Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Parent and Student Permission Letter
Christian County Public Schools
We are pleased to offer students of the Christian County Schools access to the district computer network and technology resources. To gain access to any technology resources, students must obtain parental or legal guardian permission, which must be signed and returned to the school.
See Forms on Technology Main Page
Access to technology resources, e-mail, and the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet might 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. To that end, the Christian County Public Schools support and respect each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for access.
District Network Rules
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege--not a right. Access entails responsibility.
Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, the district is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.
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 district servers, school servers, and or workstations will always be private.
Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored. During school, classroom teachers will guide them toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.
As outlined in board policy and procedures on curriculum and instruction and Telecommunication Devices (policy No 08.2323 & 09.4261) copies of which are available in school offices, students will NOT:
· Attempt to damage/alter/remove hardware/software/network files/computer systems or networks;
· Attempt to access another’s folders, work, or files;
· Attempt to gain unauthorized access to technology resources or waste technology resources;
· Copy/distribute software owned/licensed to any facility of the Christian County Board of Education;
· Attempt to transmit or receive materials in violation of federal or state laws or regulations pertaining to copyrighted, threatening or obscene language or materials, including sexually explicit materials;
· Attempt to violate confidentiality or privacy of another individual(This includes, but is not limited to, taking photographs, video, or audio recordings of others without the permission of the Principal/designee and the affected individual(s);
· Attempt to use CCBOE network for personal or commercial activities, product promotion, political lobbying, or illegal activities;
· Attempt to use unauthorized games, interactive messaging, or internet-based email accounts;
· Attempt to use unauthorized software products or Internet resources, which affect computer/network performance.
· Attempt to use any "hacking tools" that can be used for "computer hacking", as defined in the Kentucky Computer Crime Law, may not be possessed on school property, on any District premise, or run or loaded on any District system.
· Remove Assets Tags or name plates from technology equipment.
VIOLATIONS MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OF ACCESS AS WELL AS OTHER DISCIPLINARY AND/OR LEGAL ACTION:
Electronic Access/User Agreement Form
As a user of the Christian County School District’s computer network, I hereby agree to comply with the District’s Internet and electronic mail rules and to communicate over the network in a responsible manner while abiding by all relevant laws and restrictions. I further understand that violation of the regulations is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked and school disciplinary action and/or legal action may be taken.
PRIOR TO THE STUDENT’S BEING GRANTED INDEPENDENT ACCESS PRIVILEGES, THE FOLLOWING SECTION MUST BE COMPLETED FOR STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE:
As the parent or legal guardian of the student (under 18) signing above, I grant permission for my child to access networked computer services such as electronic mail and the Internet. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes; however, I also recognize that some materials on the Internet may be objectionable, and I accept responsibility for guidance of Internet use by setting and conveying standards for my child to follow when selecting, sharing, researching, or exploring electronic information and media.
Consent for Use
NOTE: FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE DISTRICT TO MONITOR ONLINE ACTIVITIES OF MINORS.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE EDUCATING MINORS ABOUT APPROPRIATE ONLINE BEHAVIOR, INCLUDING INTERACTING WITH OTHER INDIVIDUALS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES AND IN CHAT ROOMS AND CYBERBULLYING AWARENESS AND RESPONSE.