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5037 - Student Internet and Computer Access

5037 Student Internet and Computer Access


Students are expected to use computers and the Internet as an educational resource. The following procedures and guidelines govern the use of computers and the Internet at school.



I.              Student Expectations in the Use of the Internet

A.            Acceptable Use

1.            Students may use the Internet for appropriate educational purposes.


B.            Unacceptable Use

1.            Students shall not use school computers to access material that is obscene, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate for educational uses.

2.            Students shall not engage in any illegal or inappropriate activities on school computers, including the infringement of copyrighted material.

3.            Students shall not use school computers to participate in on-line auctions, on-line gaming or mp3 sharing systems.

4.            Students shall not disclose personal information, such as their names, school, addresses, or telephone numbers outside the school network.

5.            Students shall not use school computers for commercial advertising or political advocacy of any kind without the express written permission of the system administrator.

6.            Students shall not publish web pages that purport to represent the school district or the work of students at the school district without the express written permission of the system administrator.

7.            Students shall not erase, rename or make unusable anyone else’s computer files, programs or disks.

8.            Students shall not share their passwords with fellow students, school volunteers or any other individuals, and shall not use, or try to discover, another user’s password.

9.          Students shall not copy, change or transfer any software or documentation provided by the school district, teachers or another student without permission from the system administrator.

10.          Students shall not write, produce, generate, copy, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to damage or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s memory, file system, or software. 

11.          Students shall not configure or troubleshoot computers, networks, printers or other associated equipment, except as directed by personnel.

                        12.       Students shall not forge electronic mail messages or web pages.


II.            Enforcement

A.           Methods of Enforcement

1.            The district monitors all Internet communications, Internet usage and patterns of Internet usage.  Students have no right of privacy to any Internet communications or other electronic files.  The computer system is owned by the school district.  As with any school property, any electronic files on the system are subject to search at any time.

2.            The school district uses a technology protection measure that blocks access to some Internet sites that are not in accordance with the policy of the school district.  Standard use of the Internet utilizes a proxy server-based filter that screens for non-curriculum related pages.

3.            Due to the nature of filtering technology, the filter may at times filter pages that are appropriate for student research.  The system administrator may override the protection measure for the student to access a site with legitimate educational value that is wrongly blocked.

4.            The school district staff will monitor students' use of the Internet through direct supervision and by monitoring Internet use history to ensure enforcement of the policy.


B.           Consequences for Violation of this Policy

1.            Access to the school’s computer system and to the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Any violation of school policy and rules may result in:

a.            Loss of computer privileges;

b.            Short-term suspension;

c.            Long-term suspension or expulsion in accordance with the Nebraska Student Discipline Act; and

d.            Other discipline as administration deemss appropriate. 

2.            Students who use school computer systems without permission and for non-school purposes may be guilty of a criminal violation and may be prosecuted. 


III.Protection of Students


A.            Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

1.            The school will not allow companies to collect personal information from children under 13 for commercial purposes. The school will make reasonable efforts to disable advertising via technology. 

2.            This policy allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school’s use of student information is solely for education purposes.


B.            Education About Appropriate On-Line Behavior

1.            District staff will educate students about appropriate online behavior, both in specific computer usage units and in the general curriculum. 

2.            Staff will specifically educate students on

a.            Appropriate interactions with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms.

b.            Cyber-bullying awareness and response. 


3.            The District’s technology coordinator shall inform staff of this educational obligation and shall keep records of the instruction which occurs in compliance with this policy


Adopted on:                 10/10/2005


Revised on:                 11/17/2015


Reviewed on:              4/9/2012  

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