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Acceptable Use Policy and Use Agreement

 

This policy shall be available for review by all parents, guardians, staff members, students, and members of the community during normal school hours.

 

The Linton-Stockton School Corporation is pleased to be able to offer access to the Internet through corporation resources. The Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, research, and communication.

            It is our policy that Internet accounts will be free to users, that it is a privilege to receive an Internet account, and that a responsible user of the Internet may keep an account as long as the user is a student or staff member of the Linton-Stockton School Corporation and adheres to the Acceptable Use Policy. The use of accounts must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Linton-Stockton School Corporation.

            The educational value of Internet access is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees of the school corporation. Before student accounts will be issued and before school resources are used for access to the Internet, students shall be part of a discussion about accepted usage policies and receive permission from a member of the professional staff.

            The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

 

  • Electronic mail communication with people all over the world
  • Information and news from government agencies and other research institutions
  • Public domain software and shareware of all types
  • Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics
  • Access to many University Library Catalogs, the library of Congress and ERIC

 

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Linton-Stockton School Corporation will take precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the Corporation. Parents/guardians should also be aware that it is possible for students to purchase goods and services via the Internet, and these purchases could potentially result in unwanted financial obligations for the parent/guardian. Improper use of the Internet could lead to criminal or civil fines and penalties.

 

      Responsible users may use the Internet to:

·         Research assigned classroom projects

·         Send electronic mail to other users

·         Explore other computer systems

 

Responsible users shall use generally accepted network etiquette to include (but not be limited to) the following:

·         Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

·         Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

·         Do not reveal your personal address, phone number, or password, or those of other students or colleagues. Do not respond to unsolicited on-line contact.

·         Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities and result in civil or criminal penalties and fines.

·         Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

·         All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.

 

Users may not use the Internet or corporation resources:

·         To access, upload download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials

·         To transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language

·         To violate any local, state, or federal stature

·         To vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another person or organization

·         To access another person’s materials, information, or files without the implied or direct permission of that person

·         To violate copyright or otherwise use another person’s intellectual property without his or her prior approval or proper citation

 

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege. Each student who receives an account will be part of a discussion with a Linton-Stockton School Corporation faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrators may close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff of Linton-Stockton School Corporation may request the system administrators to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts and privileges. Certain circumstances may warrant further discipline according to school handbook policies. If state, local, or federal statutes are broken, civil or criminal penalties may ensue. Parents of students are hereby notified of their children’s use of Corporation resources and accounts to access the Internet. Parents shall have the option to request alternative activities not requiring Internet access.

 

            The Linton-Stockton School Corporation makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Linton-Stockton School Corporation will not be responsible for any damages you suffer This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions, or the loss of information stored on school corporation diskettes, hard drives, or servers. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. Linton-Stockton School Corporation specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. Further this disclaimer shall include personal property used to access school corporation computers, networked, or on-line resources. The Corporation shall not be responsible for financial obligations resulting from the use of school corporation resources and accounts to access the Internet.

 

            All provisions of this policy are subordinate to local, state, and federal statute.