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Santa Maria-Bonita SD |  AR  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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At the beginning of each school year, parents or guardians shall receive a copy of the district's Board Policy and Administrative Regulation regarding access by students to the Internet and on-line sites. (Education Code 48980)

The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technological resources and establish guidelines and limits on their use. He/she shall ensure that all users using these resources receive training in their proper use and receive copies of related district policies and regulations.

The Superintendent or designee will prepare an Electronic Network Users Agreement. The principal or designee will require that each user sign an Electronic Network Users Agreement before the user is provided access to the district's Wide Area Network. The obligations and responsibilities specified below will be part of the Electronic Network Users Agreement. A proposed version of this agreement is attached as an exhibit to Administrative Regulation 6163.4.

Users are authorized to use district equipment to access the Internet or on-line services only in accordance with user obligations and responsibilities specified below and in accordance with Governing Board policy and the district's Electronic Network Users Agreement. The use of the district's system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of said privilege.

1. Users shall accept personal responsibility for reporting any misuse of the network to either the system administrator, the teacher or the school principal. Misuse can come in many forms, but any violation of the conditions described in paragraphs numbered two through nine below would constitute misuse of the network.

2. The system shall be used only for purposes related to school work. Commercial, political and/or personal use of the district's system is strictly prohibited. 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.

3. Users shall not use the system to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, or any activity prohibited by law or district policy.

4. Students shall not disclose, use or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using electronic mail or other forms of direct electronic communication. Chat rooms are not to be accessed with district equipment or networks. Students are also cautioned not to disclose such information by other means to individuals located 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 individually identifiable information.

5. Sending or receiving any information in violation of any class rule, school policy, state or federal law or regulation, or the user contract is prohibited. Users are prohibited from accessing, posting, submitting, publishing or displaying harmful matter. 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).

Users are prohibited from accessing, posting, submitting, publishing or displaying material that contains objectionable language or is abusive, threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others, based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or political beliefs.

6. Copyrighted material may not be placed on the system without the author's permission. Illegal conduct may be reported to law enforcement authorities.

7. Vandalism will result in the cancellation of user privileges. Vandalism includes intentionally uploading, downloading or creating computer viruses, and/or any malicious attempt to harm or destroy district equipment, computer operating systems, or the data of any other user, including so-called "hacking".

8. Users shall not read other users' mail or files; they shall not attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic mail, nor shall they attempt to read, delete, copy, modify or forge other users' mail.

9. Users are expected to keep messages brief and use appropriate language.

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 user may be afforded the opportunity to explain the reasons for the misuse of the network to the principal or designee. However, if the principal or designee decides not to reinstate the user's access after the user has been given an opportunity to offer an explanation, this decision shall be final.

Inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of the student's user privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy.

Regulation SANTA MARIA-B0NITA SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: January 14, 1998 Santa Maria, California

revised: October 24, 2001

revised: February 13, 2002