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South San Francisco USD |  AR  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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A. Purpose

1. The South San Francisco Unified School District is provides students with access to the district's electronic communication system, which includes Internet access.

2. The purpose of the district's electronic communication system is to assist in preparing students for success in life and work in the 21st century by providing them with electronic access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with people from throughout the world. Additionally, the system will be used to increase district intra-communication, enhance productivity, and assist students in upgrading their skills through greater exchange of information with their peers.

3. Users of the district's electronic communication system may not use the district system for commercial purposes, defined as offering or providing goods or services or purchasing goods or services for personal use.

4. Users may not use the system for political lobbying. Students may, however, use the system to communicate with their elected representatives and to express their opinions on political issues.

5. The term "educational purpose" includes use of the system for classroom activities, professional or career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities.

B. District Responsibilities

1. The Superintendent or that person's designee will oversee the district system and the implementation of this policy and shall ensure that all district computers with Internet access have a technological 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.

2. In order to reinforce these measures, the Superintendent or that person's 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. Staff shall supervise students while they are using online services and may have teacher aides, student aides, and volunteers assist in this supervision.

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

4. To the extent possible, the Superintendent or that person's designee shall block access to social networking sites on district computers with Internet access.

5. The Superintendent or that person's 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.

6. The site principal or that person's administrative designee will serve as the site-level coordinator for the district system, will approve site-level activities, ensure that teachers receive proper training in the use of the system and the requirements of this policy, establish a system to ensure adequate supervision of students using the system, and will be responsible for interpreting the Student Acceptable Use Policy at the site level.

7. The district's administrator of Information Technology will establish a process for setting-up individual and class accounts, set quotas for disk usage on the system, establish a retention schedule and establish a district virus protection process.

C. Technical Services Provided through District System

1. World Wide Web. The Web provides access to a wide range of information in the form of text, graphics, photographs, video, and sound from throughout the world. The Web is a valuable research tool for students and staff members.

2. File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP allows users to download large files and computer software.

3. Newsgroups. Newsgroups are discussion groups that are similar to mail lists. With the oversight of the Educational Technology department, the district will provide access to selected newsgroups that relate to subjects that are appropriate to the educational purpose of the system.

D. Access to the System

1. The Student Acceptable Use Policy is intended govern all use of the district system. Student misuse of the district system will also be governed by the Student Discipline Code (Board Policy 5144).

2. Home or non-SSFUSD purchased computers and/or peripherals or wireless networking devices will not be supported and shall not be connected to District LANs.

3. World Wide Web. All students will have access to the Web through the district's networked computers. An agreement will be required for all students, which must be signed by the student and the student's parent or guardian.

E. Parental Notification and Responsibility

1. The district will notify the parents about the district system and the Student Acceptable Use Policy. Parents must sign an agreement to allow their student access to the district system. Parents may request alternative activities for their child(ren) that do not require Internet access.

2. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child(ren)'s individual account at any time.

3. The Student Acceptable Use Policy contains restrictions on accessing inappropriate material. There is a wide range of material available on the Internet, some of which may not be fitting with the particular values of the families of the students. It is not practically possible for the district to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use of the Internet. Further, the district recognizes that parents bear primary responsibility for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children. The district will encourage parents to specify to their child(ren) what material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through the district system.

F. District Limitation of Liability

1. The district makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the district system will be error-free or without defect. The district will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the use of the system.

G. Due Process

1. The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning to or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the district system.

2. In the event that there is an allegation that a student has violated the Student Acceptable Use Policy, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation and an opportunity to present an explanation before a school administrator.

3. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. If the alleged violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the Student Discipline Code, the violation will be handled in accordance with the applicable provision of the district discipline policies and procedures.

H. Search and Seizure

1. System users have a limited privacy expectation in the contents of their personal files on the district system.

2. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the system may lead to discovery that the user has or is violating the Internet Acceptable Use Policy, the Student Discipline Code, or the law.

3. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a user has violated the law or the Student Discipline Code. The nature of the investigation will be reasonable and in the context of the nature of the alleged violation.

I. Copyright and Plagiarism

1. Laws related to copyrights will govern the use of material accessed through the district system. Because the extent of copyright protection of certain works found on the Internet is unclear, employees will make a standard practice of requesting permission from the holder of the work if their use of the material has the potential of being considered an infringement. Teachers will instruct students to respect copyright and to request permission when appropriate.

2. District practices pertaining to plagiarism will govern use of material accessed through the district system. Teachers will instruct students in appropriate research and citation practices.

J. Academic Freedom, Selection of Material, Student Rights to Free Speech

1. Board policies on Academic Freedom and Free Speech will govern the use of the Internet.

2. When using the Internet for class activities, teachers will select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students and that is the relevant to the course objectives. Teachers will preview the materials and sites they require or recommend for students' access to determine the appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed through the site. Teachers will provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly.

Teachers will assist their students in developing the skills to ascertain the truthfulness of information, distinguish fact from opinion, and engage in discussions about controversial issues while demonstrating tolerance and respect for those who hold divergent views.

K. District Web Site

1. District Web Site. The district will establish a Web site and will develop Web pages that will present information about the district. The Director of Technology will be designated the Webmaster, responsible for maintaining the district Web site.

2. School or Class Web Pages. Schools and classes may establish Web pages that present information about the school or class activities. The site principal will designate an individual to be responsible for managing the school Web site. Teachers will be responsible for maintaining their class site.

3. Student Web Pages. With the approval of the site principal, students may establish personal Web pages. The principal will establish a process and criteria for the establishment and posting of material, including pointers to other sites, on these pages. Material presented in the student's Web site must be related to the student's educational and career preparation activities. Student Web pages must include

The following notice: "This is a student Web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the district."

4. Extracurricular Organization Web Pages. With the approval of the site principal, extracurricular organizations may establish Web pages. The principal will establish a process and criteria for the establishment and posting of material, including pointers to other sites, on these pages. Material presented on the organization Web page must relate specifically to organization activities and may include student-produced material. Organization Web pages must include the following notice: "This is a student extracurricular organization Web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the district."

L. Student Acceptable Use Policy

The following uses of the district system are considered unacceptable:

1. Personal Safety (Restrictions are for students only)

Student use of district computers to access social networking sites is prohibited.

Users will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people.

Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, work address, etc. Users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

2. Illegal Activities

Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district system or to any other computer system through the system or go beyond their authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing." Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal. Users will not use the district system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of a person, etc.

3. System Security

Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account. Under no conditions should a user provide their password to another person. Users will immediately notify the administrator in charge or teacher if they have identified a possible security problem. Users will not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access. Users will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the district virus protection procedures if they download software.

4. Inappropriate Language

Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages. Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. Users will

not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption. Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

Users will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a user is told by a person to stop sending them messages, they must stop. Users will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

5. Respect for Privacy

Users will not repost a message that was sent to them privately without permission of the person who sent them the message. Users will not post private information about another person.

6. Respecting Resource Limits

Users will use the system only for educational and professional or career development activities (no time limit), and limited, high-quality, self-discovery activities. Users will not download large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, users will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to their personal computer. Users will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

7. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user.

Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If users are unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.

8. Inappropriate Access to Material

Users will not use the district system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature). For students, a special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of such access to conduct research and

access is approved by both the teacher and the parent. If users inadvertently access such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school. This will protect users against an allegation that they have intentionally violated the Student Acceptable Use Policy.

M. Use of Electronic Recording Devices

Use of electronic recording devices to facilitate specific instructional and administrative services is permitted based on established policies and practices. Such uses include but are not limited to school or district publications and broadcast facilities, athletic programs and theatrical productions, scheduled distance learning classes, video conferences, digitally streamed class content (live or recorded), and video tape recording of classes or related academic events by Technology Services when requested to capture video, audio or still images.

Electronic devices may be used to record a lecture, presentation, interview or similar activity with prior permission of the individual being recorded. This permission does not extend to others who may be present. Absence of permission may constitute copyright infringement. Verbal permission may be sufficient for recording within a class or meeting for personal use. However, written permission must be obtained prior to recording or transmitting someone's image or speech over the airwaves, in public, on the web, as part of a class assignment or any educationally sponsored activity or program. It is the responsibility of the user, host, event sponsor or department to provide notification and obtain the necessary permissions in advance or at the time of the recording / transmission.

In accordance with American Disability Act applicable policies and laws, instructional materials and school or district information presented in electronic form must be accessible to persons with disabilities. This includes recordings of lectures, events, DVDs and other recordings shown in class or posted on the web. In general, this requires that the recording be captioned.

1. Expectation of Privacy

Taking photos or making audio or video recordings without permission in ANY context in which the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy is prohibited. Such physical areas on campus include but are not limited to private offices, restrooms, changing rooms, labs, classrooms, and conference rooms. In such areas, permission must be granted by all persons being photographed or recorded.

2. Surveillance Equipment and Software

Surveillance equipment and software may be placed on campus and monitored by authorized campus personnel to prevent or deter crimes and protect public safety and

to facilitate official investigations into criminal activities or violations of district policy. Such uses must be coordinated with the Police Department or Information Technology Services as appropriate.

N. Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.)

South San Francisco Unified School District is preparing students for 21st century skills and recognizes that our information-based world is becoming increasingly complex. Students must develop skills in creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, digital literacy and information technologies that better prepare them to be successful citizens in the global community. Just as new technologies are changing the world in which we live, they are providing new and positive educational benefits that help students develop these skills and prepare for the Common Core State Standards.

In an effort to bring more technology tools into our classroom and to leverage student-owned technology, South San Francisco Unified School District will allow personal technology devices to be brought onto the high school campuses and onto our SSFUSD network. Students bringing such personal devices to school must follow all State and Federal laws, the Acceptable Use Policy and the guidelines set forth in this document. In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school policies and procedures while using personal devices.

SSFUSD currently provides technology that is appropriate and relevant to support instructional purposes. Therefore, the use of personal devices by students is not a requirement and is considered optional. Students who do not participate in B.Y.O.D. will not be penalized in their grades, and alternative modes of participation will be available.

1. Definition of Personal Technology Device

A personal technology device (PTD) is any privately-owned technology device that includes, but is not limited to: laptops, cell phones, smart phones, eReaders, iPads, iPods, tablets devices, PDAs, or other current or emerging devices that can be used for word processing, wireless or wired Internet access, recording of images/sound, email, etc. Essentially any mobile device that has access to the District's Wi-Fi network is considered a PTD.

2. Educational purposes

The purpose of implementing a BYOD is to enhance the leaning opportunity which includes classroom activities, career development, and communication with experts, homework, and limited high quality self-discovery activities. Students are expected to act responsibly and thoughtfully when using technology resources. Students bear the burden of responsibility to inquire with school administrators and/or teachers when

they are unsure of the permissibility of a particular use of technology prior to engaging in the use. Personally owned devices are permitted for use during the school day for educational purposes and/or in approved locations only.

3. Bullying

Students may not utilize any technology to harass, threaten, demean, humiliate, intimidate, embarrass, or annoy their classmates or others in their community. This is unacceptable student behavior known as cyber bullying and will not be tolerated. Any cyber bullying that is determined to disrupt the safety and/or wellbeing of the school is subject to disciplinary action.

4. Responsibility, Security and Damages

Responsibility to keep the PTD secure rests with the individual owner. SSFUSD is not liable for any device stolen, infected, or damaged on campus, at school functions, or on the school bus/van. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. It is recommended that custom identification be used to physically identify your device. Example: School appropriate Skins (decals). Additionally, protective cases for technology are strongly encouraged. It is a privilege, rather than a right, for a student to bring personal technology devices to school. When the policies are followed, our learning environment will be enhanced. However, when policies are abused, the privileges may be taken away and confiscation and/or disciplinary action may occur.


approved: February 27, 2014 South San Francisco, California