Acceptable Use Policy for LRC
ACCEPTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF
Rules Regarding Acceptable and Responsible Use
Users are expected to use/access District Technology during the regular school day (7:30 AM. to
3:15 PM.) only for professional, educational, or other uses that further the District’s interests. In rare circumstances, the District recognizes that minimal personal use may be required during the regular school day. Users may use District Technology for personal uses before school and after school. Personal use of District Technology at all times must be consistent with District policies and procedures, State and federal laws, and the District’s interests. Priority must always be given to users for professional, educational, or other uses that further the District’s interests.
USERS OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY WILL:
Exhibit good digital citizenship by conducting themselves appropriately and following these six principles of being a Digital Citizen:
1. Respect Yourself. I will show respect for myself through my actions. I will select online names that are appropriate. I will use caution with the information, images, and other media that I post online. I will carefully consider what personal information about my life, experiences, or relationships I post. I will not be obscene. I will act with integrity.
2. Protect Yourself. I will ensure that the information, images, and materials I post online will not put meat risk. I will not publish my personal details, contact details, or a schedule of my activities. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at me while online. I will protect passwords, accounts, and resources.
3. Respect Others. I will show respect to others. I will not use electronic mediums to antagonize, bully, harass, or stalk people. I will show respect for other people in my choice of websites: I will not visit sites that are degrading to others, pornographic, racist, or inappropriate. I will not enter other people's private spaces or areas.
4. Protect Others. I will protect others by reporting abuse and not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications. I will avoid unacceptable materials and conversations.
5. Respect Intellectual property. I will request permission to use copyrighted or otherwise protected materials. I will suitably cite all use of websites, books, media, etc. I will acknowledge all primary sources. I will validate information. I will use and abide by the fair use rules.
6. Protect Intellectual Property. I will request to use the software and media others produce. I will purchase, license, and register all software or use available free and open source alternatives rather than pirating software. I will purchase my music and media and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses.
USERS OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY WILL NOT:
● Leave computers unsupervised or leave any District Technology logged into any District managed system;
● Download and/or install unauthorized software. Unauthorized software is any software not explicitly approved by the Technology Department;
● Use offensive, obscene, abusive, profane, pornographic, lewd, vulgar, threatening, racially or sexually offensive, harassing, inflammatory, or defamatory speech;
● Harass, bully, or threaten, anyone;
● Use or distribute the account or password information of any individual;
● Misrepresent themselves or others or forge electronic mail messages;
● Create and/or distribute unsolicited advertisements or other commercial material, political advocacy, chain letters, or pyramid schemes;
● Violate the rights of others, including their privacy rights;
● Access, download, or create harmful, indecent, sexually oriented, pornographic, threatening, violent, offensive, and/or illegal material;
● Use District Technology for personal business or financial gain;
● Destroy data, programs, networks, or any other system or component of a system, or create, upload, download, or spread a computer virus or worm, either intentionally or recklessly;
● Intentionally degrade or disrupt systems and/or equipment;
● Delete data belonging to another user;
● Damage technology hardware or software;
● Gain unauthorized access to resources or entities (“hacking”)
● Use District Technology for illegal activities, including copyright infringement;
● Reveal the personal address, phone number, or other personal information of any individual,
Including District students and employees;
● Use District Technology while access privileges are suspended or revoked or before access privileges have been granted;
● Attempt to override, bypass, or otherwise change the Internet filtering software or other network configurations; Or
● Connect personal devices to the HHS network without permission from the technology department.
Where the Superintendent or designee determines that an Authorized User has violated the Use of Technology Policy or its administrative procedures, any other District policy or procedure, and/or State or federal law, he/she may revoke or suspend the user’s access rights. All users, whether authorized or unauthorized, may be subject to disciplinary actions and criminal and/or civil liability to the extent authorized by law.
Disciplinary actions for such violations may include, but are not limited to:
● Conference between the user and relevant staff;
● Parent contact (for student violations)
● Confiscation of inappropriate item(s)
● Student discipline pursuant to District discipline policies and procedures, including but not limited to suspension and expulsion; and
● Employee discipline pursuant to District employment policies, procedures, and any relevant collective bargaining agreement, including but not limited to suspension without pay, notice to remedy, and dismissal.
Website & Social Media Guidelines: Think before you act because your virtual actions are real and permanent!
Be aware of what you post online. Website and social media venues are very public. What you contribute leaves a digital footprint for all to see. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want friends, enemies, parents, teachers, future colleges, or employers to see.
Follow the school’s code of conduct when writing online. It is acceptable to disagree with other’s opinions; however, do it in a respectful way. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful. What is inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online.
Be safe online. Never give out personal information, including, but not limited to, last names, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures. Do not share your password with anyone besides your teachers and parents.
Linking to other websites to support your thoughts and ideas is recommended. However, be sure to read and review the entire website prior to linking to ensure that all information is appropriate for a school setting.
Do your own work! Do not use other people’s intellectual property without their permission. Be aware that it is a violation of copyright law to copy and paste other’s thoughts. It is good practice to hyperlink to your sources.
Be aware that pictures may also be protected under copyright laws. Verify that you have permission to use the image or that it is under Creative Commons’ attribution.
How you represent yourself online is an extension of yourself. Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else’s identity.
Online work should be well written. Follow writing conventions including proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. If you edit someone else’s work, be sure it is in the spirit of improving the writing.