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Atascadero Unified School District

NETWORKED INFORMATION RESOURCES

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR STAFF

Network access to the Internet and e-mail is available to students and staff in our District who qualify as a result of participating in an orientation or training course.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual users. Students and teachers have access to

• electronic mail communication with people all over the world;

• information, news, and research institutions;

• public domain and shareware software of all types;

• access to many university library catalogs, the Library of Congress, and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).

The Atascadero Unified School District strongly believes in the educational value of Internet resources and e-mail. Our goal in providing this access is to support our curriculum and student learning by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. With the spread of telecommunications throughout the modern work place, the District recognizes that employees will shift the ways they share ideas, transmit information, and contact others. As staff members are connected to the global community, their use of new tools and systems brings new responsibilities as well as opportunities.

As access is provided, the District expects that all employees will learn to use electronic mail and telecommunications tools and apply them daily in appropriate ways to the performance of tasks associated with their positions and assignments.

It is also expected that as teachers are trained, they will begin incorporating appropriate uses of electronic resources into the curriculum. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the potential for access to material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or offensive to some people. The District has taken steps to restrict access to inappropriate resources. However, on a global network it is impossible to effectively control student access to material. The primary responsibility for access will rest with the student. As a teacher, you will have responsibilities for appropriate supervision and instruction on acceptable use when using the Internet with your students.

The Network Supervisor will report inappropriate behaviors to the employee's supervisor who will take appropriate disciplinary action. Any other reports of inappropriate behavior, violations, or complaints will be routed to the employee's supervisor for appropriate action. Violations may result in a loss of access and/or disciplinary action. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Personal Responsibility

When using the District network, you are a representative of the District. Communications over the network are often public in nature therefore general rules and standards for professional behavior and communications apply. Misuse of the computer network should be reported to your site administrator and the District Technology Services Department.

Acceptable Use

The network is provided to staff to conduct research and communicate with others. Personal use by staff will be allowed outside of work hours as long as it does not interfere with school-related use of the network and conforms to the district acceptable use policy. The following behaviors are not permitted on district networks:

1. Sharing confidential information on students or employees

2. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures

3. Assisting in a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition

4. Using obscene language

5. Harassing, insulting or attacking others

6. Behavior that might damage computers, computer systems, computer networks, or data (For example, loading files that may introduce a virus)

7. Loading software downloaded from the Internet on district computers without permission of the District Technology Services Department

8. Violating copyright laws

9. Using others' passwords or sharing an individual's password

10. Trespassing in others' folders, work or files

11. Intentionally wasting limited network resources

12. Attempting unauthorized access to computer systems, networks, or data

13. Employing the network for commercial purposes

14. Violating the rules and regulations prescribed by other organizations for the use of their network or resources.

Some inappropriate uses of the network can be a violation of local, state and federal laws and you can be prosecuted for violating those laws.

Safety

To protect the students, the following safety rules should be adhered to:

1. You should never give out students' last names, addresses, or telephone numbers online.

2. You should report any messages that make your students feel uncomfortable to your site administrator and the District Technology Services Department.

3. You should not send students' photos out online or put students' photos on a home page.

4. You should use only students' first names when posting work on a home page.

5. You should not allow students to arrange face-to-face meetings with an online friend without their parent's permission beforehand.

Network Etiquette and Privacy

E-mail and other information accessed or stored on the network are not guaranteed to be private. Network administrators may look at files and e-mail to make sure that the system is working properly and that users are using the system responsibly. In addition, files and e-mail are sometimes misdirected or left accessible by someone who is careless with their account.

To protect the privacy of others, you must get written permission before you put an adult's photo online or share their school e-mail address with people outside the district.

Users of the network are part of a global community and are expected to follow the rules of network etiquette. In addition to the rules in the Acceptable Use and Safety sections of this policy, you should also follow the following rules of network etiquette:

1. Be brief

2. Minimize spelling errors and make sure your message is easy to understand and read

3. Use accurate and descriptive titles for your articles

4. Get the most appropriate audience for your message, not the widest

5. Be careful with humor and satire, since it may be misinterpreted

6. Forgive the spelling and grammar errors of others

7. Keep your signature brief

8. Remember that all network users are human beings.

9. Post only to groups you know

Services

The Atascadero Unified School District will not be responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical, or other, difficulties. AUSD assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through the network. You should take responsibility for evaluating your sources of information for accuracy and biases.

Responsibilities for Student Use

When incorporating student use of the network into the curriculum, the following rules should be followed.

1. Student use of the network should be focused on research and communication related to a class project.

2. As much as possible, students should be directed toward appropriate resources. While students may be able to move beyond those resources to others which have not been evaluated by staff, they should be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suited to the learning objectives. The District will assist in this by creating a homepage with links to sites that support our curriculum and by providing lists of other appropriate sites.

3. Only students with a signed Acceptable Use Contract will be permitted to have independent access to the network. Independent access means that the student may work on a project without a staff member sitting next to them and taking full responsibility and control of access to the network.

4. Students must receive training in acceptable use of the network and network etiquette before they are permitted to apply for independent access to the network. The teacher who provides the training must sign the students' Acceptable Use Contract verifying that they have received that guidance.

5. Because it is important that students understand the standards for acceptable use in the Acceptable Use Contract if they are going to use the network independently, students in the primary grades (K-3) will not be permitted to have independent access.

6. All independent use by students must be in a location supervised by staff. It is recommended that computers should be placed in a location where the staff member supervising the area can view the screens as they scan the room.

I have read the Networked Information Resources Acceptable Use Policy for Staff.

Name (please print) _____________________________

Signature _____________________________ Date_________________________

Exhibit ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

version: May 2, 2000 Atascadero, California