EAST CENTRAL ISD
Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Responsible Use Agreement

Our staff and students use technology to learn. Technology is essential to facilitate the creative problem solving, information fluency, and collaboration that we see in today’s global economy. While we want our students to be active contributors in our connected world, we also want them to be safe, legal, and responsible. This Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) supports our vision of technology use and upholds in our users a strong sense of digital citizenship.

The school district will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. This policy applies to all East Central Independent School District (ECISD) computer networks (including the resources made available by them), and all devices connected to those networks.

Parents/Guardians/Guests who choose to photograph or video record ECISD school related events/activities and subsequently distribute or otherwise publish the photographs or video recording through any means, including but not limited to, CDs, Facebook, or YouTube, assume any and all potential risk in the event of any complaint from other students who may appear in the photographs or video recording and whose families do not wish for their student’s image to be distributed or otherwise published.

Responsible Use and Digital Citizenship

Respect Yourself: I will select online names that are appropriate, and I will be polite and use appropriate language/content in all online posts.

Protect Yourself: I will not publish personal details, contact details or a schedule of activities for myself or anyone else. I understand that unless otherwise authorized, I am the owner of my accounts, and I am responsible for all activity initiated by and/or performed under these accounts. I understand that it is my responsibility to appropriately secure my account credentials. I understand that I am responsible for maintaining and backing up all of my own data. If I am uncertain whether a specific computer activity is permitted or appropriate, I will ask a teacher/administrator before engaging in that activity.

Respect Others: I will not use technologies to bully or tease other people. I will not make audio or video recordings of students/employees without their prior permission. I understand that posing as someone else is forbidden and I will not pose as a user other than myself when online. I will not access, download, or modify accounts, files, or data belonging to others. I will be careful and aware when printing to avoid wasting resources and printing unnecessary items.

Protect Others: I will help maintain a safe computing environment by notifying appropriate campus officials of inappropriate behavior, vulnerabilities, risks, and breaches involving campus technology. Respect Intellectual Property: I will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media, etc. I will respect all copyrights. Protect Intellectual Property: I will request to use the software and media that others produce

General Policies

Government Laws

Technology is to be utilized in conformity with laws of the United States and the State of Texas. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Criminal Acts – These include, but are not limited to:
    • unauthorized tampering         • cyberstalking         • vandalism
    • harassing email                 • child pornography         • cyberbullying
  2. Libel Laws - You may not publicly defame people through published material.
  3. Copyright Violations - Copying, selling or distributing copyrighted material without the express written permission of the author or publisher (users should assume that all materials available on the Internet are protected by copyright), and/or engaging in plagiarism.

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

Many district locations offer the option of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). Check with your teacher as to whether BYOT is available at your campus.

Staff may use a personal device in place of (or along with) their district assigned devices if they choose.

Students may use a personal device in class for instructional use with teacher permission, under the following conditions:

I understand that I will only have access to the guest wireless service that the ECISD has provided. I understand that I will not have access to the wired network. I understand that my Internet will still be filtered by the ECISD content filter when I am connected to the guest wireless service. I understand that I will not be allowed to access the Internet via my personal data plan.

Mobile Device Policy

Students and staff should avoid adding or using their own personal user accounts (e.g. Apple ID, Google Play store ID) on district-owned mobile devices (e.g. iPad, Android). Exceptions are allowed only for specific administrative functions.

Account Management of Web-based Services

In accordance with our district mission, goals and our vision for technology our students require accounts in third party systems (e.g. GSuite for Education, Edmodo.com) that are managed by the ECISD. These accounts will be used at school for school related projects but may also be accessed outside of school and are essential to achieving instructional objectives. Instructional staff may also use other third party accounts (e.g. ClassDojo, Diigo.com, Evernote.com) within the vendor's terms of service, after obtaining District and campus principal support and providing written notification to parents. The use of these accounts will help our students to master effective and proper online communications as required in the PreK-12 Technology Applications Standards.

Electronic Media Guidelines for Communication with Students

Electronic media includes all forms of social media, such as text messaging, instant messaging, electronic mail, blogs, electronic forums, chatrooms, video-sharing sites, editorial comments posted on the Internet, and social networking sites. Electronic media also includes all forms of telecommunication, such as landlines, cell phones, and Web-based applications. In accordance with the administrative regulations, a certified or licensed employee may use electronic media to communicate with currently enrolled students about matters within the scope of the employee’s professional responsibilities. Campus and/or classroom web pages are the preferred means of student communication. If electronic media/communication tools are available, it is recommended they be used over other outside communication tools. Below are guidelines for the use of electronic media tools that are not within the scope of school district services.

Electronic Media

Examples

Guidelines

Social Networking

Facebook, Instagram, Google+, ...

ECISD students and employees should not "friend" each other or communicate on these sites.

One-way Communication

Twitter

Postings should be brief and professional. Students should follow the educator's posts. Educators should not follow students posts

Texting

(Requires campus administrator approval)

Changes in times, dates, bus schedules, programs, activities, etc.

Messages should be brief and professional.

Pertinent information only. Parents should be informed. This should not be a requirement as some students may not have access to texting or may be charged per text message.

As role models for the district’s students, employees are responsible for their public conduct even when they are not acting as district employees. Employees will be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct.

Web Publishing Policy

Students publishing on a district or school website will do so under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher or school administrator. Supervising teachers and administrators will be held responsible for ensuring students are aware of all web publishing policies that are located in the district employee handbook. Supervising teachers and administrators are responsible for all material students post to a district or school sponsored website.

Disclaimer of Liability

East Central ISD shall not be liable for the user’s inappropriate use of the District’s technology resources or violations of copyright restrictions, users’ mistakes or negligence, or cost incurred by users. ECISD shall not be responsible for ensuring accuracy or usability of any information found on the Internet.

Data contained in the ECISD technology resource systems remain the property of East Central Independent School District. Electronic mail transmissions and other use of ECISD technology resource systems including Internet access and data storage shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored by authorized individuals at any time to ensure appropriate use for educational purposes.

Consequences

I understand and will abide by this Responsible Use Agreement. If I break this agreement, the consequences could include suspension of my accounts and network access. In addition I could face disciplinary/legal action including but not limited to: criminal prosecution and/or penalty under appropriate state and federal laws.

The following actions are not permitted and could result in the consequences outlined above:

The Director of Technology Operations and the campus principal will deem what is considered to be inappropriate use of the ECISD computer network. They may suspend an account or network access at any time. In addition, the administration, faculty, and staff of the ECISD may request that a user’s account be suspended or denied at any time.

Note: This document takes effect on the first day of school. All users will be expected to adhere to the provisions outlined within it.

Revised May 2018