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Student District Internet And Technology Acceptable Use Policy   

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A. District Internet and Technology Acceptable Use Policy:

Before using the District's Technology, Internet and other on-line resources, each student and his or her parent/guardian must sign and return the parent signature form regarding District technology and internet use which specifies user obligations and responsibilities and indemnifies the district for any damages. The parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the district responsible for materials acquired by the student, for violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence or any costs incurred by users.

The student to whom a username and I.D. number is issued is solely responsible for its proper use at all times. Users shall keep personal I.D. numbers, passwords, home addresses, and telephone number private. They shall use the system only under their own account number.

The District reserves the right to monitor any on-line communications for improper use. The use of the District's system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of the privilege.

Inappropriate use of District Technology includes, but is not limited to, the following:

AA. Any use of the District's technological resources for illegal and/or unauthorized purpose is prohibited.

BB. Using District Technology to access or view pornography.

CC. Disclosing any student's personally identifiable information.

"Personally identifiable information" includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a. Student's name.

b. Student's photograph.

c. A video featuring a student.

d. Name of the student's parent or other family members.

e. The address of the student or student's family.

f. A personal identifier such as the student's social security number, student number, or biometric record.

g. Indirect identifiers such as the student's date of birth, place of birth, and mother's maiden name.

h. Other information that alone or in combination, is linked or linkable to a specific student which would allow a reasonable person to identify the student with reasonable certainty.

DD. Using District Technology to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any computer technology, or gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to District Technology is prohibited.

EE. Connecting unauthorized equipment to the District Technology, including the unauthorized installation of any software (including shareware and freeware), is prohibited.

FF. Unauthorized attempts to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes within or outside of District Technology are prohibited. This includes creating and/or running programs that are designed to identify security loopholes and/or decrypt intentionally secure data.

GG. Knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with or disrupt the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks, whether within or outside of District Technology (e.g., deleting programs or changing icon names) is prohibited.

HH. Knowingly or carelessly accessing, transmitting, downloading, tampering, vandalizing, running or installing on any District Technology, or giving to another User, a program or file intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer technology or network, files or data is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, programs known as computer viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, or any type of pyramid schemes. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt technology performance of the network or any other computer technology or network on the Internet by spreading computer viruses is considered criminal activity under state and federal law.

II. Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements or copyright laws on District Technology is prohibited. Downloading, copying, otherwise duplicating, and/or distributing copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited.

JJ. Forging the identity of other Users' names, emails, files, data or machine in an electronic communication via District Technology in any way, including, but not limited to, disguising one's identity, impersonating other Users, or sending anonymous email is prohibited. Impersonation and pseudonyms are not allowed.

KK. Knowingly or recklessly posting, transmitting or reproducing materials that are false, slanderous or defamatory about a person or organization, or that otherwise violates existing laws or regulations by using District Technology is prohibited.

LL. Attempting to monitor or tamper with another User's electronic communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another User's files or software via District Technology, without the explicit agreement of the owner, is prohibited.

MM. Pirating of computer software via District Technology is prohibited.

NN. Selling, purchasing or encouraging the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco or other illegal items or substances is prohibited.

OO. Intentionally accessing, creating, storing, posting, submitting, displaying, transmitting, using or downloading material, images or language that may be deemed hate mail, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, disrespectful, abusive, impolite, threatening, harassing, discriminatory, racist, offensive, indecent, obscene, or intimidating is prohibited.

PP. Malicious use of any District computer/network to develop programs that harass other Users or infiltrate a computer or computing technology and/or damage software components of a computer or computing technology, and/or "hacking" internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws, is prohibited.

QQ. Use for non-academic related bandwidth intensive activities, such as network gaming, is prohibited.

RR. Hardware and/or software shall not be destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.

SS. The District Technology may not be used for downloading entertainment software (or other files not related to the mission and objectives of the District) for transfer to a User's home computer, personal computer, or other device.

TT. Establishing a network of Internet connections to live communications, including voice and/or video (relay chat), unless specifically authorized by a System Administrator, is prohibited.

UU. Engaging in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks such as "cyberbullying" is prohibited.

VV. Violation of any criminal laws, federal, state or municipal laws or ordinances, as well as board policy is prohibited.

WW. Any use of the District Technology to send or receive a message that is inconsistent with the school's code of conduct is prohibited.

XX. Creation of websites, blogs or other Internet forums that purport to be or hold themselves out to be District-sponsored without prior written permission from the Superintendent or designee.

X. Disclaimer

The District cannot be held accountable for the information that is retrieved via the network or District Technology. The District will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the District Technology, System Administrator or your own errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via District Technology is at your own risk.

The District makes no warranties (expressed or implied) with respect to: (a) the content of any advice or information received by a User, or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting any information; or (b) any costs, liability, or damages caused by the way the User chooses to use his or her access to the District Technology.

XI. Email

All students must adhere to the District's rules and regulations, as outlined in this policy, regarding email.

C. No Expectation of Privacy

The District owns any communication sent via email or that is stored on District equipment. Specifically, students should have no expectation of privacy when using the District's email system or technology.

XII. Password Policy

Passwords must not be shared with anyone and must be treated as confidential information.

XIII. Consent to Search and Seizure of District Technology

The undersigned consents to the search and seizure of any District Technology in the undersigned's possession by the District, the District's authorized representative, a System Administrator, or any Peace Officer at any time of the day or night and by any means. This consent is unlimited and shall apply to any District Technology that is in the possession of the undersigned, whenever the possession occurs, and regardless of whether the possession is authorized.


version: June 15, 2017 Orosi, California