Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Agreement

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Louisa County Public Schools
2009-09

Printable Version
Adapted from Greenwich Public Schools AUP www.greenwichpublicschools.org



Personal Responsibility

We are pleased to offer the Louisa County Public Schools students access to the World Wide Web and other electronic networks. We believe that the advantages afforded by the rich, digital resources available today through the World Wide Web outweigh any disadvantage. However, access is a privilege, not a right, and carries with it responsibilities for all involved. Misuse means any violation of this agreement or any other use that is not included in the agreement but has the effect of harming another or his or her property.
Terms of the Agreement
It is assumed that parents grant their child the right to access the network unless a permission denial form is signed and returned.


Furthermore, please note that under no circumstances will K-12 student photos on the LCPS website be identified with first and last name unless otherwise, explicitly agreed to by the parents.

1. Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses. The District is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for educational purposes only. If you have any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is educational, you may consult with the person(s) designated by the school to help you decide.
2. Privacy. Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for your education. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

Failure to Follow the Agreement
Use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this agreement shall, at a minimum, have his or her access to the network and Internet terminated. The District may also take other disciplinary actions.

Unacceptable Uses of the Network may include:
a) Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. For example, do not engage in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); do not employ another’s password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than you is communicating or otherwise using his/her access to the network or the Internet; do not upload a work, virus, trojan horse, time bomb, or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; do not participate in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
b) Uses that jeopardize the security of student access and of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. For example, do not disclose or share your password with others; do not impersonate another user.
c) Uses that are commercial transactions. Students may not use the Louisa County Public Schools network to sell or buy anything over the Internet. You should not give others private information about yourself or others.

Student Photos on the Web

Using student pictures on the Louisa County Public Schools website promotes learning, collaboration and provides an opportunity to share the achievements of students. However, safety of students is a priority. The school website will follow all procedures for content, copyright and appropriateness per Web Publishing Procedures (E050.1).

Images of K-12 students may be included in the website without identifying captions or names. In grades 9-12, websites may include full names for student work/honors without accompanying images. Any exceptions to this guideline, available in grades 9-12 only, will be communicated and signed-off by individual parents through Louisa County Public Schools personnel.

Parents may opt out of any use of image/student work by indicating their wishes on this Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Agreement.


Internet Safety


· Parents and Users. Despite every effort for supervision and filtering, all users and their parents/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school-aged students. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the network and Internet and avoid these sites.

· Personal Safety. In using the network and Internet, users should not reveal personal information such as home address or telephone number. Users should never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone “met” on the computer network or the Internet without a parent’s permission if under 18 years of age.

· “Hacking” and Other Illegal Activities. It is a violation of this agreement to use the school’s computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any use which violates state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is strictly prohibited.

· Confidentiality of Student Information. Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian, or, if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student himself/herself. Users should never give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet. A supervising teacher or administrator may authorize the release of directory information, as defined by law, for internal administrative purposes or approved educational projects or activities.

· Active Restriction Measures. The District will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful to minors. The school will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or technological means.

Use of New Web Tools

Online communication is critical to our students’ learning of 21st Century Skills and tools such as blogging and podcasting offer an authentic, real-world vehicle for student expression. Again, as educators, our primary responsibility to students is their safety. Hence, expectations for classroom blog, student protected e-mail, podcast projects or other Web interactive use must follow all established Internet safety guidelines.
Blogging/Podcasting Terms and Conditions:
· Students using blogs, podcasts or other web tools are expected to act safely by keeping ALL personal information out of their posts.
· Students using such tools agree to not share their user name or password with anyone besides their teachers and parents and treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is also inappropriate for a blog.
· Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project and/or be subject to consequences appropriate to misuse.
Netiquette
Netiquette. All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:
· Be polite. Use appropriate language and graphics. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.
· Avoid language and/or graphic representations which may be offensive to other users. Don’t use network or Internet access to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, or other material which is based on slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.
· Do not assume that a sender of e-mail is giving his or her permission for you to forward or redistribute the message to third parties or to give his/her e-mail address to third parties. This should only be done with permission or when you know that the individual would have no objection.


World Wide Web Access OR Student Photos on the Web
Denial Form

If you DO NOT want your son or daughter to have Network access, please return this form to the technology coordinator at your child’s school.

School Grade:

Name of Student_

AB/Homeroom House (if GHS) _ E-Mail _

Address

City, State

Phone # _

Zip _ Date

q As the parent or legal guardian of the student named above, I do not grant permission for my son or daughter to access the school network services including Internet services provided by the Louisa County Public Schools.


q As a parent or legal guardian or the student named above, I do not grant permission for my son or daughter’s photo without identifying name or caption to appear on the Louisa County Public Schools website.


Parent (Guardian) Signature: __

**You will be sent confirmation of receipt of this form. Please e-mail us if you do not receive confirmation within two weeks.