GREAT SALT BAY PERMISSIONS FORM

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STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE
Great Salt Bay School provides computers, networks and Internet access to
support the educational mission of the school and to enhance the curriculum
and learning opportunities for students and school staff. The board believes
that the resources available through the Internet are of significant value
in the learning process and preparing students for future success. At the
same time, the unregulated availability of information and communication
on the Internet requires that schools establish reasonable controls for lawful,
efficient and appropriate use of this technology.

Student use of school computers, networks and Internet services is a
privilege not a right. Students are required to comply with this policy and
the accompanying rules. Students who violate the policy and/or rules may
have their computer privileges revoked and may also be subject to further
disciplinary and/or legal action.

All Great Salt Bay School computers remain under the control, custody
and supervision of the school unit. The school unit reserves the right to
monitor all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no
expectation of privacy in their use of school computers.

While reasonable precautions will be taken to supervise student use
of the Internet, the Great Salt Bay School cannot reasonably prevent
all inappropriate uses, including access to objectionable materials and
communication with persons outside of the school, in violation of board
policies/procedures and school rules. The school unit is not responsible
for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the
Internet.

Before a student is allowed to use school computers and Internet services,
the student and the student’s parent/guardian must sign and return the
Computer/Internet Access Acknowledgement. The signed acknowledgement
will be retained by the school.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation
of this policy and the accompanying rules and for advising the board of
the need for any future amendments or revisions to the policy/rules. The
Superintendent may develop additional administrative procedures/rules
governing the day-to-day management and operations of the school unit’s
computer system as long as they are consistent with the board’s policy/
rules. The Superintendent may delegate specific responsibilities to building
principals and others as he/she deems appropriate.

STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET RULES

These rules implement board policy - Student Computer and Internet
Use. The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples
of prohibited uses but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited
activities by users. Failure to comply with board policy and these
rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges,
disciplinary action and/or legal action.

A. Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right
Student use of the school unit’s computers, networks and Internet
services is a privilege, not a right. Unacceptable use/activity may
result in suspension or cancellation of privileges as well as additional
disciplinary and/or legal action. The building principal shall have final
authority to decide whether a student’s privileges will be denied or
revoked.

B. Acceptable Use
Student access to the school unit’s computer, networks and Internet
services are provided for educational purposes and research
consistent with the school unit’s educational mission, curriculum and
instructional goals.
The same rules and expectations govern student use of computers as
apply to other student conduct and communications.
Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all
specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff
member/volunteer when accessing the school unit’s computers,
networks and Internet services.

C. Prohibited Use
The user is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving
school unit computers, networks and Internet services and for his/
her computer files, passwords and accounts. Examples of
unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include but are not
limited to the following:

Accessing Inappropriate Materials - Accessing, submitting,
posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying
materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually
explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing
and/or illegal;

Illegal Activities - Using the school unit’s computers, networks and
Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that violates other
board policies, procedures and/or school rules;

Violating Copyrights - Copying or downloading copyrighted
materials without the owner’s permission;

Plagiarism - Representing as one’s own work any materials
obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.). When
Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and
Web site must be identified;

Copying Software - Copying or downloading software without the
express authorization of the system administrator;

Non-School-Related Uses - Using the school unit’s computers,
networks and Internet services for non-school-related purposes
such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation
purposes, or for any other personal use;

Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access - Sharing passwords, using
other users’ passwords without permission and/or accessing other users’
accounts;

Malicious Use/Vandalism - Any malicious use, disruption, or harm to
the school unit’s computers, networks and Internet services, including but
not limited to hacking activities and creation/downloading of computer
viruses; and

Unauthorized Access to Chat Rooms/News Groups - Accessing chat
rooms or news groups without specific authorization from the supervising
teacher.

D. No Expectation of Privacy
The school unit retains control, custody and supervision of all computers,
networks and Internet services owned or leased by the school unit. The
school unit reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity
by students. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of
school computers, including e-mail and stored files.

E. Compensation for Losses, Costs and/or Damages
The student and/or the student’s parent/guardian shall be responsible for
compensating the school unit for any losses, costs or damages incurred by
the school unit related to violations of policy and/or these rules, including
investigation of violations.

F. School Unit Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs or
Illegal Use
The school unit assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges
made by students including but not limited to credit card charges, long
distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal
use of its computers such as copyright violations.

G. Student Security
A student shall not reveal his/her full name, address or telephone number
on the Internet without prior permission from a supervising teacher.
Students should never meet people they have contacted through the
Internet without parental permission. Students should inform their
supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are
dangerous, inappropriate or make them uncomfortable in any way.

H. System Security
The security of the school unit’s computers, networks and Internet
services is a high priority. Any user who identifies a security problem
must notify the system administrator. The user shall not demonstrate
the problem to others. Any user who attempts or causes a breach of
system security shall have his/her privileges revoked and may be subject
to additional disciplinary and/or legal action.

I. Parental Permission Required
Students and their parent/guardian are required to sign and return the
Computer/Internet Access Acknowledge Form before being allowed to use
school computers.

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