of the class.  Any email, mobile app, computer application or information on district equipment is subject to monitoring by the administration.  Chain letters or broadcasting messages to lists or individuals is prohibited.  

 

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is “taking ideas of writings from another person and offering them as your own.”  Cutting and pasting ideas into a document from electronic sources is very easy to do, but could be unethical and illegal.  When using someone else’s work, be sure that the author is given credit.  Users will face disciplinary action for academic dishonesty as listed in the student handbook.

 

Network Etiquette:  Computer users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  Users should be polite and use appropriate language.  Users should not reveal home addresses or personal phone numbers or similar identifications about themselves, fellow students, or teachers.  Users should not forward personal communications without the author’s prior consent.

 

The use of the network to access obscene, objectionable or pornographic materials is prohibited; material must be moral, legal, and ethical.  The material shall be deemed obscene, objectionable, or pornographic at the discretion of the District, Administration, Teachers, or other supervising adults or substitutes.  The use of the network to transmit material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients is prohibited.  Again this is at the discretion of the District, Administration, Teachers, or other supervising adults or substitutes.

 

Security:  If a user identifies a security problem, a teacher or supervising staff member should be notified at once.  Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the technology/information system.  MdCV School District uses a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that are not in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy.  MdCV staff will monitor students’ use of the internet through either direct supervision and by monitoring Internet use history to ensure enforcement of the Policy.

 

Acceptable Use:   Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks.  Users will comply with district standards.  The use of assigned accounts, the Internet, and electronic resources must be in support of educational research and the educational goals and objectives of the MdCV School District.  Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers.  Network managers may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly.  Users should recognize that files stored on district systems are NOT private.

 

Students will use the Internet for academic purposes only and students cannot use the Internet without the supervision of a Teacher, Technology Facilitator, Administrator, Substitute or Coordinator.  During school hours, teachers will guide students toward appropriate use of technology resources and the Internet.  Students must hand a pass from their classroom teacher to the Technology Facilitator/supervisor to work in the Media Center.  The pass must contain the type of project that constitutes computer use.  

 

 

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