CFCI Internet and Email Acceptable use Policy- Parent
Internet access and Electronic Mail (E-Mail) are routinely used by our staff to communicate with students and families at CFCI. All students (K-8) are assigned an email address that will be used to communicate digitally with his/her/their teacher. Additionally, we believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in school by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. To gain access to the Internet and email, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must sign the User Agreement and Parent Permission Form.
Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards. While our firewall blocks most questionable content and we are constantly making adjustments to protect our students, families should be warned that some material could contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people.
While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages; but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.
Students are responsible for good behavior on school devices just as they are in a classroom or school hallway. Communications on the internet are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
School devices and internet access are provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others within CFCI. Access to a school device is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege – not a right. Access entails responsibility.
Individual users of the CFCI devices are responsible for their behavior and communications on those devices. It is presumed that users will comply with CFCI standards and will honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, CFCI is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the internet.
Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on CFCI servers would be private.
Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored. During the traditional school day, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. During remote learning and during times outside of the traditional school day, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance, as they do with other information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio, and other media.
Students are permitted to access personal email accounts only for appropriate school related activities. School staff will monitor any such access to insure compliance with this rule.
Individual users of the Internet are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. The following are not permitted:
• Accessing any sites with adult content and/or discussions
• Sending e-mail that is offensive and/or inappropriate (if you have any doubts, let your teacher read first)
• Using computers in any way to cause problems for others. For example, Writing that is hurtful to others; deleting, destroying or changing the work of others; and/or anything that an adult has warned you about.
In the event a student engages in any of the above referenced activities, his/her access privileges will be revoked and other disciplinary measures may result.
• Student could lose computer privileges permanently for the rest of the year or for a period of time that the teacher or director determines the offense earns.
• Student will be financially responsible for any damages that they do to equipment, physically, or electronically.
Additionally, during the course of remote instruction, students may be placed in small groups for instruction. During this small group instruction, it will be possible for a non-student to be exposed to educational progress of students in the group. While this is not the expectation, it is a possibility.
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By typing my full name below, as the parent or legal guardian of the child mentioned above, I understand what is written above and give consent for my child to participate and use the digital tools at CFCI, including remote small group instruction, when appropriate.
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