ST. LUKE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School (SLCES) students have access to technology and electronic information services for the purpose of enhancing their understanding of the curriculum. The School attempts to make up-to-date technology available to all students to enhance the education of each student and to prepare them for future careers. This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) must be signed and returned to the school in order for your child to use SLCES’s technology resources for Internet access and educational purposes. The term “educational purposes” includes classroom related activities, educationally relevant research, and other school related activities. The network was not established as a public access service or a public forum. The School reserves the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material and network resources accessed. Students are expected to follow the rules set forth in the Student Conduct Code as well as State and Federal law in their use of the SLCES’s technology resources.

The Internet and electronic networks allow students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and access to information in all subject areas. The purpose of the AUP is to protect students, parents/guardians, and the School by setting rules for the use of this medium.

Student Internet Access

Students will have access to Internet information through their classroom, library, or school Chromebook devices.  Each student and a parent/guardian must sign this account agreement to be granted use of the SLCES Technology Network.  A parent/guardian may withdraw their approval at any time. Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of appropriate online behavior and network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following:

1.  Internet Protection Measure

To comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the School has in place an Internet content filter that protects against internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or with respect to use of the computers by minors, harmful to minors. The School will make every effort to filter objectionable content but cannot guarantee breaches of this filter as the Internet is constantly adding new pages and content.  The Internet filter is updated nightly and provides monitoring and reporting capabilities for all activities.

2.  Internet Safety/Cybersafety

Students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

     3.  Personal Information and Social Networking

Students will not share personal contact information about themselves or other people (i.e. address, telephone number, school address, etc.). Access to social networking sites and chat room communication is not allowed. Students will promptly notify teachers or another school employee if they receive any messages or encounter web pages that are inappropriate or make them feel uncomfortable.

4.  Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is defined as intentional harm inflicted through electronic media and includes, but is not limited to, sending or posting on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies harassing messages, direct threats, socially cruel, intimidating, terrorizing, or otherwise harmful text or images, as well as breaking into another person’s account and assuming that person’s identity for harmful purposes.  Students shall not use technological resources to participate in cyberbullying.

5.  Illegal Activities and Vandalism

Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to SLCES’s Technology Network nor any other computer system through SLCES’s Technology Network nor go beyond their authorized access (i.e. log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files). Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by uploading, creating, or spreading computer viruses or any other means.  Students will not use the network for illegal activities such as “hacking” or vandalize technology resources.

6.  Technology Resources

SLCES assumes no liability for lost, stolen, or damaged devices used by students.  If the device is lost, stolen, broken, or not returned at the end of the period, the parent/guardian will be responsible to pay all repair or replacement costs.  SLCES staff will determine the appropriate repair/replacement action and arrange for repairs or replacement.

7.  System Security

Students are responsible for their accounts and will take all precautions to prevent others from using their accounts and will not share their login username and password.  Students will notify teachers or the administration if they have a security problem.

8.  Inappropriate Language

Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on web pages.  Students will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. Students will not engage in personal attacks or harassment.

9.  Respect for Privacy 

Students will not re-post a message that was sent to them privately without the permission of the person who sent the message.  Students will not post private information about another person.

10.  Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Students will not plagiarize works that they find using electronic resources. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as your own.

11.  Inappropriate Access to Material

Students will not use SLCES’s Technology Network to access material that is profane or obscene (i.e., pornography), or material that advocates illegal acts, violence or unlawful discrimination.

12.  Downloading

Downloading of programs and files is prohibited unless if the download is for a particular assignment. The student is first required to obtain permission from the classroom teacher, administrator, or librarian.

13.   E-mail, blogs, message boards, Instant Messaging, and personal web pages

Students may not use the Internet for IRC/talk/chat, blogs or network games. Mailing lists, personal e-mail or bulletin board services or message boards use are strictly prohibited unless in association with a supervised class project. Any screen that you type a message into is a message board. Students may not download and use Instant Messenger. (Examples: AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, Myspace, Facebook, Instagram). Students cannot work on personal web pages on school computers.

14.  Cell Phones and other electronic devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices must not disrupt the educational environment of SLCES. Use of these devices during scheduled class time is prohibited. SLCES acknowledges the need for students and families to communicate with cell phones, however; personal use of cell phones during the school day not allowed. 

15.  New and Evolving Technology

As new technologies emerge (i.e. internet resources, wireless devices, and portable technologies), they will also fall under the general tenets of this agreement. Accessing the internet outside of the district network by using personal communication devices to engage in any of these prohibited activities falls under the Student Conduct Code guidelines and regulations.

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Students’ Rights

1.  Free Speech

Students’ right to free speech, as set forth in the Student Conduct Code, applies also to their communication on network resources.

2.   Search and Seize

Students have only limited privacy as their account is not be considered personal and private and may be subject to inspection by authorized district employees.

3.  Due Process

SLCES will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through SLCES’s Technology Network.  In the event there is a claim that students have violated this Policy or the Student Conduct Code in the use of SLCES’s Technology Network, they will be provided written notice of the suspected violation and an opportunity to present an explanation before an administrator.

Limitations of Liability

SLCES makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the school’s system will be error free or without defect. SLCES is not responsible for any damage students may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. SLCES is not responsible for any damage students may suffer, including but not limited to, loss, physical damage, or theft of any personal devices.  SLCES is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. SLCES will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Because the privacy of system users is limited, SLCES will not be responsible for loss of personal information if that information is voluntarily disclosed by the students against the stipulations of this AUP.

“SLCES may suspend any individual’s access to School technology upon any violation of the AUP.”