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Petaluma City Schools |  5000 |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that technology is a vehicle to access the most current and extensive sources of information throughout the district's schools and classrooms. The use of technology prepares students for 21st Century careers.

The Board of Trustees intends that technological resources provided by the district be used in a safe, responsible, and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. The District provides technology for a limited educational purpose. This means students may use these resources for classroom activities and other school-related work. Students may not use District technology for commercial purposes; students may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services using District technology. Students may use District technology only for class assignments or for personal research on subjects similar to what they might study in a class or in the school library. Use for entertainment purposes or personal communication, such as personal blogging, instant messaging, online shopping or gaming is not allowed

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations governing student access to technology that are age appropriate. ?These regulations shall prohibit access to harmful matter on the Internet which may be obscene or pornographic and preclude other misuses of the system. In addition, these regulations shall establish the fact that users have no expectation of privacy and that district staff may monitor or examine all system activities to ensure proper use of the system. Students who fail to abide by district rules shall be subject to disciplinary action, revocation of the user account and legal action as appropriate.

The Superintendent or designee also shall establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and student information when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

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.

Use of personal technology may violate this Policy if the District reasonably believes the conduct or speech will cause actual, material, disruption of school activities. This Policy and accompanying Administrative Regulation will provide students with guidance in order to avoid such disruption.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

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

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

Use of District Computers for Online Services/Internet Access

Because the Internet contains an unregulated collection of resources, the district cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information or the appropriateness of any material that a student may encounter. 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)

Therefore, before using the district's on-line resources, each student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return an Responsible Use Contract. This contract shall specify user obligations and responsibilities and shall indemnify the district for any damages. The parent/guardian shall agree to not hold the district responsible for materials acquired by the student on the system, for violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence or any costs incurred by users.

Staff shall supervise students while using on-line services.

The Petaluma City School District assumes no liability for the loss, theft, or damage to electronic devices brought to school. This includes devices purchased by parents to assist student instruction. Parents can be held financially responsible for any harm that results from a student's intentional misuse of District or Personal technology.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

The Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff, shall regularly review and update this policy, the accompanying administrative regulation, and other relevant procedures to enhance the safety and security of students using the district's technological resources and to help ensure that the district adapts to changing technologies and circumstances.

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: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: September 10, 2013