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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

Internet Use Disclaimer

Use of the Internet access provided by Fayette County School District, carries with it responsibilities and obligations as expressed in the Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (AUP). Access to the Internet brings the potential availability of material that may not be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Please note that some material obtained via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. The accuracy of websites can not be guaranteed.

Stringent measures have been implemented to restrict access to these controversial materials. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials. Industrious users may discover inappropriate information, either accidentally or deliberately.

Users (students, teachers, administrators, and staff) are required to acknowledge and agree to all AUP stipulations as a condition of system use and should be certified on the AUP by the user's signature. Users shall adhere to Copyright laws and website Terms of Use.

Teachers will:

1) Ensure that only students with valid, signed Internet permission forms, as found within the Pupil Responsibilities and Conduct Standards, are allowed access to any computer connected to the Internet.

2) Provide alternative assignments for students who do not have valid, signed Internet permission forms on file.

3) Monitor/supervise use of the Internet by being actively involved with the students when they are participating in online activities.

Realizing that websites are subject to change, teachers will review materials and sites that students will access to determine the appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed through those sites.

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

August 2010‐2011

The Fayette County Board of Education offers access to the Internet throughout the school

district with the use of computers. The term "computer" is intended to mean the computer with all its

accessories and peripherals used in connection with the computer such as, but not limited to, the

servers, backup drives, backup disk, network servers, communications servers, modems, Internet access

software, CD ROMS, CD drives, printers, software, stored data, computer hardware, E‐mail and all data

and programs used on the computers. All use of computers must be in support of education, research,

or business applications consistent with the purposes of the Board. This policy is designed to provide

guidelines for the use of the Internet and other electronic communications in classrooms, media

centers, computer labs, and schools in general. To gain access, each student must obtain parental

permission as verified by the signatures on the permission form.

While use of electronic communication and research is primarily instructional in nature to reach

an educational goal, some students may find ways to access other materials. Unfortunately, some of

the resources contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. Most

educators believe the benefits to students from access to the Internet and other electronic

communication exceeds the disadvantages. Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting

and conveying the standards their children should follow when using these resources. Therefore,

Fayette County School system respects each family's right to decide whether or not to permit their child

from using these resources.

User Rights

Students are responsible for appropriate behavior while using the Internet. Additionally,

students are responsible for their actions while using the equipment and the resources. Use is a

privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Vandalism of equipment or programs will result in

punishment as defined in the Code of Conduct. All users have certain privileges and rights.

Infringement of or disrespect to the rights of others may result in the loss of Internet privileges. These

rights include:

Privacy

‐All users have the right to privacy. However, if a user is believed to be in violation of the



guidelines, a system administrator may review communications to maintain system integrity and to

insure that students are using the system responsibly.

Safety

‐Any user who receives threatening or unwelcome communications should bring those to the



attention of a system administrator or teacher.

Intellectual Freedom‐

Any statement of personal belief is implicitly understood to be representative of



the author's individual point of view and not that of the school.

Inappropriate materials of language

‐No profane, abusive, or impolite language should be used to



communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behavior.

Equal Access

‐All users should be granted free and equal access to the Internet and other resources.



Exploration of the Internet is encouraged relative to the purposes of research and education. No single

user should monopolize the workstations connected to the Internet.

Use of Electronic Communication

‐Students and minors should not use electronic mail, chat rooms, and



other forms of direct electronic communications. Students will not use public email accounts for

accessing email on Fayette County School's network or the Internet. The exception for this is for

instructional purposes and only if properly supervised.

Illegal Activities

‐Students should not attempt to gain unauthorized access to Fayette County School's



network or Internet connection or to any other computer system through Fayette County School's

network or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another

person's account or access another person's files. Students should not make deliberate attempts to

disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.

Students should not use Fayette County School's network or Internet connection to engage in any other

illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity,

threatening the safety of a person, etc.

Respecting Resource Limits

‐Students should use the system only for educational and career



development activities and limited, high quality, self‐discovery activities. Students should not download

large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, students should download the file at a time when

the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to your

personal computer. Students should not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is

sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

Student Guidelines

1. BE PREPARED to be held accountable for your actions. Exemplary behavior is expected from

all users at all times.

2. DO notify an adult immediately if materials that violate the school Code of Conduct are

encountered.

3. DO NOT use a computer or the Internet to hurt, harass, attack, or harm other people or

their work.

4. DO NOT damage the computer or network in any way.

5. DO NOT degrade the performance of the network through the posting of electronic chain

letters or other useless information.

6. DO NOT use the Internet for illegal activities, i.e. threats, instructions on how to perform an

illegal act, child pornography, drug dealing, purchase of alcohol, gang activities, etc.

7. DO NOT install software or download unauthorized files, games, programs, or other

electronic media.

8. DO NOT violate copyright laws.

9. DO NOT view, send, or display obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, disrespectful,

threatening, or inflammatory language, messages, or pictures.

10. DO NOT share your password with another person.

11. DO NOT reveal the personal address or phone number or any other personal information of

yourself or anyone else.

12. DO NOT access other student's work, folders, or files.

13. DO NOT re‐post non‐academic personal communications without the original author's prior

consent.

Security

Fayette County Board of Education strives to help our students, administration, faculty, and staff

to protect their privacy while using the Internet and other types of electronic communications. The

Internet contains an enormous amount of information. It may also contain personal details about you

that you don't want everyone to know. For example, your real name (lots of people on the Internet do

not use their real names), street address, phone number, or e‐mail address. When you go online, sites

you visit may be gathering information about you without your knowledge.

The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our faculty,

staff, and students is of utmost importance to Fayette County Board of Education. The Board exercises

great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a

result, while the Board strives to protect the information of our employees and students, Fayette

County Schools and the Board of Education can not ensure or warrant the security of any information

you transmit to us or from online products or services. Employees and students do so at their own risk.

Once any of our schools receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our

system.

Technology Protection Measure

Fayette County provides a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet Access.

This device must protect against access by adults and protect students and minors against visual

depictions that are obscene, child pornography, and/or with respect to use of computers with Internet

access by students and minors, harmful to students and minors. Depictions that are deemed obscene,

pornographic, and harmful to students and minors shall be defined by Fayette County's Board of

Education when applicable. The technology protection measure may be disabled for adults engaged in

bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Currently, Fayette County School District has a CIPA compliant content filtering solution in place.

Fayette County Board of Education or representative is responsible for reviewing and maintaining this

technology protection measure. At any time the protection measure may be replaced if it is not

functioning properly or is determined not to protect our students and minors in a sufficient manner.

Please note that if you violate the terms of this policy, you may lose privileges or receive

punishment as defined in the Student Code of Conduct of Fayette County or receive a Discipline

Notification Form. It is your responsibility to read and ask questions about this policy.

Teachers of the Fayette County School District will plan an in‐class discussion of this Acceptable

Use Policy after students have had a chance to become familiar with it.

The Fayette County School District computers and network are intended to facilitate research, learning and enhanced classroom instruction. Personal use will be monitored and addressed.