Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Computer/Network/Internet Use Policy

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Acceptable Computer/Network/Internet Use Policy
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Lauderdale County School District

Acceptable Computer/Network/Internet Use Policy

Introduction

The goal of the Lauderdale County School District in providing network services to teachers, staff, and students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Internet is an electronic communications network that provides vast, diverse, and unique resources. The purpose of providing these resources is to improve learning, teaching through research, teacher training, collaboration, dissemination, and the use of global communication resources. Lauderdale County School District provides computer equipment, computer services, and Internet access to its students and staff for educational purposes only. The guidelines in this document are there to help facilitate this goal and they must be adhered to by all who access the network.

Acceptable Use

The use of Lauderdale County School District’s network/Internet is to support research and education in and between schools and academic institutions by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of the network/Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Lauderdale County School District.

·         Transmitting, accessing, or retransmitting any material(s) in furtherance of any illegal act or conspiracy to commit any illegal act in violation of local, state, or federal law or regulations and/or school district policy is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted materials, threatening or obscene materials, harassing, pornographic or materials protected by trade secret.

·         Users will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming” (that is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to large numbers of people).

·         Users shall not access, transmit, or retransmit any material that promotes violence or the destruction of property by devices including, but not limited to, the use of firearms, explosives, fireworks, smoke bombs, incendiary devices, or other similar materials.

·         Use for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable.

·         Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

·         Users shall not use the network for any illegal activity including, but not limited to, unauthorized access including hacking.

·         Attempting to bypass network controls and filters by any means is prohibited.

·         Unapproved remote access to the LCSD network is strictly prohibited.

·         Users shall not use the passwords of others to access the network or any other electronic communication or telecommunication services unless approved by the site administrator, district technology staff, or the superintendent.

 

 

Privileges

The use of Lauderdale County School District services is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges. The site and/or network administrator(s) will deem what is inappropriate use, take appropriate action, and determine consequences. Also, the site and/or network administrator(s) may deny access at any time as required. Users should report any security issue of a questionable nature to the proper site or network administrator.

 

Filtering

Lauderdale County School District is CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) compliant. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA. In accordance with CIPA, Lauderdale County School District utilizes several different forms of filtering and network monitoring devices. However, users must also recognize that no filtering system is perfect, and that in the event inappropriate material is accessible, the District shall not be held liable. Accessible inappropriate material should be reported immediately to your site administrator or network administrator.

 

Etiquette (Network Etiquette)

The use of access requires that you abide by accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following:

 

*BE POLITE. Do not send abusive or harassing messages to ANYONE.

 

*USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE. In all messages, do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Anything pertaining to illegal activities is strictly forbidden. (Note that E-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal or violent activities must be reported to authorities and appropriate action will be taken.)


*PRIVACY. Do not reveal or provide the personal address, phone number, or other information about yourself or any other person. Lauderdale County School District will not disclose any personal information about students. Any user will immediately report to the LCSD any attempt by other internet users to engage in inappropriate conversations or personal contact. The system administrators and approved staff are required to monitor activity on all devices accessing the LCSD network. There should be no expectation of privacy on any device accessing the LCSD network. Any information on your school computer/email is LCSD property and may be searched at any time without notice.

 

*CONNECTIVITY. Do not use the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by others. Users should not use the district network with activities that put a strain on network resources and bandwidth such as: online games, music, running resident programs such as chat, instant messenger service (AOL, MSN, Yahoo, etc.) All use should serve an instructional purpose and be educational in nature.

 

*EDUCATION. Lauderdale County School District staff will educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The training provided will address:

           I. The Standards and acceptable use of Internet Services as set forth in the Lauderdale County School District’s Internet Safety Policy.

          II. Student safety with regard to:

                 a.       Safety on the Internet;

                 b.      Appropriate behavior while online

                 c.       Cyberbullying awareness and response.

                 d.      Safe and appropriate use on social networking websites, and in chat rooms while away from school.

 

Services

Lauderdale County School District will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by our own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Lauderdale Count School District network services, is at your own risk. Lauderdale County School District denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through network services.

 

Use of Personal Devices

Use of personally owned equipment will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Users must first notify the Computer Department of such anticipated use. Any device that accesses the district network must be approved by the Computer Department and meet minimum standards with regards to anti-virus and spyware protection prior to use. This includes, but is not limited to personal computers, notebooks, laptops, tablets,eReaders, Internet capable phones, and other devices. LCSD or its employees will not be held liable for any damage, theft or loss of personally owned equipment. Users will assume all risks associated with the use of the personally owned equipment within the LCSD and on the LCSD network. LCSD computer department will not be responsible for the upkeep or maintenance of personal devices used on the network.

 

Maintenance

Users agree not to allow anyone to work on Lauderdale County School District computers and network equipment without the permission of the District Technology Staff. This includes but is not limited to, unapproved installation of software, hardware, or network devices/cabling.

 

Security

Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem within the Lauderdale County School District network, you must notify a system administrator either in person or via the network. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use forged messages or post anonymous messages. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Lauderdale County School District network services. Under no conditions should a user provide his/her password to another person or use another person’s password.

 

Email and Messaging

Lauderdale County School District will retain district email on our server for a period of no more than three years. All email older than three years will be purged and deleted from our servers and no longer available. Email will be purged and deleted at the end of every month.

Vandalism

Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges and/or criminal prosecution. This includes, but is not limited to, contamination, deletion or reconfiguration of data or degradation of system performance in any way.

 

NOTE: The Lauderdale County School District will fully cooperate with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities conducted through the user’s internet account or access to the district network.

 

 

(Revised and Adopted on Nov. 2003)

 

(Revised May 2010)

 

(Revised May 2012)