4526 - Acceptable Use of Computers and the Internet


Adoption Date: 7/10/2000, Revised: 5/10/2012; 12/11/2014, 8/11/2016 
4000 - Instruction

4526 Acceptable Use of Computers and the Internet

The Board of Education is committed to optimizing student learning and teaching. The Board considers student and staff access to a computer network, including the Internet, to be a powerful and valuable educational and research tool, and encourages the use of computers and computer-related technology in the District for the purpose of advancing and promoting learning and teaching.

The computer network can provide a forum for learning various software applications and through online databases, bulletin boards and electronic mail, can significantly enhance educational experiences and provide statewide, national and global communication opportunities for staff and students.

All users of the District’s computer network and the Internet must understand that use is a privilege, not a right, and that use entails responsibility. The District reserves the right to control access to the Internet for all users of its computers and network. The District may either allow or prohibit certain kinds of online activity, or access to specific websites.

Students shall be authorized to use the Internet facilities and connections for study, research and communications related to their assigned course work and approved co-curricular activities.

Members of the staff shall be authorized to use the Internet facilities and connections for instruction, professional development, training and for research and communications related to curriculum, approved co-curricular activities, or for other purposes in their assigned areas of responsibility. All staff members using the Internet facilities and connections shall be required to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA).

Regulations and handbooks, to be developed by the Superintendent (or designee) in consultation with appropriate staff, will provide specific guidance on this, as well as rules governing the use and security of the District’s computer network. All users of the District’s computer network and equipment shall comply with this policy and regulation. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action as well as suspension and/or revocation of computer access privileges.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for designating a computer network coordinator to oversee the use of District computer resources. The computer coordinator will prepare in-service programs for the training and development of District staff in computer skills, and for the incorporation of computer use in appropriate subject areas.

With increased concern about identity theft, unwarranted invasion of privacy and the need to protect personally identifiable information, prior to students being directed by staff to use any cloud-based educational software/application, staff must get approval from the Director of Computer Services as District Network Coordinator. The Director of Computer Services will determine if a formal contract is required or if the terms of service are sufficient to address privacy and security requirements, and if parental permission is needed.

The Superintendent, working in conjunction with the designated purchasing agent for the District, the Director of Computer Services and the instructional materials planning committee, will be responsible for the purchase and distribution of computer software and hardware throughout District schools. They shall prepare and submit for the Board’s approval a comprehensive multi-year technology plan, which shall be revised as necessary to reflect changing technology and/or District needs.

Policy Cross References:
 » 4526.1 - Internet Safety
 » 5300 - Code of Conduct
 » 5695 - Students and Personal Electronic Devices