COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS USER GUIDELINES
The Acceptable Use Policy for the District’s computing and networked information systems adopted by the Board of School Directors defines the District’s position regarding the use by students and staff members of its computing and information systems, as well as Internet–based applications. The following guidelines are based on that policy and establish standards to acceptable use of all District computers, computer networks, information systems and Internet connections by staff. The guidelines provide a means by which the Administration will regulate staff use of the District’s computing and information systems.
The Pennridge School District’s computing and information systems are provided for a specific, limited purpose: to enhance the delivery of education. Consequently, the use of District computing and information systems shall be restricted to educational purposes, i.e., activities directly connected to, and which are a direct result of, the established school curriculum and/or the management of the school district. All staff members shall follow all regulations and meet all standards as set forth in this document. Failure to do so may result in loss of access privileges and/or other disciplinary action (see “Consequences”).
The District is responsible for defining reasonable boundaries for acceptable use of the District’s computing and informational system(s); educating students, staff and other users about the acceptable uses; providing general supervision; and enforcing the policies for acceptable use. The District cannot be responsible for direct supervision of every student or other user while they are using the Internet. The District will, however, make every attempt to provide a safe and secure computing and information management system for its users.
Teachers, within the reasonable scope of instructional responsibilities and/or assigned duties, are responsible for instructing students on the proper use of computing and information systems and ensuring that all students understand and follow district usage guidelines and rules.
Parents are responsible for providing their children with direction regarding restrictions above and beyond those imposed by the District. If the child has access to District/county/state/nation internet service from the home as part of the computing and information systems is predicated upon completion of a signed User Agreement. Parents are also responsible for reinforcing the provisions of the User Agreement.
Individual users are granted permission to use the District’s computing and networked information system(s) only by officials of the District. Individuals are responsible for obtaining permission to use the District’s computing and information systems and to complete and sign a User Agreement. Students are required to submit a signed User Agreement each school year. Individuals who do not have permission to use one or more of the District’s computers and who do not sign and return a User Agreement shall not use or attempt to use any District computer or information system. All individual users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner in accordance with District policy, accepted rules of network etiquette, and Federal and state law.
Specifically, the following are prohibited:
- Obtaining system privileges to which one is not authorized.
- Deliberately attempting to disrupt the performance of the District’s computer system(s) or to destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, to facilitate, advocate, condone or participate in illegal activities.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, for personal or private commercial or financial gain.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, to make unauthorized purchases of products and/or services inconsistent with current District purchasing policies and procedures.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, for non-school related work.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, for non-school related fund-raising.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, for political campaigning and/or lobbying.
- Use of inappropriate language on any District computer or information system including, but not limited to, that which is obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, disrespectful, threatening or inflammatory as determined by the appropriate supervisor.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, for hate mail, discriminatory remarks and false or defamatory material about a person or group.
- Displaying or generating images, sounds or messages (on screen, computers or printers) which could create an atmosphere of discomfort, intimidation or harassment to others.
- Violations of privacy including, but not limited to, revealing personal information about others.
- Use of any District computer, information system, or District–provided Internet–based application, to disrupt the work of others such as, but not limited to, intentionally obtaining or modifying files, passwords and/or data belonging to other users.
- Unauthorized use of a network address, use of pseudonyms or anonymous use.
- Copyright infringement or plagiarism, students, staff and other users should assume that all works, including, but not limited to Web designs, on the Internet are protected by the copyright laws, and thus, should make every attempt to request permission from the creator of the same to use this work.
- Loading or use of unauthorized, as determined by the District Technology Coordinator or his/her designee, software, games, programs, files or other electronic media.
- Creating and sending or forwarding electronic chain letters.
- “Spamming” which is sending an annoying, unnecessary and /or unsolicited electronic message.
- Actions which constitute the unauthorized copying, cross-assembling or reverse-compiling of programs and data provided by the District.
- Destruction, modification, abuse or removal from the District of any piece of computer hardware, software or network system.
- Wastefully using finite resources such as, paper, ink, and electronic memory resources.
- Posting of (for) unauthorized or inappropriate use personal contact information about themselves or others including, but not limited to name, home address, school address, work address, home telephone number, work telephone number, etc.
- The user shall be financially responsible for all costs associated with damage to hardware, systems and software resulting from deliberate or willful acts.
- The user will be reported to the appropriate legal authorities for possible prosecution for vandalism of any hardware, systems or software; intentional deletion or damage to files or data belonging to the District or others; copyright infringement or theft of services, etc.
- Access privileges may be suspended for a specific period of time, including permanently, as determined by the Superintendent and/or his/her designee.
- Students may be suspended or expelled, including permanently, for violations of the district’s Acceptable Use Policy and the guidelines promulgated thereunder.