District Policy 7540.03
Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety
7540.03 - STUDENT EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY
Technology has fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in society. As
a result, educators are continually adapting their means and methods of instruction, and the way they approach student learning,
to incorporate the vast, diverse, and unique resources available through the Internet. The Board provides Education Technology
so that students can acquire the skills and knowledge to learn effectively and live productively in a digital world. The Board of
Education provides students with access to the Internet for limited educational purposes only and utilizes online educational
services to enhance the instruction delivered to its students. The District’s Internet system does not serve as a public access
service or a public forum, and the Board imposes reasonable restrictions on its use consistent with its limited educational
This policy and its related administrative guidelines and the Student Code of Conduct govern students’ use of the District’s
personal communication devices (that is, according to Policy 5136, computers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cellular/mobile
telephones, smartphones, and any other web-enabled device), network, and Internet connection and online educational services
("Education Technology" or "Ed-Tech").
The due process rights of all users will be respected in the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the Education
Technology. Users have no right or expectation to privacy when using the Ed-Tech (including, but not limited to, privacy in the
content of their personal files, e-mails, and records of their online activity while on the network and Internet).
First, and foremost, the Board may not be able to technologically limit access, through its Education Technology, to only those
services and resources that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study and research related to the curriculum.
Unlike in the past when educators and community members had the opportunity to review and screen materials to assess their
appropriateness for supporting and enriching the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable selection criteria
(taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students who would
be exposed to them), access to the Internet, because it serves as a gateway to any publicly available file server in the world,
opens classrooms and students to electronic information resources that may not have been screened by educators for use by
students of various ages.
Pursuant to Federal law, the Board has implemented technology protection measures, which protect against (e.g., filter or block)
access to visual displays/depictions/materials that are obscene, constitute child pornography, and/or are harmful to minors, as
defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act. At the discretion of the Board or the Superintendent, the technology protection
measures may be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access. The
Board also utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and
other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. The technology protection measures may
not be disabled at any time that students may be using the Education Technology, if such disabling will cease to protect against
access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Any student who attempts to disable the
technology protection measures will be subject to discipline.
The Superintendent or Director of Technology may temporarily or permanently unblock access to websites or online educational
services containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been inappropriately blocked by the technology protection
measures. The determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate shall be based on the content of the material
and the intended use of the material, not on the protection actions of the technology protection measures.
Parents are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services and/or resources on the Internet that the
Board has not authorized for educational purposes. In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the
Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or
controversial. Parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when
using the Internet.
Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:
A. safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and
other forms of direct electronic communications
B. the dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable
C. the consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking", "harvesting",
"digital piracy", etc.), cyberbullying and other unlawful or inappropriate
activities by students online, and
D. unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information
Staff members shall provide instruction for their students regarding the appropriate use of technology and online safety and
security as specified above. Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online activities of students while at school.
Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about
this policy and its accompanying guidelines. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to
students in the appropriate use of the Education Technology. Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education
concerning appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat
rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a
written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.
Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Board's computers/network and the Internet just as they
are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events. Communications on the Internet
are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communication apply. The Board does not sanction any use of
the Education Technology that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying
Students shall not access social media for personal use from the District’s network, but shall be permitted to access social media
for educational use in accordance with their teacher’s approved plan for such use.
Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying guidelines may have their use privileges suspended or revoked, and
disciplinary action taken against them. Users of the Board's Education Technology are personally responsible and liable, both
civilly and criminally, for uses of the Ed-Tech not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying guidelines.
The Board designates the Superintendent and Director of Technology as the administrators responsible for initiating,
implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to students’ use of the District’s Education
P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)
47 C.F.R. 54.500-54.523
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