Quinlan ISD Technology Acceptable Use Policy

The Superintendent or designee shall implement, monitor, and evaluate electronic media resources for instructional and administrative purposes and shall develop and implement administrative regulations, guidelines, and user agreements, consistent with the purposes and mission of the District, District policy, and law.

Access to the District's technology resources, meaning electronic communications and computer systems and equipment, is a privilege, not a right. Access shall be made available to students and employees primarily for instructional and administrative purposes and in accordance with administrative regulations, district policy and law.  

Internet Safety, Monitored Use, and Filtering

Electronic communications shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use for educational or administrative purposes. Each District computer with Internet access shall have a service or software that blocks access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by the federal Children's Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. Quinlan ISD attempts to controls student access to inappropriate materials, as well as materials that are harmful to minors. QISD also makes every effort to ensure student safety and security when using District electronic communications including a) preventing unauthorized access, hacking and other unlawful activities, b) restricting unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information regarding students, and c) educating students about cyberbullying awareness and response, as well as appropriate online behavior.

Education

Education in the proper use of technology resources will be provided for employees and students with emphasis on safe and ethical use. Education is designed to promote district standards and acceptable use of technology resources as set forth in the QISD Internet Safety Plan, Board Policy, and Acceptable Use Guidelines. Education promotes student safety in electronic communications, including the internet, appropriate online behavior, and cyberbullying awareness and response. Users will be provided copies of the District's acceptable use guidelines.

RULES FOR APPROPRIATE USE

INAPPROPRIATE USES

CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE USE: Noncompliance with applicable regulations will result in a) suspension of access to District technology resources; b) revocation of account; c) disciplinary action consistent with District policies and regulations. (See QISD Student Code of Conduct, QISD Employee Handbook, Policy DH, FN, FO, BBI, and CQ, Employee Standards of Conduct Code of Ethics and Standard Practice for Texas Educators). Violations of law may result in criminal prosecutions as well as disciplinary action by the District.

REPORTING VIOLATIONS:  Immediately report any known violation of the district’s applicable policies, Internet Safety Plan or acceptable use guidelines to the QISD Technology Director at (903) 356-1240 or, if you are a student, to a supervising teacher. You must report requests for personally identifying information or contact from unknown individuals as well as any content or communication that is abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

Disclaimer

System users and parents of students with access to the District's electronic communication system(s) should be aware that use of the system may provide access to other systems in the global network that may contain inaccurate or objectionable material. The District shall not be responsible for ensuring the accuracy or usability of any information found on the Internet. The District's system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. The District does not make any warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to any services provided by the system(s) and any information or software contained therein. The District does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on the system will meet the system user's requirements, or that the system will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects will be corrected. Opinions, advice, services, and all other information expressed by system users, information providers, service providers, or other third party individuals in the system are those of the providers and not the District. The District shall not be liable for the users' inappropriate use of the District's electronic communication resources or violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or costs incurred by users.