IV.† Instruction ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† (formerly #5148)
††††††††††† B.† Instructional Resources and Materials
††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.† Computer Use and Access to the Internet
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.†††††††† Computer Network Acceptable Use
The purpose of this document is to establish a policy for the acceptable use of the computer network as a tool for learning in the school system of Narragansett, Rhode Island.† In summary, the policy affirms that neither employees nor students may use the computer network to do any action or receive and/or communicate any language that the employee or student could not do in person.† Any act or work prohibited by federal, state, and/or local law including NSS is forbidden by this policy.† Additionally, the policy reflects that there is no expectation of privacy in the use of email or Internet communications when such communications occur over NSS provided equipment by NSS employees, student, or others.
Internet access is widely available to students and teachers in the school system.† Before access may be obtained, the attached documents must be read carefully and the consent form must be signed and returned to the school.
We are pleased to bring this access to the school system and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers.† Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in our schools by facilitating resources sharing, innovation, and communication, thus augmenting the existing curriculum resources.†
The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards children should follow when using these resources.† It is our expectation that students will access the Internet only as directed by NSS teachers.† Parents/guardians should discuss these guidelines with their child.
Computer Network Acceptable Use:
a. Misusing copyrighted materials, software, sound recordings, or images.
b. Harassment of any sort (harassment as defined by established school system policy, local, state, and federal law).
d. Accessing sexually explicit or objectionable materials.
e. Disseminating destructive/disruptive material.
f. Advertising or other commercial activities unless approved by school administration.
g. Downloading non-educational files.
h. Violating the privacy of other users.
i. Unauthorized use of the schoolís name.
j. Distributing personal information such as name, address, and telephone numbers of any students or staff.
k. Damaging computer equipment, software, or network data.
l. Using obscene or inappropriate language, messages, or pictures in any format.
m. Wasting or inappropriate use of limited resources.
a. Impersonating other individuals in communication.
b. Attempting to capture or break encryption or passwords.
c. Destroying or altering data or programs belonging to others.
a. Observing basic rules of courtesy at all times.
b. Helping maintain and sharing the use of the computer network system.
c. Discussing, with school staff, any ethical questions that arise.†††††††††††††††††††
d. Complying with the intended use of the system.
e. Assuring proper use of the system resources.
f. Assuring fair access to work stations.
g. Protecting school computers and network systems.
1. Violation(s) of any of the above policy or rules shall result in loss of access.
2. Additional disciplinary action may be determined by the school staff in accordance with existing school district policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, including financial restitution.
3. When applicable, law enforcement agencies will be notified and involved.
1st Reading:††††† February 12, 1997
Adopted:† ††††††† March 19, 1997
††††††††††† 1st Reading: †July 19, 2006††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Narragansett School System
††††††††††† 2nd Reading: August 23, 2006†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Narragansett, Rhode Island