IJNDB-R: Student Computer/Device and Internet Use Rules
REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT NO. 18
STUDENT COMPUTER/DEVICE AND INTERNET USE RULES
All students are responsible for their actions and activities involving school unit computers/devices, network and Internet services, and for their computer files, passwords and accounts. These rules provide general guidance concerning the use of the School Unit's computers/devices and examples of prohibited uses. The rules do not attempt to describe every possible prohibited activity by students. Students, parents and school employees who have questions about whether a particular activity is prohibited are encouraged to contact a building administrator or the Technology Director. These rules apply to all school computers/devices wherever used, and all uses of school servers, Internet access and networks regardless of how they are accessed.
A. Acceptable Use
1. The School Unit's computers/devices, network and Internet services are provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the School Unit's educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals.
2. Students must comply with all Board policies, school rules and expectations concerning student conduct and communications when using school computers/devices, whether on or off school property.
3. Students also must comply with all specific instructions from school employees and volunteers when using the School Unit's computers/devices.
4. Students are required to provide their passwords for any school-issued computers/devices to the building administrator.
B. Prohibited Uses
Unacceptable uses of School Unit computers/devices include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Accessing or Communicating Inappropriate Materials - Students may not access, submit, post, publish, forward, download, scan or display defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying/cyberbullying and/or illegal materials or messages.
2. Illegal Activities - Students may not use the School Unit's computers/devices, network and Internet services for any illegal activity or in violation of any Board policy/procedure or school rules. The School Unit assumes no responsibility for illegal activities of students while using school computers/devices.
3. Violating Copyrights or Software Licenses - Students may not copy, download or share any type of copyrighted materials (including music or films) without the owner's permission. Unauthorized copying of software is illegal and may subject the copier to substantial civil and criminal penalties. The School Unit assumes no responsibility for copyright or licensing violations by students. See Board policy/procedure EGAD - Copyright Compliance.
4. Downloading "Apps" - Students may not download any "apps" without prior approval from an authorized school employee.
5. Plagiarism - Students may not represent as their own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, music, etc.). When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and web site must be identified.
6. Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access - Students may not share passwords (except with authorized school employees); use other users' passwords; access or use other users' accounts; or attempt to circumvent network security systems.
7. Malicious Use/Vandalism - Students may not engage in any malicious use, disruption or harm to the School Unit's computers/devices, network and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities and creation/uploading of computer viruses.
8. Avoiding School Filters - Students may not attempt to or use any software, utilities or other means to access Internet sites or content blocked by the school filters. If a student believes filtering should be less restrictive on a temporary basis for specific, bona fide research purposes, he/she should discuss the matter with his/her teacher.
9. Unauthorized Access to Blogs/Social Networking Sites, Etc. - While at school, students may not access blogs, social networking sites, etc. to which student access is prohibited.
C. Compensation for Losses, Costs and/or Damages
The student and his/her parents are responsible for compensating the School Unit for any losses, costs or damages incurred for violations of Board policies/procedures and school rules while the student is using School Unit computers/devices, including the cost of investigating such violations. The School Unit assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or costs incurred by a student while using School Unit computers/devices.
D. Student Security
A student is not allowed to reveal his/her full name, address, telephone number, social security number, photograph or other personal information on the Internet while using a school computer/device without prior permission from a teacher. Students should never agree to meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental permission. Students should inform their teachers if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them uncomfortable in any way.
E. System Security
The security of the School Unit's computers/devices, network and Internet services is a high priority. Any student who identifies a security problem must notify his/her teacher or building administrator immediately. The student shall not demonstrate the problem to others or access unauthorized material.
F. Additional Rules for Devices Issued to Students
1. Laptops/iPads are loaned to students as an educational tool and may be used for purposes specifically authorized by school employees and the MLTI program.
2. Regional School Unit 18 agrees to host annual parent meeting(s) to orient parents on the program, goals, and expectations of the MLTI project.
3. Students and their families are responsible for the proper care of devices at all times, whether on or off school property, including costs associated with repairing or replacing the devices. Regional School Unit 18 offers a protection program for parents to cover replacement costs and/or repair costs for damages not covered by the device warranty. Parents who choose not to purchase insurance should be aware that they are responsible for any costs associated with loss, theft or damage to a device issued to their child.
4. If a device is lost or stolen, this must be reported to the building administrator immediately. If a device is stolen, a report should be made to the local police or school resource officer immediately.
5. The Board's policy and rules concerning computer and Internet use apply to use of devices at any time or place, on or off school property. Students are responsible for obeying any additional rules concerning care of devices issued by school staff. Students may not take a District owned device out of Maine for either a brief or extended trip without express authorization by the building administrator.
6. Violation of policies or rules governing the use of computers/devices, or any careless use of a device, may result in a student's device being confiscated and/or a student only being allowed to use the device under the direct supervision of school employees. The student will also be subject to disciplinary action for any violations of Board policies/procedures or school rules.
7. Parents are responsible for supervising their child's use of the device and Internet access when in use at home.
8. The device may only be used by the student to whom it is assigned and family members to the extent permitted by the MLTI program.
9. All use of school-loaned devices by all persons must comply with the school's Student Computer/Device and Internet Use Rules.
10. Devices must be returned in acceptable working order at the end of the school year or whenever requested by school staff.
G. Additional Rules for Use of Privately-Owned Computers/Devices by Students (in lieu of School-Issued Computers/Devices)
1. A student who wishes to use a privately-owned computer/device in school in lieu of a school-issued computer/device must complete a Student Request to Use Privately-Owned Computer/Device form. The form must be signed by the student, his/her parent, a sponsoring teacher, the building administrator and the Technology Director. There must be an educational basis for any request.
2. The Technology Director will determine whether a student's privately-owned computer/device meets the School Unit's network requirements.
3. Requests may be denied if it is determined that there is not a suitable educational basis for the request and/or if the demands on the School Unit's network or staff would be unreasonable.
4. The student is responsible for proper care of his/her privately-owned computer/device, including any costs of repair, replacement or any modifications needed to use the computer at school.
5. The School Unit is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of any privately-owned computer/device.
6. Students are required to comply with all Board policies, administrative procedures and school rules while using privately-owned computers/devices at school.
7. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of a privately-owned computer/device while at school. The School Unit reserves the right to search a student's privately-owned computer/device if there is reasonable suspicion that the student has violated Board policies, administrative procedures or school rules, or engaged in other misconduct while using the computer/device.
8. The School Unit may confiscate any privately-owned computer/device used by a student in school without authorization as required by these rules. The contents of the computer may be searched in accordance with applicable laws and policies.
9. Violation of any Board policies, administrative procedures or school rules involving a student's privately-owned computer/device may result in the revocation of the privilege of using the computer at school and/or disciplinary action.
Cross Reference: IJNDB - Student Use of School-Issued Computers, Devices and the Internet
Date of Adoption: August 5, 2009
Date of Revision: September 9, 2015