Policy - 7540 Computer Technology and Networks

Last Revised on May 14, 2012

The Carmel Clay School Board is committed to the effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of Corporation operations. It also recognizes that safeguards have to be established to ensure that the Corporation’s investment in both hardware and software is achieving the benefits of technology and inhibiting negative side effects. 

The Superintendent is directed to establish administrative guidelines not only for proper acquisition of technology but also to provide guidance to staff and students concerning making appropriate and ethical use of the computers and other equipment as well as any networks that may be established. The responsibility for the educational value of Internet access is the joint responsibility of school staff, the students with access to the Internet, and their parents. 

The Corporation utilizes software and/or hardware to document online activity of students and protect against (e.g., filter or block) access to visual displays/depictions or other materials that that are obscene, objectionable, pornographic, and/or harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The district also provides for the education of students and staff members in accordance with the provisions of law and this policy.

Such training shall address:

  • Access by students to inappropriate matter on the Internet.
  • The safety and security of students while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of electronic communications including the disclosure of personally identifiable information.
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding students.
  • The dangers and consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking"), cyberbullying, and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online. 

The Superintendent shall establish appropriate procedures to inform both staff and students about disciplinary actions that will be taken if Corporation technology and/or networks are abused in any way or used in an illegal or unethical manner. 

This policy and the guidelines and agreements established by the Superintendent are to be made available for review by parents, members of the staff, and members of the community.

Reviewed: 03/02/16