815. ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
Internet Filtering and CIPA Compliance
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.
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.
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 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.
The following uses of District technology resources are prohibited:
to encourage others to do so.
threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person or persons
damage to their property
discriminatory remarks, or hate
depictions that are obscene, indecent, vulgar, rude, profane, or that
advocate illegal drug use
profane, lewd, vulgar, pornographic, harassing or terroristic materials,
firearms or drug paraphernalia
technology systems, networks, services or equipment, including but not
limited to the propagation of computer “viruses” and ‘worms,” Trojan
Horse and trapdoor program codes
software, system or component settings or the systems themselves,
District’s technology resources, or in a manner that attempts to
circumvent any system security measures
passwords and/or data belonging to other users or to the District
of anonymizers or the impersonation of another user
or private information.
party, except in the ordinary course of business as necessary or
appropriate for the advancement of the District’s business or educational
not explicitly authorized by the District technology staff
hardware or system hardware onto technology resources
the District’s technology staff
including student elections (e.g. student government, club officers,
homecoming queen, etc)
device to access an unfiltered and/or unmonitored internet connection
rights to a restricted system or account
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.
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.
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.