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TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLE USE Policy Code: 3225/7320

The board provides its students and staff access to a verity of technological resources that provide
opportunities to enhance learning and improve communication within the school community and
with the larger global community. Through the school system's technological resources, users
can observe events as they occur around the world, interact with others on a variety of subjects,
and acquire access to current and in-depth information.

The board intends that the use of technological resources should be integrated into the educational
program and that students and employees benefit from these resources while remaining within the
bounds of safe, legal and responsible use. Accordingly, the board establishes this policy to
govern students and employee use of school system technological resources. This policy applies
regardless of whether such use occurs on or off school system property, and it applies to all
school system technological resources, including but not limited to computer networks and
connections, the resources, tools and learning environments made available by or on the networks
and all devices that connect to those networks.

A. EXPECTATIONS FOR USE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES
The use of school system technological resources, including access to the Internet, is a
privilege, not a right. Individual users of the school system's technological resources are
responsible for their behavior and communications when using those resources.
Responsible use of school system technological resources is use that is ethical, respectful,
academically honest and supportive of student learning. General student and employee
behavior standards, including those prescribed in applicable board policies, the Code of
Student Conduct and other regulations and school rules apply to the use of the Internet
and other school technological resources.

Anyone who uses school system computers or electronic devices or who accesses the school
network or the Internet using school system resources must comply with the additional rules
for responsible use listed in Section B, below. These rules are intended to clarify
expectations for conduct but should not be construed as all-inclusive.

Before using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate online behavior as
provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety.

All students and employees must be informed annually of the requirements of this policy
and the methods by which they may obtain a copy of this policy. Before using school system
technological resources, students and employees must sign a statement indicating that they
understand and will strictly comply with these requirements. Failure to adhere to these
requirements will result in disciplinary action, including revocation of user privileges. Willful
misuses may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution under applicable
state and federal law.

B. RULES FOR USE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES


1. School system technological resources are provided for school-related purposes. Acceptable
uses of such technological resources are limited to responsible, efficient and legal
activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school system technological resources
for commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Student personal use of school system
technological resources for amusement or entertainment is also prohibited. Because
some incidental and occasional personal use by employees is inevitable, the board
permits infrequent and brief personal use by employees so long as it occurs on personal
time, does not interfere with school system business and is not otherwise prohibited by
board policy or procedures.

2. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school system be copied for
personal use.

3. Students and employees must comply with all applicable laws, including those
relating to copyrights and trademarks, confidential information, and public records. Any
use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited.

4. No user of technological resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic
communications, may engage in creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading,
storing, printing or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound
files, text files, documents, messages or other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane,
pornographic, harassing, abusive or considered to be harmful to minors.

5. The use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering is prohibited.

6. Users may not install or use any Internet-based file sharing program designed to
facilitate sharing of copyrighted material.

7. Users of technological resources may not post information that could be disruptive, cause
damage, or endanger students or staff.

8. Users of technological resources may not send electronic communications fraudulently
(i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).

9. Users must respect the privacy of others. When using e-mail, chat rooms, blogs or other
forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal personal identifying
information, or information that is private or confidential, such as the home address or
telephone number, credit or checking account information or social security number of
themselves or fellow students. In addition, school employees must not disclose on school
system websites or web pages or elsewhere on the Internet any personally identifiable,
private or confidential information concerning students (including names, addresses or
pictures) without the written permission of a parent or guardian or an eligible student,
except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or
policy 4700, Student Records. Users also may not forward or post personal
communications without the author's prior consent.

10. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers, computer systems, electronic
devices, software, computer networks or data of any user connected to school system
technological resources. Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit computer viruses
or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade or disrupt system performance.

11. Users may not create or introduce games, network communications programs or any foreign
program or software onto any school system computer, electronic device or network
without the express permission of the technology director or designee. Users may not
change settings on technological resources without the express permission of the
technology director or designee.

12. Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or unlawful activities, such as "hacking"
or using the computer network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful
access to other computers, computer systems or accounts.

13. Users are prohibited from using another individual's ID or password for any technological
resource without permission from the individual. Users may not read, alter, change, block,
execute or delete files or communications belonging to another user without the owner's
express prior permission.

14. Employees shall not use passwords or user IDs for any data system (e.g., NCWISE, CECAS,
time-keeping software, etc.) for an unauthorized or improper purpose.

15. If a user identifies a security problem on a technological resource, he or she must
immediately notify a system administrator. Users must not demonstrate the problem to other
users. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access.

16. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to supervise a student's use of the Internet during
instructional time.

17. Views may be expressed on the Internet or other technological resources as
representing the view of the school system or part of the school system only with prior
approval by the superintendent or designee.

C. RESTRICTED MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET

The Internet and electronic communications offer fluid environments in which students
may access or be exposed to materials and information from diverse and rapidly changing
sources, including some that may be harmful to students. The board recognizes that it is
impossible to predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access
or obtain. Nevertheless, school system personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent
students from accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic or
otherwise harmful to minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not
serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose. The superintendent shall ensure that technology
protection measures are used as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety, and are
responsible for the content accessed by users who connect to the Internet via their personal
mobile telephone technology (e.g. 3G, 4G service).

D. PARENTAL CONSENT

The board recognizes that parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the
standards their children should follow when using media and information sources.
Accordingly, before a student may independently access the Internet, the student's parents
must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain access to inappropriate
material while engaged in independent use of the Internet. The parent and student must
consent to the student's independent access to the Internet and to monitoring of the student's
e-mail communication by school personnel.

E. PRIVACY

No right of privacy exists in the use of technological resources. Users should not assume
that files or communications created or transmitted using school system technological
resources or stored on services or hard drives of individual computers will be private.
School system administrators or individuals designated by the superintendent may review files,
monitor all communication, and intercept e-mail messages to maintain system integrity and to
ensure compliance with board policy and applicable laws and regulations. School system
personnel shall monitor on-line activities of individuals who access the Internet via a schoolowned
computer.

F. PERSONAL WEBSITES


The superintendent may use any means available to request the removal of personal websites that
substantially disrupt the school environment or that utilize school system or individual school
names, logos or trademarks without permission.

1. Students

Though school personnel generally do not monitor students' Internet activity conducted
on non-school system devices during non-school hours, when the student's on-line
behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and
discipline in the schools, the student may be disciplined in accordance with board policy
(see the student behavior policies in the 4300 series).

2 . E m p l o y e e s


All employees must use the school system network when communicating with
students about any school-related matters. Thus, employees may not use personal websites
or on-line networking profiles to post information in an attempt to communicate with
students about school-related matters.

Employees are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at all times. Employees
are encouraged to block students from viewing personal information on employee personal
websites or on-line networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that students
could view materials that are not age-appropriate. If an employee creates and/or posts
inappropriate content on a website or profile and it has a negative impact on the employee's
ability to perform his or her job as it relates to working with students, the employee will be
subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. This section applies to all employees,
volunteers and student teachers working in the school system.

Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. I; Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5);
Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2522; Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.; 20 U.S.C. 6777; G.S. 115C-325(e),

Cross References: Curriculum and Instructional Guides (policy 3115), Technology in the
Educational Program (policy 3220), Internet Safety (Policy 3226/4205), Copyright Compliance
(policy 3230/7330), Web Page Development (policy 3227/7322), Student Behavior Policies (all
policies in the 4300 series), Student Records (policy 4700), Public Records (policy 5070), Use of
Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520), Staff Responsibilities (policy 7300)
Adopted: June 28, 2000
Revised: April 2, 2002 effective with the 2002-2003 school year
Replaced: January 4, 2011
Revised: December 11, 2012

 

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