Device Usage Acknowledgement and Agreements
Please read all of the following policies and guidelines in regards to internet/network usage, device usage, and safety protocols for using technology at school and at home while students are enrolled in the Walker County School District.
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Walker County Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Students
Board Policy Code: IFBG
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Students Board Adoption Date: July 18, 2011

It is the belief of the Walker County Board of Education that the use of technology for the purpose of information acquisition, retrieval, manipulation, distribution and storage is an important part of ensuring all students graduate - ready for college, ready for work, ready for life! The Board further believes that a “technology rich” classroom can significantly enhance both the teaching and learning process. This technology includes computer hardware, software, local and wide area networks, and access to the Internet. Due to the complex nature of these systems and the magnitude of information available via the Internet, the Walker County Board of Education believes guidelines regarding acceptable use are warranted in order to serve the educational needs of students.

It shall be the policy of the Walker County Board of Education that the school system shall have in continuous operation, with respect to any computers belonging to the school having access to the Internet via the school district’s network:

1. A qualifying “technology protection measure,” as that term is defined in Section 1703(b)(1) of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000; and
2. Procedures or guidelines developed by the superintendent, administrators and/or other appropriate personnel which provide for monitoring the online activities of users and the use of the chosen technology protection measure to protect against access through such computers to visual depictions that are (i) obscene, (ii) child pornography, or (iii) harmful to minors, as those terms are defined in Section 1703(b)(1) and (2) of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000. Such procedures or guidelines shall be designed to:
a. Provide for monitoring the online activities of users to prevent, to the extent practicable,
access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and the World Wide Web;
b. Educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other
individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness
and response as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act;
c. Prevent unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unauthorized
activities by minors online;
d. Prevent the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification
information regarding minors; and
e. Restrict minors’ access to materials “harmful to minors,” as that term is defined in
Section 1703(b)(2) of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000.

The district’s technology resources are provided for educational purposes that promote and are consistent with the instructional goals of the Walker County School System. Use of computers and network resources outside the scope of this educational purpose is strictly prohibited. Students and employees accessing network services or any school computer shall comply with the district’s acceptable use guidelines. The district reserves the right to monitor, access, and disclose the contents of any user’s files, activities, or communications.

It must also be understood that the Internet is a global, fluid community, which remains largely unregulated. While it is an extremely valuable tool for educational research, there are sections that are not commensurate with community, school, or family standards. It is the belief of the Board that the Internet’s advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. The Walker County Board of Education will,
through its administrative staff, provide an Internet screening system which blocks access to a large percentage of inappropriate sites. It should not be assumed, however, that users are completely prevented from accessing inappropriate materials or from sending or receiving objectionable communications.

Additionally, access to the Internet and computer resources is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, users violating the Walker County Board of Education’s acceptable use policy shall be subject to revocation of these privileges and potential disciplinary action.

The Superintendent and the Superintendent’s appropriate designees shall have the ability to override any or all protection measures and waive portions of the Acceptable Use Policy as deemed necessary for accomplishing the mission of the Walker County School System.

Please read the following carefully. Violations of the Acceptable Use Guidelines may cause a student’s access privileges to be revoked, disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.

Any student who utilizes the computer lab(s) or any computer equipment at the school must be aware of certain policies for use of the equipment and/or facilities. Procedures are in place for the protection of students and equipment. Students will be held accountable for any violation of the following policies (as would be the case for any classroom disciplinary matter). A student and his/her parents will be responsible for damages and will be liable for costs incurred for investigation, service or repair.

Students are only allowed to utilize the computers and network to retrieve information and run specific software applications as directed by their teacher. Students are not permitted to explore the configuration of the computer, operating system or network, run programs not on the menu, or attempt to do anything they are not specifically authorized to do.

Students are responsible for ensuring that any computers or computing devices, diskettes, CDs, memory sticks, USB flash drives, or other forms of storage media that they bring in from outside the school are virus free and do not contain any unauthorized or inappropriate files.

In some situations, students may be permitted to connect to the district network via the secure wireless connection provided by the school system, but all access must be in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. Students are NOT permitted to use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal Wi-Fi accounts or by any manner other than connecting through the secure wireless connection provided by the school system.

Safety Issues:

1. Any on-line communication should always be at the direction and with the supervision of a teacher.
2. Never provide last name, address, telephone number, or school name online.
3. Never respond to, and always report to the teacher or parent, any messages that make you feel
uncomfortable or that are from an unknown origin.
4. Never send a photo of yourself or anyone else.
5. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you met on-line.
6. Never open attachments or files from unknown senders.
7. Always report to a teacher any inappropriate sites that you observe being accessed by another user
or that you browse to accidentally.




Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following:

1. Accessing, sending, creating or posting materials or communications that are:
a. Damaging to another person’s reputation,
b. Abusive,
c. Obscene,
d. Sexually oriented,
e. Threatening or demeaning to another person,
f. Contrary to the school’s policy on harassment,
g. Harassing, or
h. Illegal
2. Using the network for financial gain or advertising.
3. Posting or plagiarizing work created by another person without their consent.
4. Posting anonymous or forging electronic mail messages.
5. Attempting to read, alter, delete, or copy the electronic mail messages of other system users.
6. Giving out personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license or social
security numbers, bankcard or checking account information.
7. Using the school’s computer hardware or network for any illegal activity such as copying or
downloading copyrighted software, music or images, or violation of copyright laws.
8. Downloading, installing, or using games, music files, public domain, shareware or any
other unauthorized program on any school’s computer or computer system.
9. Purposely bringing on premises or infecting any school computer or network with a virus, trojan,
or program designed to damage, alter, destroy or provide access to unauthorized data or information.
10. Gaining access or attempting to access unauthorized or restricted network resources or the data
and documents of another person.
11. Using or attempting to use the password or account of another person or utilizing a computer while
logged on under another user’s account.
12. Using the school’s computers or network while access privileges have been suspended.
13. Using the school’s computer hardware, network, or Internet link in a manner that is inconsistent
with a teacher’s directions and generally accepted network etiquette.
14. Altering or attempting to alter the configuration of a computer, network electronics, the
operating system, or any of the software.
15. Attempting to vandalize, disconnect or disassemble any network or computer component.
16. Utilizing the computers and network to retrieve information or run software
applications not assigned by their teacher or inconsistent with school policy.
17. Providing another student with user account information or passwords.
18. Connecting to or installing any computer hardware, components, or software which are not
school system property to or in the district’s technology resources without prior approval
of the district technology supervisory personnel. Students may be permitted to connect
to the district network via the secure wireless connection provided by the school system,
but all access must be in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. Students are NOT
permitted to use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal
Wi-Fi accounts or by any manner other than connecting through the secure wireless connection
provided by the school system.
19. Bringing on premises any computer, disk or storage device that contains a software application
or utility that could be used to alter the configuration of the operating system or network equipment,
scan or probe the network, or provide access to unauthorized areas or data.
20. Downloading or accessing via e-mail or file sharing, any software or programs not
specifically authorized by Technology personnel.
21. Bypassing or attempting to circumvent network security, virus protection,
network filtering, or policies.
22. Possessing or accessing information on school property related to “Hacking”, or altering,
or bypassing network security or policies.
23. Participating on message boards without teacher direction, or in live chat using but
not limited to AIM, Yahoo, or MSN Messenger.
24. Students should follow the guidelines below when performing Internet searches.

Elementary:
Students in grades K-5 may visit sites pre-selected by a teacher and must be done with teacher supervision.
Middle:
Students in grades 6-8 may only perform Internet searches with teacher supervision.
High:
If students in grades 9-12 use any search engines other than a child-friendly search engine, they must use the advanced search page of internet search engines in order to develop more reliable, useful, and relevant search results.


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Walker County Schools Internet Safety Policy
Board Policy Code: IFBGE
Internet Safety Policy Board Adoption Date: July 18, 2011

Introduction
It is the policy of Walker County Schools to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Definitions
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.∗

Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Walker County Schools online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Walker County Schools staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet protection Act.

As required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, Walker County Schools will educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Information and Technology Supervisor or designated representatives.




CIPA Definitions of Terms
TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE.
The term ``technology protection measure'' means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

1. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
3. Harmful to minors.

HARMFUL TO MINORS.
The term ``harmful to minors'' means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT.
The terms ``sexual act'' and ``sexual contact'' have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

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Device Checkout Agreement
The equipment is, and at all time remains the property of Walker County School District of Walker County, Georgia, and is herewith lent to the student/borrower for educational purposes only. Students shall have no expectation of privacy with respect to the Chromebook and review materials therein at any time with or without notice.
Student/borrower may not deface, misuse, or destroy this property in any way. Inappropriate use of the device/machine may result in the student/borrower losing his/her right to use this educational tool. The equipment will be returned to the school when requested by the Walker County School District prior to the end of the school year or noted/announced by the School or Walker County School District. The District Property may be used by the student/borrower ONLY for non-commercial purposes, in accordance with the Walker County School District/s policies, rules, guidelines, and procedures as well as all local, state, and federal statutes.
Student/borrower may not install or use any software other than software owned or approved by the Walker County School District and made available to student/borrower in accordance with this receipt and agreement
One user account with specific privileges and capabilities has been set up on the Chromebook/device for the exclusive use of the student/borrower to which it has been assigned. The student/borrower agrees to make no attempts to change or allow others to change the privileges and capabilities of this user account. The student/borrower agrees to make no attempts to add, delete, access, or modify other user accounts on the Chromebook and on any school-owned computer.
The Walker County School District's network is provided for the academic use of all students and staff. The Student/Borrower agrees to take no action that would interfere with the efficient, academic use of the network.
Identification and inventory labels/tags have been placed on the Chromebook/device. These labels/tags are not to be removed or modified. If they become damaged of missing, contact tech support for replacements. Additional stickers, labels, tags, or markings, are not to be added to the Chromebook/device.
A Google/G-Suite Apps for Education account is available for each Student/Borrower to use for appropriate academic
communication with other students and staff members.
Georgia Law allows the Walker County School District to obtain reimbursement from, or on behalf of students/guardians of students for any damage to, loss of, or failure to return school property. The full cost of the Chromebook is $250.00. Student/Borrower acknowledges and agrees that his/her use of the Walker County District Property is a privilege and that by Student/Borrower's agreement to the terms hereof, Student/Borrower acknowledges his/her responsibility to protect and safeguard the Walker County District Property and to return the same in good condition and repair upon the request of the Walker County School District.
The Walker County School District reserves the right to charge the Student/Borrower/Parent/Guardians of said the full cost of repair or replacement of the Chromebook or accessories at any time, such as when damage occurs due to gross negligence or intentional misconduct as determined by the Walker County School District.
In the event the Chromebook/device or accessories are lost, stolen, or otherwise not returned to the Walker County School District, the Student/Borrower and Parents/Guardians may be billed a fine for the full cost of replacement of the Chromebook/device or accessories.
Students who violate any of the provisions of this computer loan agreement or any other school rules or policies applicable to the use of the Chromebooks will be subject to disciplinary action by the school and/or the Walker County School District.
I accept the terms and conditions and understand that my child must follow the guidelines and policies set forth by the Walker County School Board for the device checkout. I fully understand that if the device is damaged and or lost that I will incur all costs to fix or replace the device. *
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