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Acalanes Union HSD |  AR  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians, shall receive a copy of the district's policy and administrative regulation regarding access by students to the Internet and on-line sites. (Education Code 48980)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technological resources and may establish guidelines and limits on their use. He/she shall ensure that all students using these resources receive training in their proper use.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 4131- Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

(cf. 6162.7 - Use of Technology in Instruction)

On-Line/Internet Services: User Obligations and Responsibilities

Students are authorized to use the district's on-line services in accordance with user obligations and responsibilities specified below and in accordance with Board policy and the district's Responsible Use Agreement.

1. The student in whose name an on-line services account is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Users shall keep personal account numbers, home addresses and telephone numbers private. They shall use the system only under their own account number.

Unless otherwise instructed by school personnel, students shall not disclose, use or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using electronic mail, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication. Students are also cautioned not to disclose such information by other means to individuals located through the Internet without the permission of their parents/guardians.

Personal information includes the student's full name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other individually identifiable information.

2. The district's system shall be used only for purposes related to education. Commercial, political and/or personal use unrelated to an educational purpose is strictly prohibited.

3. The district reserves the right to monitor any on-line communications for improper use. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user's account, may be monitored or read by district officials.

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

4. The use of the district's system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of those privileges.

5. Students are prohibited from accessing, posting, submitting, publishing or displaying harmful matter or material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or political beliefs.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

Harmful matter includes matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest and is matter which depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. (Penal Code 313)

6. Users shall not use the system to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, nor shall they promote unethical practices or any activity prohibited by law or district policy.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 5121.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

7. Students shall not use the system to engage in commercial or non-profit activities that are unrelated to the instructional program.

8. Students shall not use the system to threaten, intimidate, harass, bully or ridicule other students or staff.

9. Copyrighted material may not be placed on the system without the author's permission. Users may download copyrighted material for their own use only.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

10. Vandalism will result in the cancellation of user privileges. Vandalism includes the intentional uploading, downloading or creating computer viruses and/or any malicious attempt to harm or destroy district equipment or materials or the data of any other user, including so-called "hacking."

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

11. Users shall not read other users' mail or files; they shall not attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic mail, nor shall they attempt to delete, copy, modify or forge other users' mail.

12. Users shall report any security problem or misuse of the services to the teacher or principal.

The district reserves the right to monitor use of the district's systems for improper use without advance notice or consent. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the district for the purpose of ensuring proper use.

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

Whenever a student is found to have violated Board policy, administrative regulation, or the district's Responsible Use Agreement, the principal or designee may cancel or limit a student's user privileges or increase supervision of the student's use of the district's technological resources, as appropriate. Inappropriate use may also result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy.

The principal or designee shall make all decisions regarding whether a user has violated these regulations and may deny, revoke or suspend a user's access at any time. The decision of the principal or designee shall be final.


approved: July 7, 1998 Lafayette, California

revised: April 16, 2008

revised: June 6, 2012