Internet and Other Electronic Media
and On-Line Connections
AR IJNDB-R Use of Technology Resources in Instruction
Purpose and scope
This administrative rule is adopted to implement the district's Internet acceptable use policy. While the rule primarily addresses utilization of the Internet and other electronic online connection services, it also applies, where appropriate, to the general use of district-owned computer hardware and software.
Terms and conditions of use
The purpose of the district's decision to provide Internet access is to allow an expanded opportunity for education, research and professional development by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. All use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational and staff development objectives of the district. Use of any organizations’ network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state laws or regulations is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Violations will result in appropriate disciplinary action against the staff member or student involved.
Accessing inappropriate sites
Student Internet activities will be monitored by the district to ensure students are not accessing inappropriate sites that have visual depictions that include obscenity, child pornography or are harmful to minors. The school district uses CIPA approved technology protection measures to protect students from inappropriate access in addition to monitoring.
The district will provide reasonable notice of and at least one public hearing or meeting to address and communicate its Internet safety measures.
District and school computer technicians who are working with a computer and come across sexually explicit images of children must report this to local law enforcement. The report must include the name and address of the owner or person in possession of the computer.
The district will educate minors about appropriate, safe and secure online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. The superintendent or his/her designee will develop a program to educate students on these issues in accordance with Internet safety standards and grade bands published on the state department of education website.
Students, parents/legal guardians, teachers and staff members should be aware that the district may take disciplinary actions for conduct initiated and/or created off-campus involving the inappropriate use of the Internet or web-based resources if such conduct poses a threat or substantially interferes with or disrupts the work and discipline of the schools, including discipline for student harassment and bullying.
Procedures for use
Employees may access the Internet for educational or work-related purposes at any time that is not disruptive and does not interfere with the performance of other responsibilities by the employee or other staff members.
Students will be allowed to access the Internet only under the supervision of designated staff. No students may access the Internet without permission.
Rules governing use
The following guidelines for acceptable use will be applicable.
• Users are expected to employ appropriate net etiquette; profanity, vulgarity or abusive, inappropriate language is prohibited. Illegal activities are forbidden, including unauthorized access or “hacking” by any users.
• Users are not to reveal their personal address or phone number or that of other individuals, students or colleagues.
• Users are not to use another school's or individual's account without written permission from that school or individual.
• Vandalism will not be tolerated. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, malicious damage to hardware; harm or destruction of software or the data of another user; and creating, uploading or downloading computer viruses.
• Users should consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property. All quotes, references and sources should be cited.
• Users are not to access inappropriate or restricted information or other information not directly related to the educational or staff use purposes for which access is being provided. Restricted information includes obscene, libelous, indecent, vulgar, profane or lewd materials; advertisements for products or services not permitted to minors by law; insulting, fighting and harassing words; and other materials which may cause a substantial disruption of the academic environment.
• Users should remain on the system only as long as necessary to complete their work so that other individuals will have equal opportunities to access the Internet. Users are not to disrupt, harass or annoy other users.
• The system is not to be utilized for financial or commercial gain or for personal use other than professional activities.
Penalties for improper use
An employee who violates the terms of this administrative rule will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the nature of the offense, including cancellation of Internet privileges, suspension or termination if circumstances so warrant. Students who violate the terms of this administrative rule or who otherwise misuse their access to the Internet also will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the district's code of student conduct to include suspension or expulsion if circumstances so warrant. Violations of the laws of the United States or the State of South Carolina also may subject the user to criminal prosecution. If a user incurs unauthorized costs, the user, as well as the user's parents/legal guardians (if the user is a student) will be responsible for all such costs.
Issued 11/12/96; Revised 5/26/98, 1/8/02, 5/22/12