District Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Climax Springs School District Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)  

PK-12th Students 


Student Use of Computerized Information Resources 

The Board of Education will provide access to various computerized information resources through the District’s computer system (“district devices” hereafter) consisting of software, hardware, computer networks and electronic communications system. This may include access to electronic mail, so-called “on-line services” and the “Internet.” All use of the district devices, including independent use off school premises, shall be subject to this policy and accompanying regulations. Further, all such use must be in support of education and/or research consistent with the goals and purposes of the Climax Springs School District. 

One purpose of this policy is to provide notice to students and parents/guardians that, unlike most traditional instructional or library media materials, the district devices will allow student access to external computer networks that may not be controlled by the Climax Springs School District where it is impossible for the District to screen or review all of the available materials. Some of the available materials may be deemed unsuitable by parents/guardians for student use. This policy is intended to establish general guidelines for acceptable student use. However, despite the existence of such District policy, it will not be possible to completely prevent access to information that is inappropriate for students. Furthermore, students may have the ability to access such information from their home or other locations off school premises. Parents/guardians of students must be willing to set and convey standards for appropriate and acceptable use to their children when using district or any other electronic media or communications. 

Student use of the district devices is conditioned upon written agreement by each student and their parents/guardians that student use of the district devices will conform to the requirements of this policy and any regulations adopted to insure acceptable use of the district devices. All such agreements shall be kept on file in the District Office. 


Children’s Internet Protection Act: Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy 

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the District has adopted and will enforce this Internet safety policy that ensures the use of technology protection measures (i.e., filtering or blocking of access to certain material on the Internet) on all district devices with Internet access. Such technology protection measures apply to Internet access by both adults and minors with regard to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or, with respect to the use of district devicess by minors, considered harmful to such students. The District will provide for the education of students regarding appropriate online behavior including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and regarding cyberbullying awareness and response. Further, appropriate monitoring of online activities of minors, as determined by the building/program supervisor, will also be enforced to ensure the safety of students when accessing the Internet. 

Standards of Conduct Governing Student Access to the District district devices System 

Generally, the same standards of acceptable student conduct which apply to any school activity shall apply to use of district devices. This policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of district devices; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all inappropriate usage. Administrative regulations will further define general guidelines of appropriate student conduct and use as well as proscribed behavior. 

District students shall also adhere to the laws, policies and rules governing district devices including, but not limited to, copyright laws, rights of software publishers, license agreements, and student rights of privacy created by federal and state law. 

Student data files and other electronic storage areas will be treated like school lockers. This means that such areas shall be considered to be Climax Springs School District property subject to control and inspection. The computer coordinator may access all such files and communications to insure system integrity and user compliance. Students should NOT expect that the information stored on the district devices will be private. 

Students who engage in unacceptable use may lose access to the district devices in accordance with applicable due process procedures, and may be subject to further discipline under the district’s school conduct and discipline policy and the Student Discipline Code of Conduct. The District reserves the right to pursue legal action against a student who willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys property of the District. Further, the District may bring suit in civil court against the parents/guardians of any student who willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys District property pursuant to Missouri Revised Statutes, Section 537.045. All hardware, including district devices and equipment, is the property of Climax Springs School District and will fall under the guidelines listed below. Expectations of students include, but are not limited to, the following: 


Illegal or Destructive Activities 

Students shall not go beyond their authorized access to the district network or other district devices equipment or software including the files or accounts of others. Students shall not disrupt or attempt to damage or disrupt any district device, system, system performance, or data. Students shall not use district equipment to engage in illegal acts. 

1. Inappropriate Conduct 

The following are prohibited when using any technical resource: obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening or disrespectful language; potentially damaging, dangerous, or disruptive material; personal or generalized harassment in violation of district policies; and false or defamatory information. 

2. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement 

Works may not be plagiarized. The rights of copyright owners are to be respected. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by copyright. If a student is unsure whether or not a work can be used, the copyright owner should be contacted for permission. Software copyrights and software licenses must be strictly respected. 

3. Inappropriate Access to Material 

Technical resources shall not be used with material that is profane, obscene (pornographic), or advocates illegal acts, violence, or illegal discrimination. The use of Internet games, social media, blogs, unauthorized software, or other social networking sites (e.g Snapchat, Facebook, etc.) is prohibited except when specifically authorized by the District Technology Department (or designee). This includes the use of a student’s personal cell phone or digital device to access such social networking sites. Inadvertent inappropriate access shall be reported immediately to the teacher in charge. 


4. Expectation of Privacy 

Students have no expectation of privacy in files, disks, or documents that have been created in, entered in, stored in, downloaded from, or used on district equipment. Student data files, email and electronic storage areas shall remain District property, subject to District control and inspection. The Technology Department may access all such files and communications without prior notice to ensure system integrity and that users are complying with the requirements of District policy and accompanying regulations. Students should NOT expect that information stored on district devices will be private. 

5. Services and Assumption of Risks 

Climax Springs School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services provided and is not responsible for any damages suffered while on the system to include loss of data and inaccurate or poor quality information obtained from the system. Users are responsible for backing up data stored on the hard drive of any district device. As part of this continued implementation,  the tools and resources Google has to offer are approved by the administration for faculty, staff, and students to utilize. The following services are available and hosted by Google as part of Climax Springs School District’s online presence in G Suite for Education: in particular Google’s online storage, Google Drive. The district highly recommends saving all files to Climax Springs School District issued Google Drive accounts. Files can be moved from Google Drive accounts via Climax Springs School District uses Google G Suite for Education. For more information or support on Google Tools visit this website https://edu.google.com/products/gsuite-for-education/?modal_active=none 

6. Discipline 

Students who engage in unacceptable use may lose access to district devices and may be subject to further discipline under the law or in accordance with appropriate due process procedures. Deliberate violations of this agreement (e.g., malicious acts or omissions; searching for, viewing or otherwise visiting pornographic or sexually explicit sites) are cause for disciplinary action. 

7. Unacceptable Uses 

The following uses will be regarded as not acceptable: insulting, bullying, threatening or attacking others, illegal or malicious use, including downloading or transmitting of copyright material. Use for racial, sexual or other harassment in violation of district policy. To access, view, or transmit pornographic or obscene material. To solicit personal information with the intent of using such information to cause emotional or physical harm. To disrupt the work of other users. This included the propagation of device viruses and use of the Internet to make unauthorized entry to any other Internet resource. Use for non-educational, commercial purposes, product advertisement, or political lobbying. Disclosing an individual password to others or using others’ passwords. Revealing personal information about oneself or of other students including, but not limited to, disclosure of home address and/or telephone number. Creating or using a website or blog which may cause a substantial disruption in the school environment or interfere with the rights of others. Using digital devices (such as a cell or camera phone), electronic technology and/or media to facilitate cheating, plagiarism, etc. 

8. Etiquette 

The following general principles should be adopted: be polite; do not be abusive in messages to others. Use appropriate language: Remember that you are a representative of Climax Springs School District and that you are using a non-private network. Do not disrupt the use of the Internet by other users. 

9. Email 

Every user is responsible for all email originating from their user ID (email address). Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail is prohibited. The organization's email standard (currently Climax Springs Google Mail) is the only allowable email to be used. Do not access your personal email account (ex. Hotmail, AOL, etc.) through the Climax Springs School network. Attempts to read, delete, copy or modify the email of other users are prohibited. Email is NOT private. The District Technology Department (or designee) has the right of access to all email sent or received. In the event of Climax Springs School being involved in any legal proceedings, any relevant emails (including Internet email) may have to be disclosed, on the same basis as the case for written documents. Forwarding of chain letters is not allowed. 


10. Network Access 

Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account. Students are responsible for the security of their device equipment, files and passwords. Students shall promptly notify the teacher in charge of security problems. Any user of district devices that accesses another network or device resources shall be subject to that networks acceptable use policy. If a student or a student's parent/guardian has a District network account, a non-district network account or any other account or program which will enable direct or indirect access to a District device, any access to district devices in violation of District policy and/or regulation may result in student discipline. Indirect access to a district device shall mean using a non-district devices in a manner which results in the user gaining access to a district device, including access to any and all information, records or other material contained or stored in a district device. 

Sanctions 

1) Violations may result in suspension and/or revocation of student access to district devices as determined in accordance with appropriate due process procedures. 

2) Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in accordance with existing practices and procedures regarding inappropriate language or behavior, as well as federal, state, and local law. 

3) When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.


Security

Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system includes many users. Users of district devices identifying a security problem on district devices must notify the teacher in charge. A student is not to demonstrate the problem to other users. Attempts to log on to the district devices as a Computer Coordinator may result in restrictions or suspension of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the district devices. Further, any violations regarding the use and application of the district devices shall be reported by the student to the teacher in charge. 


Notification/Authorization 

The District's Acceptable Use Policy and oth Climax Springs School District Technology Forms will be disseminated to parents and students in order to provide notice of the school's requirements, expectations, and student's obligations when accessing the Internet. 

Student access to district devices will automatically be provided unless the parent has submitted written notification to the District that such access not be permitted. Procedures will be established to define the process by which parents may submit a written request to deny or rescind student use of district devices.