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815. ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

  1. Purpose

The Governor Mifflin School District provides its employees, students and guests (“users”) access to technology resources including, but not limited to, electronic communications systems, computers, computer networks, networked devices, hardware, software, internet access, mobile devices, peripherals, copiers and cameras.

The Board supports the use of the District’s technology resources to facilitate teaching and learning, to provide access to information, to aid in research and collaboration, to foster the educational mission of the District and to carry out the legitimate business and operation of the District.

The use of the District’s technology resources is for appropriate school-related educational and operational purposes and for the performance of job duties consistent with the educational mission of the District.  Use for educational purposes is defined as use that is consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities and developmental levels of students.  All use for any purpose must comply with this policy and all other applicable codes of conduct, policies, procedures and rules and must not cause damage to the District’s technology resources.

All employees and students are responsible for the appropriate and lawful use of the district’s technology resources.  This policy is intended to ensure that all users continue to enjoy access to the District’s technology resources and that such resources are utilized in an appropriate manner and for legitimate purposes.

  1. Authority

The District’s technology resources are the property of the District.  The District provides these resources for educational and operational purposes as stated herein and are not provided as a public access service or to provide a public forum.

The Superintendent or his/her designee is ultimately responsible for overseeing the District’s technology resources.  

The Superintendent or his/her designee will serve as the coordinator and supervisor of the District’s technology resources and networks, and who will work with other regional and state organizations as necessary to educate users, approve activities, provide leadership for all users in the use of the District’s technology resources and the requirements of this policy, and who will establish a system to ensure that users who access District technology resources abide by the terms of this policy.

The Superintendent or his/her designee is directed to implement Internet safety measures to effectively address the following, both through general policy and through the use of filtering technology:

  1. Access by minors to inappropriate or harmful content
  2. Safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and

      social networking

  1. Prevention of unauthorized access of District technology resources
  2. Prevention of unauthorized disclosure and dissemination of minors’

      personal information

  1. Definitions

District Technology Resources

District technology resources means all technology owned and/or operated by the District, including computers, projectors, televisions, video and sound systems, mobile devices, calculators, scanners, printers, cameras, portable hard drives, hardware, software, routers and networks, including the Internet.

User

User means anyone who utilizes or attempts to utilize District technology resources while on or off District property.  The term includes, but is not limited to, students, staff, parents and/or guardians, and any visitors to the District that may use District technology.

  1. Guidelines

Unauthorized Use Prohibited

Only users who have agreed to abide by the terms of this policy may utilize the District’s technology resources.  Unauthorized use, utilizing another user’s District account, or exceeding one’s authorization to use District technology resources is prohibited.

Use of Personal Electronic Devices

The use of personal electronic devices on the District network is permitted only on designated networks.  When a user connects a personal electronic device to a District network or District technology resources, this policy and its guidelines apply.  Users are subject to the same levels of monitoring and access as if a District-owned device were being utilized.  

Users who connect a personal electronic device to a District network explicitly waive any expectation of privacy in the content exchanged over the District technology resources.

Privacy

The District reserves the right to monitor any user’s utilization of District technology resources.  Users have no expectation of privacy while using District technology resources, whether on or off District property.  The District may monitor, inspect, copy and review any and all usage of District technology resources, including information transmitted and received via the Internet to ensure compliance with this and other District policies, and state and federal law.  All emails and messages, as well as any files stored on District technology resources may be inspected at any time, for any reason.

Children’s Internet

Internet Filtering and CIPA Compliance

Protection Act

47 U.S.C. §254

34 C.F.R. 54.520

The District utilizes content and message filters to prevent users from accessing material through District technology resources that has been determined to be obscene, offensive, pornographic, harmful to minors, or otherwise inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish a procedure for users to request that a legitimate website or educational resource not be blocked by the District’s filters for a bona fide educational purpose.

Child Internet

Protection Act

24 P.S. §4601 et seq

The Board directs that the Superintendent or his/her designee ensure that students at the elementary, middle school and high school levels are educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting via social networks and in chat rooms, cyber-bullying and disclosure of personal information.

Monitoring

District technology resources shall be periodically monitored to ensure compliance with this and other District policies, including monitoring of users’ online activities.  The network administrator designated by the Superintendent shall ensure that regular monitoring is completed pursuant to this section.  However, the Superintendent, or his/her designee, shall also implement procedures to ensure that District technology resources are not utilized to track the whereabouts or movements of individuals, and that remotely activated cameras and/or audio are not utilized except where necessary to recover lost or stolen District technology.

District-Provided Resources

District technology resources may be assigned or allocated to an individual user for his or her use (e.g. individual e-mail accounts, laptop computers, etc).  Despite being allocated to a particular user, the technology resources remain the property of the District and may be revoked, suspended or inspected at any time, to ensure compliance with this and other District policies.  

Users do not have an expectation of privacy in any District-provided resource or any of its contents.

General Prohibitions

The following uses of District technology resources are prohibited:

  1. Use of technology resources to violate the law, facilitate illegal activity or

       to encourage others to do so.

  1. Use of technology resources to violate any other District policy.
  2. Use of technology resources to engage in any intentional act which might

      threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person or persons

  1. Use of technology resources to cause, or threaten to cause harm to others or

     damage to their property

  1. Use of technology resources to bully, or to communicate terroristic threats,

     discriminatory remarks, or hate

  1. Use of technology resources to communicate words, photos, videos or other

     depictions that are obscene, indecent, vulgar, rude, profane, or that

     advocate illegal drug use

  1. Use of technology resources to create, access or to distribute obscene,

     profane, lewd, vulgar, pornographic, harassing or terroristic materials,

     firearms or drug paraphernalia

  1. Use of technology resources to attempt to interfere with or disrupt District

     technology systems, networks, services or equipment, including but not

     limited to the propagation of computer “viruses” and ‘worms,” Trojan

     Horse and trapdoor program codes

  1. Altering or attempting to alter other users’ or system files, system security

     software, system or component settings or the systems themselves,

     without authorization

  1. The attempted physical harm or attempted destruction of District

     technology resources

  1. Use of technology resources in a manner that jeopardizes the security of the

      District’s technology resources, or in a manner that attempts to

     circumvent any system security measures

  1. Use of technology resources to intentionally obtain or modify files,

     passwords and/or data belonging to other users or to the District

  1. Use that conceals or attempts to conceal a user’s identity, including the use

      of anonymizers or the impersonation of another user

  1. Unauthorized access, interference, possession or distribution of confidential

     or private information.

  1. Using technology resources to send any District information to another

     party, except in the ordinary course of business as necessary or

     appropriate for the advancement of the District’s business or educational

     interests.

  1. Use of technology resources to commit plagiarism

  1. Installing, loading or running software programs, applications or utilities

     not explicitly authorized by the District technology staff

  1. Installing unauthorized computer hardware, peripheral devices, network

     hardware or system hardware onto technology resources

  1. Copying District software without express authorization from a member of

     the District’s technology staff

  1. Use of technology resources for commercial purposes

  1. Use of technology resources for political lobbying or campaigning, not

     including student elections (e.g. student government, club officers,

     homecoming queen, etc)

  1. Use of District technology resources to connect to a non-District owned

     device to access an unfiltered and/or unmonitored internet connection

  1. The use of proxies or other means to bypass internet content filters and

     monitoring

  1. The use of technology resources to gamble
  2. Unauthorized access into a restricted system or changing settings or access

     rights to a restricted system or account

  1. The use of encryption software that has not been previously approved by

     the District

  1. Sending unsolicited mass-mail messages, also known as spam
  2. Scanning the District’s technology resources for security vulnerabilities

Consequences for Inappropriate Use of District Technology

Violations of this policy may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of a user’s right to access District technology resources.  Additionally, students may be subject to other forms of disciplinary actions for violations of this policy and/or local, state and/or federal law.  Further, District Employees who abuse District technology may be subject to additional discipline up to and including termination.

  1. Delegation of

Responsibility

The Superintendent shall develop procedures, in cooperation with the District technology staff, for the acceptable use of all District technology resources including, but not limited to:  software, hardware, electronic devices, servers and networks.

  1. Limitation of

Liability

The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing through its various technology resources.  The District is not responsible, and will not be responsible, for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries or services interruption.  Use of any information obtained through the District’s technology resources is at the user’s own risk.

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