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Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Technology at Onalaska School District
Distributed to all Adult and Student users including Staff and Parents

NETWORK GUIDELINES:

1.     All use of the system must be in support of education and research and consistent with the mission of the District.  Onalaska School District reserves the right to prioritize use and access to the system.

2.     Any use of the system must be in conformity with state and federal law, K-20 Network policies and licenses, and District policy.  Use of the system for commercial solicitation is prohibited.  Use of the system for charitable purposes must be approved in advance by the Superintendent or a designee.

3.     The system constitutes public facilities and may not be used to support or oppose political candidates, ballot measures or religious advocacy.

4.     No use of the system shall serve to disrupt the operation of the system by others; system components including hardware or software shall not be destroyed, modified or abused in any way.  Users, including students, will pay the costs of correction or repair of malicious damage or vandalism.

5.     Malicious use of the system to develop programs that harass other users or gain unauthorized access to any computer or computing system and/or damage the components of a computer or computing system is prohibited.

6.     Users are responsible for the appropriateness and content of material they transmit or publish on the system.  Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, or other antisocial behaviors are expressly prohibited.

7.     Use of the system to access, store or distribute obscene or pornographic material is prohibited.

8.     Subscriptions to mailing lists, bulletin boards, chat groups and commercial on-line services and other information services must be pre-approved by the Superintendent or designee.

SECURITY GUIDELINES:

1.     System accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purpose.  Users may not share their account number or password with another person or leave an open file or session unattended or unsupervised.  Account owners are ultimately responsible for all activity under their account.

2.     Users shall not seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the system, or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any entity on the entire K-20 Network.

3.     Communications may not be encrypted so as to avoid security review.

PERSONAL SECURITY GUIDELINES:

1.     Personal information such as complete names, addresses, telephone numbers and identifiable photos should remain confidential when communicating on the system.  Students should never reveal such information without permission from their teacher and parent or guardian.  No user may disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information regarding minors without authorization.

2.     Students should never make appointments to meet people in person that they have contacted on the system without District and parent permission.

3.     Students should notify their teacher or other adult whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them feel uncomfortable.

COPYRIGHT GUIDELINES:

1.     The unauthorized installation, use, storage or distribution of copyrighted software or materials on district computers is prohibited.  All users of the K-20 Network shall comply with current copyright laws.

INTERNET ACCESS AND MONITORING:

1.     To the extent possible, the District will block Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.  The District reserves the right to block access to sites that do not support education and research and are not consistent with the educational mission of the district.

2.     All District staff will, to the best of their ability, monitor use of the Internet in the District, and will take reasonable measures to prevent access to inappropriate material on the Internet.

GENERAL USE GUIDELINES:

1.     Diligent effort must be made to conserve system resources.  For example, users should frequently delete E-mail and unused files.

2.     No person shall have access to the system without having received appropriate training; a signed Computer and Network Access Informed Consent Form must be on file with the District.  In addition, students under the age of 18 must have the approval of a parent or guardian.

3.     Nothing in these regulations is intended to preclude the supervised use of the system while under the direction of a teacher or other approved user acting in conformity with District policy and procedure.

From time to time, the District will make a determination on whether specific uses of the system are consistent with the regulations stated above.  Under prescribed circumstances non-student or staff use may be permitted, provided such individuals demonstrate that their use furthers the purpose and goals of the District.  For security and administrative purposes the District reserves the right for the authorized personnel to review system use and file content.  The District reserves the right to remove a user account from the system to prevent further unauthorized activity.  The District’s wide-area network provider (K-20 Network) reserves the right to disconnect the District to prevent further unauthorized activity.

Violation of any of these conditions of use may be cause for disciplinary action.

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dbrown@onysd.wednet.edu,
Mar 20, 2014, 9:53 AM
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