Visions In Education
Acceptable Use Policy Addendum
Visions In Education reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities (1) that create security and/or safety issues for the school, students, employees, network or computer resources, or (2) that expend school resources on content the school in its sole discretion determines lacks legitimate educational content/purpose, or (3) other activities as determined by school as inappropriate.
The following are examples of unacceptable uses of Visions In Education technology:
- Cyberbullying - The use of modern communication technologies (such as listed below) to intentionally embarrass, humiliate, threaten or intimidate an individual or group.
- Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms
- Web Sites
- Social Networking Sites
- Cell Phones and other forms of technology
- Transmitting on or through the network any material that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, or federal law, statute or regulation;
- Criminal activities that can be punished under the law;
- Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances;
- Obtaining and/or using anonymous email sites; spamming or “chain letters”; spreading viruses;
- Accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials, materials that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or copyrighted materials;
- Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as:
- Using profane, abusive, or impolite language; threatening, harassing, or making damaging or false statements about others or accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;
- Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' names, emails, files, or data; disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email;
- Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance;
- Using any District computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws;
- Users may not attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of or jeopardize services to any host, network, or account. Examples include:
- Accessing data the user is not expressly authorized to access;
- Probing the security of the District’s network and the networks of others, password sniffing; IP spoofing;
- Install network or server equipment not authorized by the District;
- Bypassing District proxy services;
- Using another’s account password(s) or identifier(s);
- Interfering with other users’ ability to access their account(s);
- Disclosing anyone’s password to others or allowing them to use another’s account(s).
- Using the network or Internet for Commercial purposes:
- Using the Internet for personal financial gain;
- Using the Internet for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain;
- Conducting for-profit business activities and/or engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes.
- Parents are responsible for any charges incurred as a result of use of any Visions’ device. These charges include but are not limited to; roaming, voice, messaging, and purchase. Internet access devices used outside the United States (including Mexico and Canada) will incur significant fees. Do not use these devices outside the United States.
Visions In Education Google Apps for Education
Visions In Education students will be accessing the following applications from Google Apps:
- Gmail – includes email, Google Calendar, and chat.
- Email and chat records will be archived for subpoena purposes
- Student usernames will be generated by the administrator and will be alphanumeric, completely free of student first and last name, student id number, or social security number.
- Student accounts will be identified by avatars.
- Google Docs – Students and teachers will collaborate through shared documents.
- Documents will not include a student’s full name, phone number, or address.
- Students will be identified by their assigned alphanumeric username.
- All documents will be shared privately to ensure they are not available to the public.
- Google Sites – Students will be using Google Sites for an electronic portfolio.
- Templates will be created to maintain student anonymity, protecting student identity.
- A generic title will be used for the portfolio, including only the student’s first name.
- Posted material must be appropriate for education purposes connected to curriculum.
- Fair use and copyright laws apply to all content.
- Posted material must be appropriate for educational purposes connected to curriculum.
- Google Hangouts – Students and teachers will collaborate through Google Hangout via audio and/or video for a variety of different learning needs.
- Student’s legal guardian must be acknowledged before any student/teacher video conferences through Google Hangout.
- Students must follow the Google+ and Hangout Rules/Best Practices and deviation from these rules and best practices will result in disciplinary action.
- Students are not allowed to add outside people to their student Google+ account unless instructed to do so by teacher. Google+ is intended to be used for educational purposes only.
Visions In Education Students agree to:
- Use resources provided for all Visions In Education courses for authorized purposes only.
- Use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with licensing agreements.
- Use appropriate and respectful language in all communications. Inappropriate language or messages will not be tolerated. If it is determined that language and/or messages are inappropriate, the following minimum disciplinary guidelines will be used when determining consequences: first offense, a warning to the student and notice to parent; second offense, a conference with the student, parents, and administrator; third offense, removal from Visions In Education. In the case of a grievous offense, a student could be removed from Visions In Education even if it is a first offense.
- Students and/or parents are liable for any improper use of the Internet and/or email. Students understand that anything done on the computer can be retrieved and printed at any time. Student email, chat, and discussion privileges may be restricted or removed. Student course message accounts should be used for class purposes only. Students are expected to protect the privacy of students and staff and not publish or distribute message addresses outside of class members. Students will follow rules, written and implied, pertaining to Internet etiquette (Netiquette) and communicate respectfully to everyone. Students will not attempt to bypass security protocols.
- In addition to the San Juan Unified School District Responsible Use Agreement, this addendum outlines specific Responsible Use Agreement details to which students enrolled in Visions In Education will be expected to adhere.
Penalties for Improper Use
Misuse of District technology may lead to disciplinary and/or legal action including the possible loss of technology use while at school. Technology use is a privilege, not a right. Individual schools sites will apply disciplinary action based upon the seriousness of each violation.
The following minimum disciplinary guidelines will be used when determining consequences for violation of this Acceptable Use Policy:
- first offense, a warning to the student and notice to parent;
- second offense, a conference with the student, parents, and administrator;
- third offense, removal from Visions In Education.
- In the case of a grievous offense, a student could be removed from Visions In Education even if it is a first offense.
The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.
Last revised 7/2/2014