Acceptable Use of Internet (Adopted April 19, 2010)
The Allegheny Valley School District supports the use of the Internet and other computer networks in District's instructional and operational programs in order to facilitate learning, teaching and daily operations through interpersonal communications and access to information, research and collaboration. For instructional purposes, the use of network facilities shall be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the school district and the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of students. This policy establishes the rules and procedures for the use of the Internet along with the use governing behavior.
Students and staff must understand that use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Violation of these procedures or rules may result in loss of privilege or appropriate disciplinary action. The District reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, what appropriate disciplinary action will be applied. The electronic information available to students and staff does not imply endorsement by the District of the content, and the District does not guarantee the accuracy of information received. The District shall not be responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when using the network or for any information that is retrieved via the Internet. The District shall not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. The District shall make every effort to ensure that this resource is used responsibly by students and staff.
The Board shall establish a list of materials, in addition to those stated in law, that are inappropriate for access by minors. (See Internet Safety Policy.) The building administrator shall have the authority to determine what is inappropriate use. Violation of the procedures or rules set forth in this policy may result in loss of privilege or in appropriate disciplinary action. The District reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, what appropriate disciplinary action will be applied.
The network is to be used for District instructional use only. As a user of the network, students and staff are expected to abide by the following guidelines:
1. Only licensed software may be used on the network. Games, personal software, programs, files, or other electronic media are not to be installed on the computers. No one shall execute a software program that is not on the server.
2. Intentionally altering, destroying, modifying or abusing another user’s data, District files, software and hardware will be viewed as vandalism.
3. Deliberate attempts to spread viruses through the network will also be considered acts of vandalism.
4. Unauthorized copying of school software will be considered theft.
5. Each student or staff member will be provided an individual password to be used only by that person to access the network.
6. Users are to log off the system as soon as finished.
7. There will be no distributing of threatening, obscene, discriminatory, offensive, inflammatory, or harassing messages over the network or through the printers.
8. Users may not engage in advertisement of political, commercial, or for profit products or services or participate in “chain letters” or “pyramid schemes.”
9. No confidential information is to be distributed to other parties at any time. This includes reposting of information sent by another party.
10. Students will follow the instructional directives of the teacher in charge and are not permitted to use the system for non-school related purposes, including personal access to social networking and chat room sites.
11. The illegal or unauthorized use of copyrighted software or other intellectual property is prohibited. All uploaded or downloaded materials are subject to fair use guidelines. Any and all damages that may occur as a result of unauthorized usage or access will be the responsibility of the user.
12. The use of the network to access obscene or pornographic material is prohibited and will be dealt with as a serious breach of school rules.
13. Staff members shall not send messages using someone else’s name or read mail or files without the owner’s permission.
14. Staff members shall not intentionally access Internet cites containing sexually explicit or hate materials.
15. Incidental personal use of the system by staff members is permitted.
The District owns the hardware and software and has unrestricted access to all E-mail and internet communications on its equipment. E-mail accounts on the District system are not private, and the District retains the right to review, audit, intercept, access, and disclose all messages created, received, or sent over its electronic system as necessary. Furthermore, the District reserves the right to make random audits of the history files that record which sites users have visited.
The District is not, and cannot be, held responsible for the loss of material, accidental corruption, or any other action that might affect transmission or loss of data. The District has taken precautions to maintain safety of all users and these guidelines are written and will be enforced in the interest of all users’ safety and effective use of the Internet.
The network user shall be responsible for damages to the equipment, systems, and software resulting from deliberate or willful acts, and a network user responsible for such deliberate or willful acts will have his/her access privileges cancelled. Additionally, illegal use of the network, intentional deletion or damage to files of data belonging to others, copyright violations, and theft of services will be reported to the appropriate legal authorities for possible prosecution. The list of possible consequences is not all inclusive. The District reserves the right to take, at its discretion, any and all appropriate action against persons violating this policy, including actions not set forth above.
Although teachers and staff do their best to monitor student use of the Internet, the nature of the network makes it impossible to guarantee that students will never gain access to inappropriate areas. The network may be used for instructional activities only. If it is determined that a student has been suing the system in an inappropriate activity, the student’s computer network privilege will be withdrawn. Staff and students must report to the building administrator any known violations of this policy.