Acceptable Use Policy for Internet, Network and Computers


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Milford School District: By logging on to this computer, you agree to the Milford School District’s Acceptable Use Policy for Internet, Network and Computers. The text of this can be found in the Staff and Student handbooks.

Policy #2295 Acceptable Computer, Network and Internet Use Policy
The Milford School District provides students and staff access to various technologies and the internet to use for teaching, learning or other school district business. The opportunity to use the network goes “hand in hand” with the responsibility to use computers and the internet properly. Access is a privilege, not a right, and that access requires responsibility. Safe and responsible use of the internet and the devices that connect to it is a priority of the Milford School District.
For purposes of this policy, "user” means any person authorized to access personal or School District computer systems and wired or wireless networks including, but not limited to, the Internet. Users are expected to demonstrate ethical behavior that is of the highest order when using technologies and when accessing the internet for teaching, learning and other school district business. Users are also expected to follow all guidelines stated in this policy as well as any additional guidance provided verbally or in writing by IT staff, teachers or administration.
Use of the Internet
Resources available on the internet vary in quality and appropriateness for school purposes; therefore, it is important that all users make sure that internet materials and information are school appropriate. Unlike other teaching and learning materials, the very nature of the internet may not allow for the same formal selection processes for internet resources as for textbooks and library resources, so the responsibility for appropriateness rests with users.
The use of the internet by students is for research and other educational purposes as assigned by a teacher or related to school curriculum and activities. Within the guidelines of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), freedom of speech and access to information will be honored.
Activities not permitted include, but are not limited to:
  1. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  2. Using obscene or offensive language
  3. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others online or any other behavior that can be
    considered bullying
  4. Damaging or disabling computers, computer systems or computer networks or bypassing
    or compromising the function of the internet content filtering systems
  5. Violating copyright laws
  6. Using others’ passwords, name or accounts
  7. Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files
  8. Engaging in illegal activities
  9. Hacking of any kind
  10. Soliciting or proselytizing for commercial ventures, political or religious causes, outside
    organizations or other non-School business related purposes
  11. Loading or downloading non-approved software applications like screensavers, games,
    graphics/multimedia utilities, etc. onto school computers
  12. Loading, downloading or accessing any content prohibited in an educational setting as
    determined by the Superintendent/designee.
Internet Safety
The Children’s internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act mandate specific strategies to foster safe and responsible use of technologies and to prevent adverse computer and internet use by school-age children. The District will allow students and staff to access instructional resources and information from the internet using District technologies and networks while protecting them from cybercrime and information inappropriate for minors. It will take the following steps to promote safe and appropriate online behavior:
1. Internet Policy agreement
This internet policy will be provided in staff and student/parent handbooks. Users will be required to
agree to adhere to the policy with a signature on an annual acknowledgement form and each time they
sign onto the network by accepting the electronic acceptable use reminder.
2. Content filtering
The District will use a content filtering package prescribed by and compliant with CIPA to block
obscenity, pornography and other sites deemed harmful to minors.
While the District will make every effort to choose and use appropriate filtering software, it recognizes
that filtering is not 100% effective and cannot guarantee that all objectionable material will be blocked.
The District also recognizes that the filter may block legitimate material that the student may be able to
access outside of school.
3. Supervision and monitoring
Teachers and staff will monitor, within reason, the use of computers, other technologies and the internet.
During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. Administrators, or their
designees, may review files and communications (including electronic mail) without notice to ensure that
users are using the system responsibly. Users should not have the expectation that District-managed files
and information are private.
Search of Social Media Accounts
School personnel are permitted to investigate alleged misconduct based on activity associated with a student’s social media account. During the investigation into a student’s alleged misconduct, school officials may request that a student VOLUNTARILY share a printed copy of specific communication from the student’s social media account that is relevant to the ongoing investigation.
School personnel shall not...
    • Require or request a student or a prospective student to disclose or to provide access to personal social
      media accounts through the student’s username, password or other means of authentication that provides
    • Require or request a student or a prospective student to access a personal social media account in the
      presence of a school employee in a manner that allows the employee to observe the social media account
      Compel a student to add anyone to the list of contacts associated with his or her social media account
    • Require, request, suggest, or cause a student to change the privacy settings associated with a personal
      social media account
    • Take action or threaten to take action against a student for refusing to disclose information related to
      social media accounts.
The District will develop and implement Information and Technology Literacy curriculum and instruction that promotes safe and appropriate online behavior, including interacting with others through social networking websites, chat rooms and other forms of messaging, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
Policy Violations
Any actions that might harm computer equipment, software, data, another user, or the internet, or that show disregard for the proper procedures set up for network access will not be tolerated. Violations of this  policy may result in restrictions or suspension of the user’s technology use or network privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action in accordance with the law, Board policy and administrative regulations. Further, any users of the School District's computer systems or networks who intentionally violate the District's policy and who intentionally damage the computer systems or network or misuse the internet shall assume legal and financial liability for such damage.
Approved: 9/1996
Revised: 5/2000, 1/2002, 5/2002, 6/2010, 2/2012, 1/2016, 5/2016
Child Internet Protection Act, 2000.
Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
Milford School District Policy # 2296, Copyright Compliance Policy.
Milford School District Policy # 5009, Pupil Safety and Violence
Prevention – Bullying.
RSA 189:70
Policy # 2296 Copyright Compliance Policy
The School Board recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization from the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempted purpose. Severe penalties may be imposed for unauthorized copying or using audio, visual or printed materials and computer software, unless the copying or using conforms to the "fair use" doctrine.
Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research.
The District encourages its employees to enrich the learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials. All District employees must comply with federal copyright laws, as well as publisher licensing agreements. Under no circumstances shall it be necessary for District employees to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties properly. The District cannot be responsible for any violations of copyright law by its employees.
Any staff member who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with the District’s procedures or is permissible under the law should contact the Superintendent/designee. The Superintendent/designee will assist staff in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected materials when such authorization is required.
Adopted: 2/2011