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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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Student Access to Networked Information Resources

The Board of Education recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred by members of the society, those changes also may alter instruction and student learning. The board supports access by students to rich information resources, along with the development by staff of appropriate skills to analyze and evaluate such resources. In a free and democratic society, access to information is a fundamental right of citizenship.

Telecommunications, electronic information sources, and networked services significantly alter the information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a broader array of resources. In the past, instructional and library media materials could usually be screened prior to use by committees of educators and community members intent on subjecting all such materials to reasonable selection criteria. Board Policy 6161.1 requires that all such materials be consistent with district-adopted guides, supporting and enriching the curriculum while taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students. Telecommunications, because they may lead to publicly available file servers in the world, will open classrooms to electronic information resources which have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees during the Age of Information. The board expects that staff will blend thoughtful use of such information throughout the curriculum, and that the staff will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources. Staff will consult the guidelines for instructional materials contained in Board Policy 6161.1 and will honor the goals for selection of instructional materials contained therein.

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others. Access to network services will be provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

Independent student use of telecommunications and electronic information resources will be permitted upon submission of permission forms and agreement forms by parents of minor students (under 18 years of age) and by students themselves. Regional networks require agreement by users to acceptable use policies outlining standards for behavior and communication.

Access to telecommunications will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world. The board believes that the benefits to students from access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. But ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Escondido Union School District supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for independent access.

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 7001, 47 USC 254)

The board desires to protect students from access to harmful matter on the Internet or other on-line services. The superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students' access to harmful or inappropriate matter on the Internet and to ensure that students do not engage in unauthorized or unlawful online activities. The superintendent shall also establish regulations to address the safety and security of students when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication. (47 USC 254)

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. (47 USC 254)

Disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding students is prohibited.

Staff shall supervise students while they are using on-line services and may ask teacher aides and student aides to assist in this supervision.

Legal Reference:


51006 Computer education and resources

51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills

51870-51874 Education technology

60044 Prohibited instructional materials


313 Harmful matter

502 Computer crimes, remedies

632 Eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications

653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety


6501-6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


6751-6777 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, Title II, Part D, especially:

6777 Internet safety


254 Universal service discounts (E-rate)


312.1-312.12 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


54.520 Internet safety policy and technology protection measures, E-rate discounts

Management Resources:


Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007


How to Protect Kids' Privacy Online: A Guide for Teachers, December 2000


The Official School Administrator's Guide to Understanding MySpace and Resolving Social Networking Issues



American Library Association:

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety:

California Department of Education:

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use:

Federal Communications Commission:

Federal Trade Commission, Children's Online Privacy Protection:

U.S. Department of Education:

Web Wise Kids:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: June 28, 2012