Ten Broeck Academy and Franklinville Central Schools implement an electronic communications system compromised of computers, networks, and the Internet that allows opportunities for students, staff and patrons to communicate, learn, access and publish information. The District believes that the resources available through this network and the skills that students will develop in using it are of significant value in the learning process and their success in the future. These opportunities also pose many challenges including, but not limited to, access for all students, age level appropriateness of material, security, and cost of maintaining ever more elaborate systems. The District will endeavor to ensure that these concerns are appropriately addressed, but cannot insure that problems will not arise.
By providing these opportunities, the District intends only to provide a means for educational activities and does not intend to create a first amendment forum for free expression purposes. The District dedicates the property comprising these resources, and grants access to them by users, only for the educational activities authorized under this policy and procedures and under the specific limitations contained therein.
The District directs the Superintendent to provide training and procedures that encourage the widest possible access to electronic information systems and networks by students, staff and patrons while establishing reasonable controls for the lawful, efficient and appropriate use and management of the system.
From time to time, the District will make a determination on whether specific uses of the system are consistent with its Educational Philosophy. For security and administrative purposes the District reserves the right to review system use and file content by authorized personnel. The District reserves the right to restrict or remove a user from the system to prevent further unauthorized activity.
When using these resources for class activities, teachers will select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students and that is relevant to the course objectives. Teachers will preview appropriateness of the material contained on or accessed through the site. Teachers will provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly. Teachers will assist their students in developing the skills to ascertain the truthfulness of information and distinguish fact from opinion.
The purpose of these resources is to assist in preparing students for success in life and work in the 21st century by providing them with electronic access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with people throughout the world. Additionally, the system will be used to increase System intercommunication, enhance productivity, and assist the System’s employees in upgrading their skills through greater exchange of information with their peers. The District will also work to share information with the local community, including parents, social service agencies, government agencies, and businesses.
Users may not use these resources for commercial purposes, defined as offering or providing goods or services or purchasing goods or services for personal use.
The District’s employees may use the system to communicate with their elected representatives and to express their opinion on political issues, but not for political lobbying.
The term “educational purpose” includes use of the system for classroom activities, professional or career development, and limited high quality self discovery activities.
Unacceptable Uses of Resources
Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the District system or to any other computer system through the District System, or go beyond their authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of “browsing”.
Users will not use the District system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal activity, threatening the safety of a person, or etc.
Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account. Under no conditions should a user provide their password to another person.
Users will immediately notify the system administrator if they have identified a possible security problem. Users will not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
Users will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the District’s virus protection procedures if they download software.
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
Users will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a user is told by a person to stop sending them messages, they must stop.
Users will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
Respect for Privacy
Users will not repost messages.
Users will not post private information about another person.
Respecting Resource Limits
Users will use the system only for educational and professional or career development activities, and limited, high quality, self discovery activities.
Users will not download large files, unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, users will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to their personal computer.
Users will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming”. Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
Users will check their email frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within their email quota.
Users will subscribe only to high quality discussion group mail lists that are relevant to their education or professional/career development.
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user.
Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
Inappropriate Access To Material
Users will not use these resources to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature).
If a user inadvertently accesses such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school. This will protect users against an allegation that they have intentionally violated the Acceptable Use Policy.
Enforcement of AUP
Ten Broeck Academy and Franklinville Central Schools uses a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that are not on accordance with District Policy.
The Technology Coordinator or his designee may override the technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access for a student to access a site with legitimate educational value that is wrongly blocked by the technology protection measure that blocks our filters Internet access.
The District’s technology staff will monitor the Internet use history to ensure enforcement of the policy.
District Web Site
District Web Site. The District will establish a Web site and will develop Web pages that will present information about the District. The Technology Coordinator and Microcomputer Support Specialist(s) will be designated the Webmaster(s) and be responsible for maintaining the District Web site.
School or Class Web. Schools and classes may establish Web pages that present information about the school or class activities. These should be forwarded to the Technology Coordinator or Microcomputer Support Specialist(s) for review by the Technology Committee and upon approval by the Committee posted on the District Web Site.