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Atascadero USD |  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. All instructional staff shall receive a copy of this administrative regulation, the accompanying Board policy, and the district's Acceptable Use Agreement describing expectations for appropriate use of the system and shall also be provided with information about the role of staff in supervising student use of technological resources. All students using these resources shall receive instruction in their proper and appropriate use.

The superintendent or designee shall ensure that all district computers with Internet access have a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors and that the operation of such measures is enforced. ( 20 USC 6777, 47 USC 254)

Parents/guardians shall receive a copy of the district's policy regarding student use of technology and student access to the internet.

(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 Acceptable 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.

2. Students shall use the district's system safely, responsibly, and primarily for educational purposes.

3. The district reserves the right to monitor use of the district's systems any on-line communications for improper use without advance notice or consent. Student's 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. 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. Unless otherwise instructed by school personnel, students shall not disclosed, use, or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using email, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication. Students also shall be cautioned not to disclose such information by other means to individuals contacted through the Internet without the permission of their parents/guardians.

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

5. Students shall not access, post, submit, publish or display harmful or inappropriate matter or material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, 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)

The superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, chat rooms, and other internet services. Such instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats, behaviors that constitute cyberbullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyberbullying.

All staff will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

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. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

7. Copyrighted material may not be placed on the system without the author's permission. Users may download copyrighted material for their own use only. Copyrighted material shall be posted online only in accordance with applicable copyright laws. Any materials utilized for research projects should be given proper credit as with any other printed source of information.

(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

8. Vandalism will result in the cancellation of user privileges. Vandalism includes the intentional Students shall not intentionally uploading, downloading or creatinge computer viruses and/or any malicious attempt to harm or destroy district equipment or materials or manipulate the data of any other user, including so called "hacking"..

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

9. Users shall not read other users' mail or files; they Students shall not attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic email, nor shall they attempt to read, delete, copy, modify or forge other users' mail use another individual's identity.

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

11. Students shall not use the system to engage in commercial or other for-profit activities.

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

The principal or designee shall make all decisions regarding whether or not 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. Whenever a student is found to have violated Board policy, administrative regulation, or the district's Acceptable 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 also may result in disciplinary action and /or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))


approved: March 7, 2000 Atascadero, California

revised: June 26, 2012