Saturday, May 20, 2006

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APPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY

The Tuba City Unified School District # 15 recognizes the educational and professional value of electronics-based information technology, both as a means of access to enriching information and as a tool to develop skills that students need.

The district's technology exists for the purpose of maximizing the educational opportunities and achievement of district students. The professional enrichment of the staff, Board, studentsí families and other patrons of the district are assisted by technology, but are secondary to the ultimate goal of student achievement.

Use of technology resources in a disruptive, inappropriate or illegal manner impairs the district's mission, squanders resources and will not be tolerated. A consistently high level of personal responsibility is expected of all users granted access to the district's technology resources. Development of students' personal responsibility is itself an expected benefit of the district technology program.

Privacy

All district technology resources are considered school property. The district may maintain or improve technology resources at any time. The district may remove, change or exchange hardware or other technology between buildings, classrooms, employees, students or any other user at any time, without prior notice. Authorized district personnel may load or delete new programs or information, install new equipment, upgrade any system or enter any system to correct problems at any time.

The district may examine all information stored on district technology resources at any time. The district may monitor employee and student technology usage. Electronic communications, all data stored on the district's technology resources and downloaded material including files deleted from a user's account may be intercepted, accessed or searched by district administrators or designees at any time.

Violations of Technology Usage Policies and Procedures

Use of the district's technology resources is a privilege, not a right. A user's privileges may be suspended pending an investigation concerning use of the district's technology resources. Any violation of district policy, regulations or procedures regarding technology usage may result in temporary, long-term or permanent suspension of user privileges.

The administration may use disciplinary measures to enforce district policy, regulations and procedures. Students may be suspended or expelled for violating the district's policies, regulations and procedures. Employees may be disciplined or terminated for violating the district's policies, regulations and procedures. Any attempted violation of district policy, regulations or procedures regardless of the success or failure of the attempt may result in the same discipline or suspension of privileges as that of an actual violation.

Content Filtering and Monitoring

The district will monitor the on-line activities of all employees and students and operate a technology protection measure ("filtering/blocking device") for all computers with Internet access, as required by law. The filtering/blocking device will protect against accessing sites that are obscene, harmful to minors and child pornography as required by law. Evasion, disabling, or attempting to evade or disable a filtering/blocking device installed by the district is prohibited.

The superintendent, designee, or the district's technology administrator may disable the district's filtering/blocking device to enable an adult user access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. In making decisions to disable the district's filtering/blocking device, the administrator shall consider whether the use will serve a legitimate educational purpose or otherwise benefit the district.

General Rules and Responsibilities

All users of the district technology resources will follow the following rules and responsibilities:

1. Users shall not use streaming media such as Internet Radio, Internet Video Chat, IIRC, Internet Games, or other streaming technology unless directly related to the userís job performance or lesson plan. The internet is for educational and professional purposes only.

2. Applying for a user ID under false pretenses is prohibited.

3. Using another person's user ID and/or password is prohibited.

4. Sharing one's user ID and/or password with any other person is prohibited.

5. A user will be responsible for actions taken by any person using the ID or password assigned to the user.

6. Deletion, examination, copying or modification of files and/or data belonging to other users without their prior consent is prohibited.

7. Personal email during class time or work time is discouraged, unless educationally appropriate.

8. Unless authorized by the district, non-educational Internet usage is prohibited.

9. Use of district technology for soliciting, advertising, fund-raising, commercial purposes or for financial gain is prohibited, unless authorized by the district.

10. Accessing fee services without permission from an administrator is prohibited. A user who accesses such services without permission is solely responsible for all charges incurred.

11. Users are required to obey all laws, including criminal, copyright, privacy, defamation and obscenity laws. The school district will render all reasonable assistance to local, state or federal officials for the investigation and prosecution of persons using district technology in violation of any law.

12. Accessing, viewing or disseminating information using district resources that is pornographic, obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors or obscene to minors, libelous, pervasively indecent or vulgar, or advertising any product or service not permitted to minors is prohibited.

13. Accessing, viewing or disseminating information on any product or service not permitted to minors is prohibited unless under the direction and supervision of district staff for curriculum-related purposes.

14. Accessing, viewing or disseminating information using district resources, that constitutes insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injures or harasses other people (e.g. threats of violence, defamation of character or of a person's race, religion or ethnic origin); presents a clear and present likelihood that, because of their content or their manner of distribution, will cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities; or will cause the commission of unlawful acts or the violation of lawful school regulations is prohibited.

15. Any use which has the purpose or effect of discriminating or harassing any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or the violation of any person's rights under applicable laws is prohibited.

16. Any unauthorized, deliberate, or negligent action that damages or disrupts technology, alters its normal performance or causes it to malfunction is prohibited, regardless of the location or the duration of the disruption.

17. Users may only install and use licensed software, audio or video media purchased by the district or approved for use by the district. All users will adhere to the limitations of the district's technology licenses. Copying for home use is prohibited unless permitted by the district's license and approved by the district.

18. At no time will district technology or software be removed from the district premises, unless authorized by the district.

19. All users will use the district's property as it was intended. Technology or technology hardware will not be lifted, moved or relocated without permission from an administrator.

20. All damages incurred due to the misuse of the district's technology will be charged to the user. The district will hold all users accountable for the damage incurred and will seek both criminal and civil remedies, as necessary.

Technology Security and Unauthorized Access

1. All users shall immediately report any security problems or misuse of the district's technology resources to a teacher or administrator.

2. No person will be given access to district technology if he/she is considered a security risk by the superintendent or designee.

3. Use of district technology resources in attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to any technology system or the files of another is prohibited.

4. Use of district technology to connect to other systems, in evasion of the physical limitations of the remote system, is prohibited.

5. The unauthorized copying of system files is prohibited.

6. Intentional or negligent attempts, whether successful or unsuccessful, to interfere with the ability of others to utilize any district technology are prohibited.

7. Any attempts to secure a higher level of privilege on the technology resources without authorization are prohibited.

8. The introduction of computer "viruses," "hacking" tools, or other disruptive/destructive programs into a school computer, the school network, or any external networks is prohibited.

On-Line Safety, Disclosure, Use, and Dissemination of Personal Information

1. Students will be instructed on the dangers of sharing personal information about themselves or others over the Internet..

2. Student users are prohibited from sharing personal information about themselves or others over the Internet, unless authorized by the district.

3. Student users shall not agree to meet with someone they have met on-line without parental approval.

4. A student user shall promptly disclose to his/her teacher or another school employee any message the user receives that is inappropriate or makes the user feel uncomfortable.

5. All district employees will abide by state and federal law and Board policies and district rules when communicating information about personally identifiable students.

6. Employees shall not transmit confidential student information using district technology, unless designated for that use. Employees will take precautions to prevent negligent disclosure of student information or student records.

7. No curricular or non-curricular publication distributed using district technology will include the address, phone number or e-mail address of any student without permission.

Electronic Mail

1. A user is responsible for all electronic mail ("e-mail") originating from the user's ID or password.

2. Forgery or attempted forgery of e-mail messages is illegal and prohibited.

3. Unauthorized attempts to read, delete, copy or modify e-mail of other users are prohibited.

4. Users are prohibited from sending unsolicited electronic mail, unless the communication is a necessary, employment-related function, or an authorized publication.

5. All users must adhere to the same standards for communicating on-line that are expected in the classroom, and consistent with district policies, regulations and procedures.

Exceptions

Exceptions to district rules will be made for district employees or agents conducting an investigation of a use which potentially violates the law, district policy, regulations or procedures. Exceptions will also be made for technology administrators who need access to district technology resources to maintain the district's resources or examine and delete data stored on district computers.

Waiver

Any user who believes he/she has a legitimate reason for using the district's technology in a manner which may violate any of the district's adopted policies, regulations and procedures may request a waiver from the building principal, superintendent or their designees. In making the decision to grant a waiver to a student, the administrator shall consider the purpose, age, maturity, and level of supervision involved.

No Warranty/No Endorsement

The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services, products or access it provides. The district's technology resources are available on an "as is, as available" basis.

The district is not responsible for the loss of data, delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions. The district does not guarantee the accuracy or quality of information obtained from the Internet, or use of its technology resources. Access does not include endorsement of content; or the accuracy of the information obtained