7540 Network and Internet Acceptable Use

Current version

The Carmel Clay Schools provide network and Internet (hereafter referred to as Network) access to:

·         Support the achievement of the Indiana Common Core State Standards and Indiana content standards.

·         Enhance the development of 21st Century skills.

·         Provide access to information.

·         Encourage innovation and creativity.

Network access is a privilege, not a right, and as such, users take seriously the responsibilities associated with signing this user agreement.

Users should NOT use the Network to:

·         Access, create, send or receive, store, or display obscene materials.

·         Create or send threatening or libelous communications or communications which include vulgar, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate language.

·         Access or use other individuals’ accounts, information, or files without permission.

·         Access websites, files, or other information or resources using passwords not specifically assigned to themselves.

·         Pursue commercial or for-profit endeavors.

·         Wantonly waste district resources.

·         Damage, disable, or otherwise disrupt the operation of the Network.

·         Violate any local, state, or federal statutes, including but not limited to copyright law.

The Corporation recognizes it may not be possible to technologically limit all Internet access to only those materials that support and enrich the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable selection criteria. For this reason, at the discretion of the Corporation or the Superintendent, technology protection measures may be configured to protect against access to any material considered inappropriate for students to access. Further, the technology protection measures will not purposefully be disabled at any time that students may be using the Network to help protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act and/or Corporation policy and guidelines. Any student who attempts to disable the technology protection measures will be subject to discipline. The Superintendent or his designee may temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been blocked by the technology protection measures. The determination of whether material blocked shall be based on:

·         Curriculum concerns, including the content of the material and the intended use of the material.

·         Policy concerns.

·         Network concerns.

·         Safety concerns.

Users who find themselves inadvertently accessing inappropriate materials or resources are directed to immediately and discretely terminate that access and report the incident to a teacher.

Users are directed to exercise caution while online regarding the disclosure of personal information such as name, gender, home address, telephone number, and are encouraged not to respond to unsolicited online contact and to report to a teacher any online contacts which are frightening, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

The corporation may utilize a wide variety of third party web-based applications in its curriculum. Although these applications are widely used by the education community and support K-12 institutions, the terms of service for many sites require explicit parental permission for children under the age of 13. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule permits the corporation to provide the necessary consent for educational purposes. A list of the sites/apps with District-approved contracts can be found here: http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/district/instructional-technology/datpt

The Corporation may utilize third party web-based applications such as “Google Docs” in its curriculum. When using these applications, students and staff are discouraged from disclosing personally identifiable information. If, however, disclosure of personally identifiable information is necessary then the disclosure will only be required pursuant to applicable privacy laws such as CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA.  Parents may need to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information in order for certain students to use a web-based application. Google’s privacy policy can be found here: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

It is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees of the school district to assure the appropriate and effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of district operations. The smooth and reliable operation of the Network is dependent upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to stated guidelines.

Revised 1/11/16
Revised 7/17/13
Revised 5/15/12

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