MHASD Acceptable Use Policy

Book

Policy Manual

 

Section

Series 500 – Personnel

 

Title

INTERNET USE

 

Code

522.7

 

Status

Active

 

Adopted

April 4, 1978

 

Last Revised

June 18, 2018

 

The Mount Horeb Area School District Board of Education provides the technology and the access to information to students and staff members for educational and research purposes only. Providing internet access is an important part of preparing Mount Horeb Area School District students for the future. The District provides internet access from its network to District users. Users are defined as current Mount Horeb Area School District students, staff, board members, and guests.

Students and parents should be aware that some materials available on the internet could be objectionable, illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. While the District believes that the benefits to users from access to the internet outweighs the risk of access to such material, employer, parents, and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that a user should follow when using media and information sources.

The District shares responsibility for control over access of inappropriate internet materials. In light of that responsibility, the District utilizes hardware and software that is designed to filter and block inappropriate sites and high risk activities on District-provided devices on and off-campus. The District reserves the right to block sites that do not enhance classroom activities. This filtering will at a minimum meet the requirement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to provide protection from obscene, pornographic, and other materials considered harmful to minors.

Children’s Internet Protection Act Compliance

  1. Parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying standards that children should follow when using the internet.
  1. A K-12 objective is to educate students on safety and appropriate use for online activities.
  1. All MHASD staff shall strive to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the internet.
  1. Technology protection measures shall be used to block or filter access to inappropriate information on the internet or through other forms of electronic communications.

The use of filtering hardware and software is not infallible. Objectionable material may be accessed notwithstanding our efforts to block such content. The use of an internet filter does not diminish the user’s personal responsibility to use the network in conformance with the standards in this policy.

Users are responsible for the ethical and educational use of their own internet account. These accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purposes. Students, staff, and Board members will be educated about ethical use and informed of prohibited uses, including but not limited to the following:

  • Downloading, displaying, viewing, accessing or attempting to access, storing or transmitting any images, cartoons, messages or materials which are obscene or sexually explicit;
  • Downloading, displaying, viewing, accessing or attempting to access, storing or transmitting any images, cartoons, messages or material which that may be construed as threatening, harassing, offensive or intimidating to others based upon gender, race, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law;
  • Unreasonable personal use or personal use that interferes with the employee’s or other district user’s performance of his/her duties or which otherwise disrupts the operations of the district;
  • Use of the network for bullying, commercial, political or advocacy purposes;
  • Use which is illegal, including the violation of copyright or software licensing agreements, defamation, gambling and pornography laws;
  • Damaging any component of the District’s computer hardware or software; will not make deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance, equipment or software;
  • Intentionally wasting limited resources including access time, paper or occupying excessive file storage space and bandwidth;
  • Unauthorized accessing or attempting to access confidential District information, including personnel records, medical records and financial information pertaining to the district or any of its employees or students;
  • Unauthorized accessing or attempting to access another user’s password, data, messages or other electronic communication materials;
  • Posting private information about anyone, including but not limited to addresses, telephone numbers, identification numbers, account numbers, passwords or access codes.

Access to the network is a privilege, not a right. Violations may result in any or all of the following actions (interventions may not be progressive):

  1. Access restrictions to one or all of the following
    1. Network
    2. Email
    3. internet access
  2. Building Level Disciplinary Action
    1. User notification
    2. Conference with an administrator/principal
  3. District Level Disciplinary Action
    1. Expulsion (student user)
    2. Termination (staff user)

The District’s computer network is the sole property of the District. All electronic communications transmitted by, received from, or stored in the District’s network are owned by the District. Users should have no expectation of privacy with regard to the use of the District’s network or information, messages, files and other data stored on these systems. The District may access, search, monitor and/or disclose to appropriate authorities any communication at any time without prior notice being given. Nothing residing in the network system or files or the District’s e-mail system will be deemed personal, private or confidential.

If a user inadvertently becomes connected to a site that contains any material with prohibited content, the user must disconnect from that site immediately and inform a staff member or supervisor of the incident. All users are encouraged to report if another user is accessing or has accessed prohibited material.

Cross References

443.5 – STUDENT POSSESSION AND USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES