Technology Use Form
Use of Technology in the Osage School District Because technology is a vital part of the school district curriculum, the internet will be made available to employees and students. Appropriate and equitable use of the internet will allow employees and students to access resources unavailable through traditional means.The school district will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms. Students will also be educated on cyber bullying, including awareness, response, and consequences.Parents will be required to sign a permission form to allow their students to access the internet and to show that they, along with their student, fully understand the Internet Acceptable Use policy, expectations, regulations, and consequences of not following the established guidelines. Students will be expected to abide by the following network etiquette:• The use of the network is a privilege and may be taken away for violation of Board Policy or regulations. As a user of the Internet, students may be allowed access to other networks. Each network may have its own set of policies and procedures. Students will abide by the policies and procedures of these other networks.• Students will respect all copyright and license agreements. Materials on the Internet should be used with caution since they may, and likely are, copyrighted. Proper attribution (author, title, publisher, place and date of publication) should always be given.) Students will comply with legal restrictions regarding plagiarism and citation of information resources.• Students are not to download or install any information, files, text, pictures, or programs from the Internet or any other source without teacher approval. • Students will not engage in any dialogue that includes material which is obscene, libelous, indecent, vulgar, profane, or lewd; advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law; constitutes insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injures or harasses others; or because of its content or the manner it is distributed, will cause a substantial disruption to the proper and orderly operation of the school or school activities.• If a student gains access to any service via the Internet which has a cost involved or if a student incurs other types of costs, the student accessing such a service will be responsible for payment.• Students are not to use school equipment for non-academic purposes (games, downloads, chat rooms, instant messaging, viewing websites not related to the assignment, DVD’s, music, screen savers or backdrops, etc.) without the permission of the teacher.• Students will safeguard and not share their personal information (e.g. name, address, phone number, photo, ,etc.) on the Internet.• Students will not change or attempt to change the configuration of software or hardware.• Students will use only his/her own accounts and passwords. Students further agree not to give their account information to other students. Students will abstain from accessing, changing, or deleting files belonging to others. Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic messages is prohibited. Also: Students will not post anonymous messages; they will always sign messages.• Students will refrain from using offensive, threatening, embarrassing, insulting, obscene, or harassing language. Harassment will not be tolerated.• Information may not be posted if it: violates the privacy of others, jeopardizes the health and safety of students, is obscene or libelous, causes disruption of school activities, plagiarizes the work of others, is a commercial advertisement, or is not approved by the teacher.• Users are responsible for reporting any inappropriate material they receive.• All student-produced web pages are subject to approval and on-going review by responsible teachers and the principal. • Users are prohibited from viewing, sending, or accessing illegal material. • Sending out jokes, stories, etc. that have no educational value is prohibited.• Students witnessing any other person accessing prohibited resources or sites should immediately inform the teacher or building g principal. • Students are prohibited from performing acts of vandalism. (Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm or destroy data or equipment of another person’s.)• If a student uses personally owned electronic devices, they must still follow the guidelines stated in this document while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored activity.• Understand that all communications and information accessible via the district’s network is property of the Osage Community School District and are subject to public information request.Failure to abide by the above guidelines will result in the student losing the privilege of using the Internet and other resources.Consequences Students who misuse technology, access restricted material, bully others, or do not follow the Internet acceptable use policy, expectations, and regulations established by the school district shall be disciplined using the following consequences:First Offense: The student may lose Internet access and computer privileges for up to three weeks (or longer if administration feels the action warrants stiffer penalties).Second Offense: The student will lose Internet access and computer privileges for a minimum of three weeks (or longer if administration feels the action warrants stiffer penalties).Third Offense: The student will forfeit all Internet and computer privileges for the remainder of the school year.NOTE: Improper or unethical use of computers, other technology devices, and the Internet may result in disciplinary actions. Student actions not in compliance with the district’s appropriate use policy, expectations, and regulations could result in: user account to technology services restricted or revoked, restitution of costs, detention, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, loss of credit, removal from a class, alternate setting, expulsion, or criminal charges filed. If any misbehavior is a criminal act, the school district will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in any investigation concerning or relating to misuse of our systems, network, and technology devices.
Acknowledgements (In order for the student to be given access to the Internet, the student and their parent must be willing to accept the terms and responsibilities in this document.)
I acknowledge that I understand the expectations for using the Internet and other related technologies as described in this document. I further understand that I will face consequences if I break the expectations, policies, regulations, and expected behavior.
I acknowledge that I will do my best to make sure my student follows the expected appropriate behavior listed on this document. I further understand that my student will face consequences if (s)he does not follow the expectations, policies, regulations, and expected behavior.
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Student's First Name
By signing this Electronic Signature Acknowledgment Form, I agree that my electronic signature is the legally binding equivalent to my handwritten signature. Whenever I execute an electronic signature, it has the same validity and meaning as my handwritten signature. I will not, at any time in the future, repudiate the meaning of my electronic signature or claim that my electronic signature is not legally binding.
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