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Petaluma City Schools |  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)

At the beginning of each school year, teachers, administrators, and library media technicians, parents/guardians shall receive a copy of the District's "Student Use of Technology" Policy and Administrative Regulation. Students are informed that their parents may be held financially responsible for any harm that may result from the student's intentional misuse of District or Personal Technology. Students may use District Technology only if their parents have signed a waiver of claims for damages against the District.

(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 Responsible 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.

(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)

Teachers, administrators, and/or library media specialists shall prescreen technological resources and online sites that will be used for instructional purposes to ensure that they are appropriate for the intended purpose and the age of the students.

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

On-Line/Internet Services: User Obligations and Responsibilities

Students are authorized to use the district equipment to access the Internet or other online services in accordance with Board policy, the user obligations and responsibilities specified below, and the district's Responsible Use Agreement. The following provisions refer to District Technology; however, use of Personal Technology also may violate this regulation if the District reasonably believes the conduct or speech will cause actual, material disruption of school activities.

1. The student in whose name an on-line services account is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall keep personal account numbers, passwords, home addresses and telephone numbers private. They shall only use the account to which they have been assigned. Students shall use the district's system safely, responsibly, and primarily for educational purposes.

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 shall not access, post, submit, publish, or display harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, bullying, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others bases 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)

6. Unless otherwise instructed by school personnel, students shall not disclose, 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.

7. Students 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, Board Policy or Administration Regulation.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 5121.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

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

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

10. 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)

Personal Mobil Devices

The use of personal mobile devices, such as laptops, cellular phones, tablets, pagers, or other electronic signaling devices, by students on campus is subject to all applicable District policies and regulations concerning technology use, as well as the following rules and understandings:

• Permission to have a mobile device at school is contingent on parent/guardian permission in the form of a signed copy of the District's Student Technology Use/Internet Access: Parent Permission Form and Parent/Student Agreement.

• The District accepts no financial responsibility for damage, loss or theft. Devices should not be left unattended.

• All costs for data plans and fees associated with mobile devices are the responsibility of the student. The District does not require the use of personal mobile devices and does not rely on personal devices in its instructional program or extracurricular activities.

• Use during class time must be authorized by the teacher.

• Photographs and audio or video recordings may be taken/made only with the express permission of all individuals being photographed or recorded. Recordings made in a classroom require the advance permission of the teacher and the school principal.

• Students may not take, possess or share obscene photographs or video.

• Students may not photograph, videotape or otherwise record any instructional materials, including tests.

• The District will monitor all Internet or intranet access.

• If the District has reasonable cause the student has violated the law or District policy, the device may be searched by authorized personnel and/or law enforcement may be contacted.

District-owned Mobile Devices

When a student is using a District-owned mobile device, all of the above rules pertaining to the personal mobile devices apply as well as the following:

• The device may be used only for school-related purposes.

• Users may not download applications ("apps") to the device without permission from the teacher or other District employee.

• Users must follow all "apps" user agreements.

• The student and parent/guardian will be responsible for the replacement cost if the device is lost or is damaged because of intentional misuse.

Unacceptable Uses

The following uses of the school district system and Internet resources or accounts are considered unacceptable:

1. Users will not use the school district system to access, review, upload, download, store, print, post, receive, transmit, or distribute:

a. Pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material or other visual depictions that are harmful to minors;

b. Obscene, abusive, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language;

c. Materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the education setting or disruptive to the educational process;

d. Information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption to the educational process;

e. Materials that use language or images that advocate violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature) or that may constitute harassment or discrimination unless used as primary source material for the study of the subject.

f. Users will not use external proxy servers or other means of bypassing the district's Internet content filter to gain access to these materials.

2. Users will not use the school district system to knowingly or recklessly post, transmit or distribute false or defamatory information about a person or organization, or to harass another person, or to engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

3. Users will not use the school district system to engage in any illegal act or violate any local, state or federal statute or law.

4. Users will not use the school district system to vandalize, damage or disable the property of another person or organization, will not make deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt equipment, software or system performance by spreading computer viruses or by any other means, will not tamper with, modify or change the school district system software, hardware or wiring or take any action to violate the school district's security system, and will not use the school district system in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system by other users.

5. Users will not use the school district system to gain unauthorized access to information resources or to access another person's materials, information or files without the implied or direct permission of that person.

6. Users will not use the school district system to post private information about another person, personal contact information about themselves or other persons, or other personally identifiable information, including but not limited to, addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work addresses, identification numbers, account numbers, access codes or passwords, labeled photographs or other information that would make the individual's identity easily traceable, and will not repost a message that was sent to the user privately without permission of the person who sent the message.

7. Users will not use the school district system to gain unauthorized access to information resources or to access another person's materials, information or files without the implied or direct permission of that person.

8. Users will not use the school district system to post private information about another person, personal contact information about themselves or other persons, or other personally identifiable information, including but not limited to, addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work addresses, identification numbers, account numbers, access codes or passwords, labeled photographs or other information that would make the individual's identity easily traceable, and will not repost a message that was sent to the user privately without permission of the person who sent the message.

a. This paragraph does not prohibit the posting of employee contact information on school district web pages or communications between employees and other individuals when such communications are made for education-related purposes (i.e., communications with parents or other staff members related to students).

b. Employees creating or posting school-related web pages may include personal contact information about themselves on a webpage. However, employees may not post personal contact information or other personally identifiable information about students unless:

(1) Such information is classified by the school district as directory information, and verification is made that the school district has not received notice from a parent/guardian or eligible student that such information is not to be designated as directory information in accordance with Board Policy 5125.1, Release of Directory Information; or

(2) Such information is not classified by the school district as directory information but written consent for release of the information to be posted has been obtained from a parent/guardian or eligible student in accordance with Board Policy 1113, Community Relations. In addition, prior to posting any personal contact or personally identifiable information on a school-related webpage, employees shall obtain written approval of the content of the postings from the building administrator.

9. Users must keep all account information and passwords on file with the designated school district official. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the school district system or any other system through the school district system, attempt to log in through another person's account, or use computer accounts, access codes or network identification other than those assigned to the user. Messages and records on the school district system may not be encrypted without the permission of appropriate school authorities.

10. Users will not use the school district system to violate copyright laws, or usage licensing agreements, or otherwise to use another person's property without the person's prior approval or proper citation, including the downloading or exchanging of illegally obtained software or copying software to or from any school computer, and will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet.

11. Users will not use the school district system for the conduct of a business, for unauthorized commercial purposes or for financial gain unrelated to the mission of the school district. Users will not use the school district system to offer or provide goods or services or for product advertisement.

A student or employee engaging in the foregoing unacceptable uses of the Internet when off school district premises also may be in violation of this policy as well as other school district policies. Examples of such violations include, but are not limited to, situations where the school district system is compromised or if a school district employee or student is negatively impacted. (First Amendment Rights do apply in these situations, however.) If the school district receives a report of an unacceptable use originating from a non-school computer or resource, the school district may investigate such reports to the best of its ability. Students or employees may be subject to disciplinary action for such conduct including, but not limited to, suspension or cancellation of the use or access to the school district computer system and the Internet and discipline under other appropriate school district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion, or termination of employment.

If a user inadvertently accesses unacceptable materials or an unacceptable Internet site, the user shall immediately disclose the inadvertent access to an appropriate school district official. In the case of a school district employee, the immediate disclosure shall be to the employee's immediate supervisor and/or the building administrator. This disclosure may serve as a defense against an allegation that the user has intentionally violated this policy. In certain rare instances, a user also may access otherwise unacceptable materials if necessary to complete an assignment and if done with the prior approval of and with appropriate guidance from the appropriate teacher or, in the case of a school district employee, the building administrator.

Students using privately-owned electronic devices must follow the policy stated in this document while on school property, attending any school-sponsored activity, or using the school network.

Filter

With respect to any of its computers with Internet access, the school district will monitor the online activities of both minors and adults and employ technology protection measures during any use of such computers by minors and adults. The technology protection measures utilized will block or filter Internet access to any visual depictions that are:

1. Obscene;

2. Child pornography; or

3. Harmful to minors.

The term "harmful to minors" means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; or

2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

An administrator, supervisor, or other person authorized by the Superintendent may disable the technology protection measure, during use by an adult, to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

The school district will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Vandalism

1. Vandalism will result in the cancellation of user privileges. Students shall not intentionally upload, download, or create computer viruses and/or maliciously attempt to harm or destroy district equipment or materials or manipulate the date of any other user, including so-called "hacking."

(cf.5131.5 - Vandalism and Graffiti)

2. Students shall not attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive email, nor shall they attempt to read, delete, coy, modify, or use another individual's identity.

3. Students 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. 5144 - Discipline)

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

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and seizure)

Whenever a student is found to have violated Board Policy, administrative regulation, or the district Responsible Use Agreement, the principal or designee my cancel or limit a student's user privileges or increase supervision of the student's use of the district 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. 5145.12 - Search and seizure)

Regulation PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS

approved: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: September 10, 2013