The St. Clair R-13 School District believes in the right of students and staff members to have reasonable access to technology resources to be used in an appropriate and responsible manner.
This Acceptable Use Policy applies to any situation where any person (or persons) utilizes the St. Clair R-13 School District’s technology resources.
The purpose of the St. Clair R-13 School District is technology resources is twofold:
The use of each individual’s activity with the St. Clair R-13 School District’s technology resources must be in support of these purposes and consistent with the educational objectives of the St. Clair R-13 School District.
Inappropriate use of the St. Clair R-13 School District’s technology resources may result in a suspension or revocation of this access. Users must acknowledge their understanding of the general policy and guidelines as a condition of receiving access to these technology resources.
A. These guidelines should be followed concerning technology resources:
Respect the privacy of others. Do not seek information about, obtain copies of, or modify electronic information belonging to other users unless
explicitly authorized to do so by those users. do not share passwords with
other or use passwords not belonging to you.
Respect appropriate laws and copyrights. The distribution of programs, databases, and other electronic information resources is controlled by laws of copyright, licensing agreements, and trade secret laws.
Respect your school. The theft, mutilation, or abuse of technology resources violates the nature and spirit of your school environment and may result in suspension/cancellation of privileges, school disciplinary consequences, and/or criminal prosecution.
B. Activities involving use of the District’s technology resources must be in accord with employee handbook(s), student handbook(s), and relevant local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations.
C. Utilization of any District technology resource constitutes acceptance of the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy. Users acknowledge they have read and understand this Acceptable Use Policy and they shall be personally responsible for their acts or omissions in connection with utilization of this policy.
Accessing or viewing sexually explicit materials
Attempting to alter system software or hardware configurations
Causing congestion on a network by such things as the propagation of “chain letters” or “broadcasting” inappropriate messages to list or individuals
Deliberately attempting to degrade system performance or capability, or attempting to damage systems, software, or intellectual property of others
Disseminating of destructive/disruptive material
Downloading of non-educational files
Harassment of any sort
Intercepting or altering network packets
Malicious, international, or willful introducing and /or spreading of computer viruses
Misrepresenting your identity or affiliation in the use of information technology resources
Reproducing and/or distributing copyrighted materials without appropriate authorization
Sending or storing for retrieval patently harassing, intimidating, abusive or offensive material
Unauthorized copying or modifying files
Unauthorized us of registered trademarks
Unauthorized viewing or use of computer files, programs or any electronic information.
Using profanity, obscenity, or other offensive language
Using someone else’s identity and password for access to technology resources or otherwise attempting to evade, disable or “crack” password or other security provisions of systems on the network(s)
Using the resources for any purpose which violates federal or state laws
Using the resources for financial gain, of commercial activity, or for any illegal activity
Violating copyright and/or software agreements
Violating the privacy of other users
A. Internet and e-mail services are provided by the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet). Any users of the District’s resources must abide by the MOREnet’s Acceptable Use Policy, which may be viewed via the Internet at http://www.more.net/projects/member/aup.html.
B. Access to online resources will enable students, staff and community members to explore libraries, databases and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with users throughout the work. Families should be warned that some materials accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students form access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, far exceed any disadvantages. But ultimately, parents/guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using technology resources. To that end, The St. Clair R-13 School District supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether to allow their child to apply for access.
Assure proper use of system resources
Comply with intended use of the system
Discuss ethical questions that come up with a teacher, administrator, or appropriate staff member
Observe basic rules of courtesy in all communications
Protect St. Clair R-13 School District equipment
Report inappropriate newsgroup postings or e-mail messages received
Respect the privacy of other network users
To keep all pornographic material, inappropriate text files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the network form entering the District’s networks
To make all subscriptions to newsgroups and lists known to the building supervisor and/or technology coordinator (R-13 Staff only)
D. Responsible users may NOT:
Adopt their own domain names
Change any computer files that do not belong to the user
Create, transfer, or otherwise use any text, image, movie, or sound recording that contains pornography, profanity, obscenity, or language that offends or degrades others
Give their password to anyone
Send, receive, or utilize copyrighted or trademarked materials without permission
Transmit any materials in violation of any U.S. or state organization
Use any network(s) or the Internet for any illegal purpose
Use impolite or abusive language
Violate the rules of common sense and etiquette
It should be understood that this policy statement does not preclude prosecution of cases involving criminal misconduct under the laws and regulations of localities.
* On the back page of your Student Handbook you will find a Student’s Contract for Access to Technology Resources. Please Sign & Date this contract and return it to the appropriate first hour teacher.