SKYLINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
This handbook is for students in grades K-6. This handbook will assist Skyline students and their parents in becoming better acquainted with the organization and practices at Skyline School. Please read it carefully and keep as a reference.
The mission of Skyline Elementary School is to provide a nurturing, safe environment for children. All students will be given the opportunity to develop their individual potential by adapting to challenges as a foundation for lifelong learning.
1. Learn how to be a good citizen.
2. Learn how to respect and get along with people who think, dress and act differently.
3. Learn about and try to understand the changes that take place in the world.
4. Develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, math and science.
5. Understand and practice democratic ideas and ideals.
6. Learn how to examine and use information.
7. Understand and practice skills of family living.
8. Learn to respect and get along with people with whom we work and live.
9. Develop skills to enter a specific field of work.
10. Learn how to be a good manager of money, property and resources.
11. Develop a desire for learning now and in the future.
12. Learn how to use leisure time.
13. Practice and understand the ideas of health and safety.
14. Appreciate culture and beauty in the world.
15. Gain information needed to make job selections.
16. Develop pride in work and a feeling of self-worth.
17. Develop good character and self-respect
On behalf of the staff at Skyline Elementary School, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2016/17 school year. I am looking forward to the best year ever at Skyline Elementary School! Our school is a place where children are valued, respected and cared for. We believe that every child can learn and we are committed to making that belief a reality for each one of our students.
In order to bring out the best in all of our students it is critical that a strong partnership be formed between the school and parents of our students. Working together on behalf of your child must be a priority. Please feel free to visit the school as often as possible, volunteer when you can, work with your child at home and support what we are doing in the community. When you have concerns about your child’s education please begin by bringing your concern to the attention of your child’s classroom teacher. If you and the teacher are not able to resolve your concern, I and other members of our team will work in partnership with you to help your child.
I want to assure you that all of us at Skyline Elementary School will do our very best to provide your child with a terrific school year. I am looking forward to watching your child learn and grow over the next year.
Lead the way tonight, Spirit Blue
Roll on through, that's right, Spirit Blue
All the way we'll go
Our Spunk we'll show
Stand up for Skyline High
(Yell Fight! Fight! Fight! or Sock 'em, Sock 'em, Skyline)
We must win this game, Spirit Blue
Proud to bear the name, Spirit Blue
Play it fair and square - we dare
You to defy Skyline High
O, Thunderbirds of Skyline,
Proud Columbia Blue
'Tis our style to fight
With all our might
Thunderbirds of Skyline High (yell)
Thunderbirds, we're with you,
Loyal to the end
Keep rolling on to vic-to-ry,
Spirit Blue, we will Defend!
It is critical that students attend school whenever possible in order to support their academic success in the classroom. The administration and faculty do recognize, however, that it is necessary for students to be gone upon occasion for medical appointments, family emergencies, etc.
When students or parents know in advance of an upcoming absence from school, it is their responsibility to notify the teacher in order to obtain any assignments which need to be completed. It is also important that all assignments are completed in a timely manner and returned promptly to the teacher(s). Students with excessive absences may be asked to bring a doctor's note for future absences.
1. All absences are considered unexcused until such time as:
a. parent or guardian telephone the school office in advance to inform them of the reason for the absence,
b. a note is presented to the school office providing the following information:
1. date of note
2. date (or dates) of absence(s)
3. reason for absence(s)
4. valid signature of parent or guardian
2. At this point, the administration will be responsible for determining whether or not the absence is excused.
3. Acceptable criteria for excusing an absence will be:
b. doctor or dentist appointment
c. court appearance
e. extreme need at home
f. extended family trip - may be excused provided the student has arranged to make up school work for each class
4. Failure to bring such a note or make a phone call will cause the absence or tardy to be unexcused. Any student not in the classroom when the class begins will be considered tardy.
Pupils whose absence is excused are given teacher help in making up the work lost, providing they wish help and accept it promptly and without undue urging.
Teachers are not required to help pupils make up work lost through an unexcused absence.
Send notes to the teachers if the following circumstances arise:
1. Child is absent or tardy. This will let us know you are aware of the absence or tardy.
2. Child is to be picked up after school instead of riding the bus.
3. Child is to ride a different bus or get off at a location other than home.
4. Child is to leave school with someone other than you.
5. Any other time when circumstances are different or unusual.
The district has goals and objectives for Human Sexuality and AIDS education. A parent or guardian (or student 18 years of age or older) may use the district opt-out provision to remove the student from some portion or all of human sexuality and AIDS classes that are included in the district's required curriculum.
Students attending athletic events are expected to be in the stands watching the games. Visits to the concession stand and restrooms should be made at half-time and between game intermissions. Students who do not follow these rules or who misbehave in the stands will be sent to sit with their parents. If parents are not here - they will be called to come after misbehaving students.
Book rental fees will be refunded to departing students on the following schedule:
During 1st trimester -- 1/2 rental fee
After 1st trimester -- no refund.
Loss or misuse of books will result in student paying on a prorated basis the cost of the book.
The rules for bus conduct are posted on each bus, in this handbook, and are also available from the school office. Each student is responsible for learning and obeying the rules. Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right, and this privilege can be denied by the administration.
1. The bus driver is in charge of all passengers while they are riding, loading, or unloading from the bus and must be obeyed promptly and respectfully.
2. Students are to sit quietly in their seat, facing the front of the bus, keeping feet on the floor and keeping extremities to themselves and out of the aisles. Students are never to sit on feet, books, etc. and must always sit flat on their seat.
3. Pupils must be on time, as the bus cannot wait for those who are tardy. Pupils must walk on the far left side of the road facing traffic when going to the bus stop.
4. Students shall not extend any part of their body out of bus windows, and must be seated when bus is in motion.
5. Students must keep their hands to themselves and not throw anything inside the bus, or out the bus windows.
6. Musical instruments, backpacks, art or shop projects, etc., are to be held in student's lap or placed under student's seat. Students are at no time allowed to sit on items or allow items to obstruct aisle way. Items that will not fit in the student's lap or under the student's seat will not be transported on the school bus.
7. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited. Students shall not talk in a loud voice, or otherwise distract the driver's attention. Remember your safety is in their hands.
8. When leaving the bus, pupils must observe directions of driver, and if road must be crossed, the pupil shall do so in front of the bus, after making sure highway is clear.
9. Fighting or scuffling is prohibited in or around a bus.
10. All forms of tobacco, alcohol, or weapons, except side arms carried by a Law Enforcement officer, are strictly prohibited on the bus.
11. During stormy weather students are advised to listen to the local radio station for storm warnings and notice of school closure or late start.
12. All drinks except water (pop, koolaid, etc.) are prohibited on the bus except on field or activity trips where prior approval has been given.
13. All candy, gum, sunflower seeds, etc. are prohibited on the bus.
14. A note signed by the parent must be sent to the teacher and the driver if a child is to be picked up after school instead of riding the bus or is to ride a different bus or get off at a location other than home.
15. All electronics are prohibited from use on the bus except on field or activity trips where prior approval has been given.
Penalty: Pupils may at any time be denied the privilege of riding the school bus because of disorderly conduct, refusal to obey bus rules or failure to follow driver's instructions.
Note: The above rules are not meant to be inclusive. The bus driver may establish other rules as the situation warrants.
Step 1: The bus driver will verbally reprimand the student.
Step 2: The student will be assigned a seat for a short term.
Step 3: Repeat offenders will be assigned a seat for a long term, the bus driver will call parents, and will report misbehavior to school administrators.
Step 4: School administration will hold conference with student and parents.
Step 5: Administration will suspend student from bus for short term.
Step 6: Administration will suspend student from bus for long term.
NOTE: If behavior is of serious enough nature the first four steps may be by-passed.
Candy (i.e., suckers, jawbreakers, etc.), gum and pop will not be allowed in the classrooms or the building without administrative approval.
In order for the school to handle emergencies, maintain communication, and keep our records current, please notify the school office of any changes in the following information: address, telephone number, place of employment, day care provider, or emergency telephone number. Any time there is a change in address or telephone number, the school office should be notified. Up-to-date information is needed at all times in case a parent needs to be contacted. Alternates named by parents should be able to be contacted easily and to assist the school if needed.
Students will be expected to act in an orderly manner in the building before, during and after school. Excessive noise, rowdiness and disorderly behavior is not acceptable. Proper conduct in the building is expected at all times. This means students are to pass quickly through the halls; should not loiter, run, push or hit others as they pass.
Any pupil who intentionally or accidentally destroys or damages any school property, or who defaces by cutting, writing, or drawing pictures on any fences, furniture, building or other school property shall immediately compensate or make specific arrangements for compensation for such damage, and upon refusal may be suspended from school until compensation has been made.
It is the philosophy of the school that all practical means be employed to help each student develop skills in self-discipline. Students should be respectful and courteous to all whom they are associated with whether they be other students or teachers.
1. Teachers will employ such discipline procedures in the school as would be exercised by a kind and just parent.
2. Good discipline is usually positive rather than negative in nature. It involves students being interested and doing things that are constructive.
3. The most effective discipline results from regular preparation and interest on the part of the student and teacher.
4. Good discipline is always fair, reasonable, dignified and in good temper.
5. Courtesy should be practiced at all times by both teacher and student.
6. Not all students respond to positive discipline. Curbing or penalizing of some kind may be required in some instances in order to help correct discipline problems.
7. When a problem does arise, both teacher and student should work to settle it as promptly as possible. If necessary, the parents will meet for a joint teacher-student conference.
8. The teacher will first attempt to secure discipline on the part of his/her students, but if students fail to respond then they will be referred to the principal with all pertinent information.
9. When a student will not conform to reasonable standards of discipline or his presence is against the general welfare of other students, the principal may suspend a student for a period not to exceed 5 days.
10. All suspensions will be reported to the superintendent. Written notice will be sent to the parents. Both parents should appear for the reinstatement of the student. A student may be suspended permanently only by action of the Board of Education, following a hearing with the Board by the parents, student and principal.
11. Sexual Harassment: The district strictly prohibits any form of sexual harassment. Individuals who sexually harass others are subject to discipline by the school district.
12. Weapons: Possession of a dangerous weapon while under school jurisdiction is prohibited. Dangerous weapons shall include, but are not limited to: guns, knives or any other instrument or device that is defined as or held to be a dangerous weapon under the laws of the State of Kansas.
13. Use/Possession/Custody/Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, Fighting, Arson, Fireworks, Vandalism, Theft, Classroom Disruption, Insubordination, Forgery, Use of Tobacco, Profanity, and Showing of Affection--The preceding list of offenses are not acceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. Appropriate disciplinary measures will be followed depending on the severity of the offense and the number of occurrences. Each will be dealt with on an individual basis.
1. First Offense. A first time violator shall be subject to the following sanctions:
a. A punishment up to and including short-term suspension;
b. Other sanctions as provided for in board approved student and athletic handbooks.
2. Second Offense. A second time violator shall be subject to the following sanctions:
a. A punishment up to and including long-term suspension;
b. Other sanctions as stated in board approved student and athletic handbooks.
c. A student placed on long term suspension under this policy may be readmitted on a probationary status if the student agrees to complete a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
3. Third and Subsequent Offenses. A student who violates the terms of this policy for the third time, and any subsequent violations, shall be subject to the following sanctions:
a. A punishment up to and including expulsion from school for the remainder of
the school year;
b. Suspension from participation and attendance at all school activities for the
c. A student who is expelled from school under the terms of this policy may be
readmitted during the term of the expulsion only if the student has completed a
drug and alcohol education and rehabilitation program at an acceptable program.
Students who are suspended or expelled under the terms of this policy will be afforded the due process rights contained in board policies and Kansas statutes. Nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the ability of the district to take other disciplinary action against the student in accordance with other policies governing student discipline. In the event a student agrees to enter into and complete a drug education or rehabilitation program, the cost of such program shall be the responsibility of the student and his or her parents. Drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs are available for students of the district.
14. Disruptive Objects: These objects include disc players, gameboys, squirt guns and other items deemed disruptive by school employees. Possession of these items will result in confiscation of object by the teacher or the administration and possible discipline by the administration.
Students that bring cell phones to school must have them turned off and in their book bags. If a student does not place the phone on their book bag or if the phone vibrates or rings, the following will result:
1st Offense: Phone confiscated one day.
2nd Offense: Phone confiscated for the remainder of the school year and 2-90 minute detentions.
Students may arrive and enter the building no earlier than 7:35 a.m. and those students not directly under the supervision of an instructor should leave the building immediately following dismissal from class at 3:45 p.m. No students are to be in the building before or after school, nor at any other time without supervision.
Students should have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students must use appropriate language in all messages. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by teachers or the administration.
Any e-mail or computer application or information in district computers or computer systems is subject to monitoring by the staff and /or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. Students who violate these rules, or any other classroom rules relating to computer use are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.
It is the responsibility of the parents to determine whether or not to bring or send their children to school if severe weather conditions appear imminent. In the event of a storm after school is in session, school will be dismissed and buses will return the students home. This will be announced on KWLS/KGLS radio and a School Messenger phone message will be sent. If school is not to be in session, it will be announced over KWLS at approximately 7:00 a.m. as well as a School Messenger phone message.
The teachers need to know when a parent wants a child to stay in during recess periods following illness or injuries. A written excuse to the teacher must be sent before a child can stay in during recess.
Fire Drills will be held once each month for the entire school (K-12). Exit information will be posted in each classroom for students and teachers to follow. All students are to walk directly to their designated exit with the teacher. All windows and doors should be closed. Students will return to their classes after the drill has been completed.
Intruder drills will occur several times each year.
Tornado drills will occur three times each year.
K-6 Students will use the high school locker rooms. SIGNAL WILL BE INTERCOM.
Grading periods are in trimesters and are indicated on the school calendar. Grade cards will be issued at the end of each trimester. An "I" will indicate that work is incomplete and must be made up within two weeks of grade card issuance. If an incomplete is not made up by the allotted time, the student's grade will suffer.
In order for our students to learn to their potential, it is critical that daily assignments, projects, reports, and homework are completed and turned in on the due date. Most daily assignments and homework are due the next day. When a student is absent, they are given one day (for each day absent) to turn in your work. If a student has been absent due to illness, there will be a one day makeup for each day of illness. It is the responsibility of each student to complete an assignment on its due date.
School communication and student work will be sent home periodically. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher to clarify any questions that they might have. Teachers will likewise keep parents informed through written messages and/or telephone contacts about potential problems that may be developing.
Students will not be permitted to leave the school premises anytime during the school day, except for school-sponsored activities, unless a request is made in writing or in person by a parent. Parents must personally sign-out the student at the front office at the time they leave school.
1. The use of the library is for all students and teachers.
2. The library will be available for use any time the school building is open and supervised.
3. While using the library, students are not to visit or bother other library users. Food and candy are not to be eaten in the library.
4. Students disturbing others using the library will be denied the right to use the library except under direct supervision of a teacher.
5. Student assistant librarians may be available to help you locate materials.
6. Books may be checked out for two weeks.
7. Encyclopedias, reference materials and magazines may be checked out overnight or for a limited period of time.
8. Only librarians, teachers and student librarians will be allowed behind the check out counter.
9. Students who lose or otherwise fail to return library materials will pay for their replacement.
Most elementary grades have parties at the major holidays. Parents often assist with organization, refreshments and games. Treats may be sent to school for birthdays if arrangements are made with the teacher. Preschool children should not accompany parents to class parties. Invitations for personal parties and gifts for other students may be delivered at school as long as there is an invitation or gift for every student in the classroom.
Use good taste in choosing clothing for school wear. All students must wear appropriate clothing in the classroom and when representing Skyline at school functions. It is more important that clothes be neat and clean than expensive. Any manner of dress or hairstyle that is detrimental to the learning process will not be allowed. Tops which expose the bare midriff, bare shoulders, spaghetti straps, narrow shoulder straps, backless shirts or will not be acceptable. Shorts, skirts and dresses should reach mid-thigh. A good test to see if shorts, skirts and dresses are appropriate is this: with arms at side, the shorts are longer than fingertip reach. Except for special occasions, hats and caps will not be allowed in the school building from 7:35 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Students will need to leave hats and caps at home or place them in their backpack before entering the building.
All wraps, coats, overshoes, and other personal items that might be lost at school should have the child's name attached as a means of identifying the owner should the item become lost. This is especially important for the personal belongings of pupils in the primary grades. Any toys/electronics that cause a distraction from education are not allowed at school, this includes, but is not limited to radios, CD/MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, laser pens and toys are not allowed in school. Laser pens contain warnings stating that they are harmful if directed toward a person's eyes, therefore they will be confiscated.
1. No one may return to the building without permission from the playground supervisor.
2. No throwing rocks or snow.
3. No tackle football or other tackle games.
4. No piggyback or rooster-fight games.
5. Students may play on sidewalks leading to library, but must stay off grass.
6. Each class is to line up and wait for teachers signal before returning inside.
7. Bombardment and bombardment type games are not allowed.
8. Bats, balls and roller skate shoes should not be brought to school.
9. Students should not go into the parking lot without playground supervisors permission.
10. The tree row to the west of the playground is off limits.
11. No spitting on the playground.
12. Toys will not be permitted on the playground.
1. No sitting or standing on top.
1. Do not jump on or off while merry-go-round is moving.
1. Do not run up the ladder.
2. Go down one at a time.
3. Go down feet first only.
4. Do not climb up the slide portion of the slide.
5. Wait until the one ahead of you has left the slide before you start.
1. Do not bounce or rock animals to the ground.
2. Do not jerk on animal if someone is riding.
3. Be careful when mounting and dismounting.
4. Animals are to be used only by grades K-3.
1. Do not stand up and swing.
2. Do not swing crooked.
3. Do not jump out while swinging.
No special clothing (other than shoes) are required for P.E. in grades K-6. Physical education shoes for students need to have a rubber sole. Students should not wear their physical education shoes all day for two reasons. One is that shoes become soaked with perspiration during P.E. and need to be dried for proper hygiene. The other is the deep tread on some tennis shoes carry dirt and rocks into the building marring the floors. Other shoes with rubber cleats leave unsightly black marks when worn on tile floors. Shoes with deep grooves cannot be worn in the multipurpose area.
Since most of the elementary recesses are held outside, make sure your child has warm clothing to wear on cold or chilly days.
Students mature and develop at different rates physically and mentally. In some instances, it may be advisable to developmentally retain a student at a particular grade level to allow academic growth to occur. The normal grade level progression may be altered by retention when evidence of student performance and professional judgment indicates that doing so will benefit the student. Frequent communication between parents and the staff will occur prior to a retention decision. Teachers are expected to communicate the possibility of retention to the parent as soon as possible. It is recommended that this be done no later than the end of the first trimester.
Breakfast will be scheduled for students from 7:35-8:05. Students wishing to eat breakfast will pick up the food items from the serving line and eat them in the cafeteria. Food is not to be taken from this area. Payment for the breakfast will be arranged through the cafeteria. The price for K-4 students to eat breakfast is $2.10 cents and for 5-6 students the price is $2.15. Extra milk is .70 cents per carton.
Lunch will be scheduled for students on a staggered basis. Each teacher will explain these procedures to his/her students. The lunch period should be enjoyable and a time for relaxing. Those students not wishing to purchase a lunch at school may carry their lunch and must eat it in the cafeteria area. Payment for lunches will be arranged through the cafeteria.
After you have eaten, your teacher will instruct you when it is time to return to class. Please do not disturb those who are in class. Lunch prices for elementary (K-4) students will be $3.25 and (5-6) students will be $3.60, extra milk is .70 cents per carton. Afternoon milk for grades K-4 is also .70 cents per carton. Every student eating a school prepared lunch or purchasing milk must have a lunch card. Students who lose or deface their cards will have to purchase a new one prior to the start of the lunch period. The replacement cost will be $2.00.
The following rules apply to all students in the lunchroom. These rules are not conclusive. Failure to follow these rules will result in disciplinary action by the administration.
1) Stay in line prior to being served, no cuts.
2) No rude comments about the food to the lunchroom personnel.
3) Loud talking, yelling, pushing, fighting or other forms of disruptive behavior in the lunchroom are forbidden.
4) Students are expected to pick up all trash (napkins, cracker wrappers, milk cartons, straws, etc.) prior to leaving the lunchroom.
5) Eating utensils are to be returned in good condition. Students may be charged or disciplined for failure to do so.(Example: Bending or breaking utensils.)
6) No throwing of food, napkins, etc. in the lunchroom.
7) Candy and pop are not allowed in the lunchroom!
Skyline School utilizes an automated lunchroom accounting system which automatically deducts the amount owed for lunches and milk as students go through the lunch line. This automated system is designed to produce a payment reminder when a student's prepaid account gets low. Students eating a school prepared lunch must follow the procedures listed below.
1) Every student eating a school prepared lunch or purchasing milk must have a lunch card. Students who lose or deface their cards will have to purchase a new one prior to the start of the lunch period. The replacement cost will be $2.00.
2) Students are not allowed to charge lunches or use another student’s lunch card. Three separate warning statements are given to students as their account balance approaches zero. It is the students’ responsibility to take these statements home and bring payment when it is due.
Students who are kept after school for tardies, discipline reasons, or to make up work are the responsibility of the parents for their transportation home that evening. Parents need to make every effort to pick students up promptly!
Teachers are expected to maintain proper school atmosphere. This responsibility extends beyond their own classrooms and their particular assignment of pupils. Pupils who refuse to comply with reasonable requests of any teacher discharging this responsibility will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. A student is expected to give his own name if asked for by a teacher who is dealing with a problem situation.
Teacher requests must be submitted in writing/email to the principal before May 1. Only requests which state an educational reason for academic placement will be considered. Please remember that all requests will be considered but not guaranteed.
The telephone in the school offices are business phones and not intended for the pupils' use except for urgent reasons. The child must receive permission from the teacher, secretary, or principal before using the school phone. Parents telephoning the building should avoid calling teachers or pupils while classes are in session. Messages may be given to the secretary for delivery to teachers or pupils. Students will not be called out of class except in extreme emergencies.
Skyline Elementary school, Title I reading and math program is available to students in grades 1-6. This is a federally funded program whose objective is to enhance the reading and math performance of students displaying an educational need. Students enrolled in the Title I Reading and Math Program are selected through teacher referral and test results administered at the local level. Priority in selection is given to students demonstrating the greatest educational need. The Title I program supplements the regular classroom program. Parents will be kept informed as to the activities in which their child is involved as well as their level of progress. Parents are also encouraged to provide suggestions and other pertinent input to the Title I teacher and/or administrator when appropriate.
Whenever a student (required by law to attend school) is inexcusably absent from school on either three (3) consecutive days or five (5) or more days in a trimester or seven (7) or more days in any school year, he/she is to be considered truant. School officials are required by law to report such cases to the Social Rehabilitation Services or County Attorney.
It is hoped that parents will show interest in their children by visiting school. When visiting, parents should stay long enough to observe a variety of activities. A call to the teacher prior to the visit would be appreciated so the teacher can arrange and plan for a conference. It is preferred that preschool children not accompany parents to conferences. There are often requests that friends or relatives be allowed to accompany Skyline students to school. No children are allowed to visit unless accompanied by an adult or prior approval has been given by the teachers involved and the building principal.
Skyline Schools, USD#438, goal in providing Internet access is to promote educational excellence in the district by facilitating resource sharing, innovations, and communication. With access to computers and people from around the world, also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Users should be warned that some material obtained via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. The school has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials. An industrious user may discover controversial information, either by accident or deliberately. The school firmly believes, however, that the benefits to students from online access far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with its educational goals.
The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that use of Internet resources is consistent with the school's stated mission goals and objectives. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the students and faculty who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire. To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must have their Student Agendas signed by a parent or guardian. The signature is legally binding and indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands its significance.
1. Students are responsible for good behavior while they use the school computer networks. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
2. The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.
3. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege, not a right. That access entails responsibility.
4. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette and conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner while online.
5. Users are expected to follow the direction of staff members.
6. External storage media may be used, but students need approval before accessing such media on school computers.
7. All communication and information accessible via the computer resources shall be regarded as private property. However, administrators/staff who operate the system may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.
8. Any original materials created by students are owned by those students. Original material will not be posted on district or school Web sites without prior written permission of the student who created the work. The technology coordinator or Web master shall be in charge of monitoring permission to post copyrighted materials.
9. Users must respect all copyright laws that protect software owners, artists, and writers.
10. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems.
Unacceptable Uses Section
1. Users are not permitted to use the computing resources for commercial purposes, product advertising, political lobbying, or political campaigning.
2. Users are not permitted to transmit, receive, submit, or publish any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.
3. Physical or electronic tampering with computer resources is not permitted.
4. Attempts to log on to the Internet as anyone but one's self or any unauthorized access, including so-called hacking and other unlawful activities by minors online, is prohibited.
5. Attempt to circumvent the school's firewall and/or filtering program is prohibited.
6. Users may not question the authority of staff members if the users are directed to leave an Internet site.
7. Specifically, the following activities are not permitted:
a. downloading or uploading large files, such as photos, audio, or video
b. downloading or uploading any applications
c. using streaming audio or video
d. participating in chat rooms
e. participating in non-educational online games
f. using instant messaging or other personal e-mail
g. revealing personal information to unknown sources
h. cyberbullying in any way, shape, or form
i. any other use deemed inappropriate by staff members
Violations of any of the aforementioned uses will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, or possible expulsion.
Inappropriate use of the computers, the network, and/or Internet will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, or possible expulsion.
Unauthorized access on the network or Internet may result in cancellation of user privileges.
Any copyright violations may result in cancellation of privileges, as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Users are considered subject to all local, state, and federal laws.