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Stanislaus COE |  AR  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technology resources and may establish guidelines and limits on their use. All instructional staff shall receive a copy of this administrative regulation, the accompanying Stanislaus County Board of Education policy, and the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Student Acceptable 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 technology 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)

Teachers, administrators, and/or library media specialists shall monitor technology 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)

Online/Internet Services: User Obligations and Responsibilities

Students are authorized to use County Office equipment to access the Internet or other online services in accordance with County Board policy, the user obligations and responsibilities specified below, and the County Office's Acceptable Use Agreement.

1. The student in whose name an online services account is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall keep personal account numbers and passwords private and shall only use the account to which they have been assigned.

2. Students shall use the County Office's system safely, responsibly, and primarily for educational purposes.

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

4. Unless otherwise instructed by school personnel, students shall not disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using email, 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 item of information directly related to an individual student (Education Code section 49061(a)).

5. 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, County Board policy, or administrative regulations.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

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

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

8. 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)

9. Students shall not install unauthorized software or intentionally upload, download, or create computer viruses and/or maliciously attempt to harm or destroy County Office equipment or materials or manipulate the data of any other user, including so-called "hacking."

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

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

11. Students shall report any security problem or misuse of the services to the teacher or principal.

12. Students shall not engage in or promote any practice that is unethical or violates any law or SCOE Board policy, administrative regulation or SCOE practice.

The County Office reserves the right to monitor use of the County Office'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 County Office for the purpose of ensuring proper use.

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

Consequence for Violation

Whenever a student is found to have violated County Board policy, administrative regulation, or the County Office's Acceptable Use Agreement, the principal or designee may cancel or limit a student's user privileges or increase supervision of the student's use of the County Office's technological resources, as appropriate. Inappropriate use also may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and County Board policy.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

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

Legal Reference:


49061 (a) Definitions of "pupil record"

49073.6 Student records; social media

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


New Jersey v. T.L.O., (1985) 469 U.S. 325

Management Resources:


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


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



American Library Association:

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety:

California Department of Education:

California Department of Education's Data Privacy Website:

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use:

Common Sense Media

Federal Communications Commission:

Federal Trade Commission, Children's Online Privacy Protection:

U.S. Department of Education:

Web Wise Kids:


approved: November 16, 2009 Modesto, California

revised: May 31, 2018