FILE:  IFBGA

Cf:  EFA, EFB

 

COMPUTER ACCESS AND USE

 

 

INTERNET SAFETY

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall establish appropriate guidelines for accessing school system computers and related technologies and for exploring and using Internet resources within the School District to enhance learning and teaching activities.  Acceptable use of these resources shall be consistent with the philosophy, goals and objectives of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  Age and grade appropriate classroom instruction shall be provided regarding Internet and cell phone safety.  Such instruction shall be integrated into an existing course of study and shall include appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chatrooms and cyberbullying awareness and response, as well as areas of concern outlined in State and federal law.

 

In its continued efforts to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act, the Board shall adopt and enforce a policy of Internet safety that incorporates the use of computer-related technology or the use of Internet service provider technology designed to block or filter Internet access for minors and adults to certain visual depictions, including without limitation those that are obscene, child pornographic, or harmful to minors, including without limitation sites that are excessively violent, pervasively vulgar, or sexually harassing.  Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited.  Only authorized persons may disable for an adult user the blocking or filtering mechanism in order to enable Internet access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes, which shall include online services for legitimate scientific or educational purposes approved by the Board, or access to online services of a newspaper with a daily circulation of at least 1,000.

 

In addition to filtering requirements, the Board shall maintain regulations which:

 

 

Guidelines are provided so that Internet users are aware of the responsibilities they are about to assume.  Responsibilities include efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of network resources.  All users, including students, employees, or any other users of School Board computers, hardware, and Board network shall abide by all policies of the School Board and any applicable administrative regulations and procedures.

 

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  1. Acceptable Use - The purpose of the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to unique resources and opportunities for collaborative work.  Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S., state, local or School Board regulations shall be prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade institutions.  Use for product advertisement, political lobbying, or illegal activities shall be strictly prohibited.  Subscriptions to listservers, bulletin boards, and on-line services must be pre­-approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee.  In addition,

 

    1. All hardware and software purchased, installations, and downloads should be approved by the Technology Department.

    2. All technology hardware and software resources purchased by the School Board are the property of the Pointe Coupee Parish School System and are loaned to students and faculty for their permitted use.

    3. The computers and the network are NOT designed to be used as a radio or television for the classroom.  Any such use should be DIRECTLY related to instruction.  All streaming media not directly related to instruction shall be prohibited.

    4. The illegal installation of copyrighted software for use on district computers is prohibited.

    5. All users, including students and employees and any other users of School Board computers, hardware, and the Board network shall abide by policies of the School Board.

 

  1. Privileges - The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of those privileges and may result in disciplinary or legal action by the administration, faculty, staff, or Board Technology Committee.

  2. Network Etiquette - Users shall be expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

 

  1. Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  Any suspected security problem on the Internet shall be reported to the building technology coordinator or the principal, who shall then notify the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board Technology Department.  The problem shall not be demonstrated to other users.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems shall be denied access to the Internet.

  2. Vandalism - Vandalism shall result in cancellation of privileges and or other disciplinary actions.  Vandalism for purposes of this policy is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware or software data of the school system, another user, the Internet Service Provider, or any other networks that are connected to the Board’s network.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.  No software, programs, or files may be installed or downloaded by any user without the prior permission of the building technology coordinator, who must scan for appropriateness and viruses.

  3. Consequences of Misuse - School principals may suspend from school any student who accesses, sends, receives, or configures electronically any profane or language or pictures or violates the Code of Conduct for computer use, or any rules contained in the Acceptable Use Agreement.

  4. Bypassing Filters or Security Systems – Attempts to remove, modify, or bypass software and configurations installed to prevent access to pornographic material or other objectionable materials shall be prohibited.  Such violations shall result in cancellation of computer use privileges and appropriate disciplinary action.

  5. Monitoring – School Board employees shall be responsible for monitoring and reviewing student Internet and/or computer-related activities, including e-mail, routing of information, or visiting sites, etc., using the system’s network or any of its technology resources.  Other monitoring activities to limit student access to inappropriate Internet sites shall be employed by the School Board.

 

REGULATIONS

 

The use of the Internet, including the World Wide Web, in any Pointe Coupee Parish public school must be in support of education and academic research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  Neither the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board nor any of the schools shall be responsible for any financial obligations incurred by users of the Internet.

 

Users of school system computers, computer network, technology resources, and the Internet shall be held responsible for his/her actions and activities.  Unacceptable use shall result in appropriate disciplinary action, including school suspension or revoking of these privileges.  Regulations for participation by anyone on the system’s network shall include, but not be not be limited to, the following:

 

  1. Users must demonstrate honesty, integrity, and respect for others at all times.  Appropriate manners and language shall be required.

  2. Photographs, personal addresses, personal phone numbers, or last names may not be used by students on the Internet.

  3. The Board may provide e-mail accounts for its employees and does not warrant access to other e-mail services or messaging services (i.e. Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail).  Students may only use e-mail accounts that have been approved and provided by the Board.

 

  1. Using the network in ways that may disrupt the use of the network by other users (e.g. downloading huge files, sending mass e-mail messages, or installation of unapproved software) shall be prohibited.

  2. The network should be used only for research, information gathering, and academic practice directly related to school assignments and extracurricular projects supervised by school faulty.  A user shall not access any Internet resources or entities not previously authorized by the teacher.

  3. Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer, computing system, or network is prohibited.  Use of the network to damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited.

  4. Instant messaging between students shall not be allowed on the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board network.

  5. E-mail, chat, and instant messaging should be used for legitimate and responsible communication only.  Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, cursing, and other anti-social behaviors shall be prohibited on the network.

  6. Chat rooms may be used only with approval from the building level administrator and the guidance of the teacher for instructional activities.

  7. Use of the network to access or process pornographic, inappropriate materials, or files dangerous to any individual or group shall be prohibited.  Accessing information on manufacturing bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited.

  8. Transmission of any material that violates U.S. or state law shall be prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted software, music, videos, and other materials protected by trade institutions.

  9. Use of the system’s network for product advertisement, political lobbying, financial gain, or any illegal activity shall be strictly prohibited.

  10. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities shall be prohibited.  Students should access only those files that belong to them or which they have been granted permission to use by faculty.

  11. Invading the privacy of individuals shall be prohibited.

  12. Using the account or password of another user shall be prohibited.  Distribution of passwords by other than designated staff shall be strictly prohibited.

  13. Posting communications without the author’s consent shall be prohibited.

  14. Posting or sending anonymous messages shall be prohibited.

  15. Resources offered by the Internet and paid for by the Board may not be willfully wasted.

 

If a student has questions about whether a specific activity is permitted, he or she should ask a teacher or administrator.  If a student accidentally accesses inappropriate material, she or he should back out of that information at once.

 

Should a parent/guardian desire to prohibit their child’s access to the Internet, the responsibility rests on the parent/guardian to sign the Denial of Permission form provided in the student handbook.  The Denial of Permission form should be signed in the presence of the school administration and is required to be executed on an annual basis.  If the school does not receive a Denial of Permission form, parental permission to use the Internet will be assumed, and this permission includes access to the Internet and email system, permission to publish student work to classroom websites, and permission to have unidentified photos of the student published to classroom websites.

 

Adopted:  July 25, 1996 Revised:  July 22, 2010
Revised:  August, 1999 Revised:  March 22, 2012
Revised:  July, 2005 Revised:  January 24, 2013
Revised:  December, 2008  

 

 

Ref:    20 USC 7131 (Internet Safety)

47 USC 254 (Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA))

47 CFR 54.520 (Children's Internet Protection Act Certifications for Schools and Libraries)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:100.7, 17:280

Board minutes, 7-28-05, 7-22-10, 3-22-12, 1-24-13

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board