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Acceptable Use Policy

Woodward-Granger Community School District Internet Independent Use Agreement

Please carefully read this document before signing.

Internet access is available to students and employees in the Woodward-Granger Community School District.

We are very pleased to bring this access to the Woodward-Granger Community School District and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and educators. Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and employees of the Woodward-Granger Community School District have access to:

  • Electronic mail communication with people all over the world (employees only)

  • Information and news from research institutions, such as NASA, as well as the opportunity to correspond with the scientists and other researchers of these types of institutions;

  • Public domain software and shareware of all types;

  • Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics; and

  • Access to many universities electronic retrieval systems, the Library of Congress, ERIC, and other databases.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of materials that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Individuals and families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While the intent of the Woodward-Granger Community School District us to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials. Industrious users may find ways to access controversial information as well. The Woodward-Granger Community School District believes that the benefits to students and employees from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District. Ultimately, however, the individual users and the parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that users should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, Woodward-Granger Community School District supports and respects each individual’s, and each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for independent access.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines.

These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If a Woodward-Granger Community School District user violates any of the provisions, his or her account may be terminated and future individual access will be denied. The signatures at the end of this document are legally binding and indicate the parties who have signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.

Internet-Terms and Conditions

  1. Acceptable Use- The purpose of the Woodward-Granger Community School District’s connection to Internet is to support research and education in and among our district and with other academic institutions, by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity of collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Woodward-Granger Community School District. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for those networks. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or State of Iowa regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political campaigning is also prohibited. Illegal activities are strictly prohibited. Using your Internet account to play games is not acceptable use, unless for instructional purposes and with advance approval by the instructional staff.

  2. Required Orientation- Before receiving an account, each user must take part in an Internet orientation pertaining to the proper use of the network. This orientation will take place with the principal prior to him/her signing the student planner. If the user is less than eighteen years of age, his/her parent/guardian may also take part in the orientation.

  3. Privileges- The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in a cancellation of those privileges. Based upon the acceptable use guidelines outlined in this document, they system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and will take appropriate action, which may include disciplinary action. Also, the system administrators may suspend or close an account at any time. First offense will result in a 30-calendar day suspension. Second offense will result in an 18-week suspension, and the third offense will result in a 36-week suspension. The duration of suspension for the second and third offense do not include Summer vacation, Winter Break, or Spring Break. Administrators must notify the user in writing within two weeks of the reason for suspension or termination of an account. Individuals whose accounts are denied, suspended, or revoked do have the following rights:

    • To submit a written appeal to the principal and as a follow up to this letter to have a meeting with the principal and any other involved staff member. Individuals who are under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the meeting.

    • The decision of the principal may be appealed to the superintendent pursuant to the compliant procedures in Board Policy 204.13

  4. Network Etiquette (Netiquette)- Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include bur are not limited to the following:

    • Be polite. Do not write or send abusive messages or pictures to others.

    • Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

    • Protect your identity. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers or those of others.

    • Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do not have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.

    • Honor the time and work of others. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of work by other users (e.g. downloading huge files during prime time; sending mass email messages; annoying other users using the talk of write functions.

    • All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property. Do not trespass or alter others’ folders, work or files.

    • Use the account in support of education and research and consistent with the educational outcomes of the Woodward-Granger Community School District. Do not use the Internet to play games unless part of an assignment. Do not employ the network for commercial purposes. Do not take part in any electronic communications that would be unacceptable by board policy or forbidden by the building discipline codes. Do not access any service via electronic transmission that incurs any cost. Any cost incurred through violation of this expectation will be charged to the student responsible.

    • Printed copies not specifically intended for educational experiences: A 10¢ fee per copy will be assessed. This fee will be charged for copies not directly related to students’ classroom assignments.

  5. Reliability- The Woodward-Granger Community School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Woodward-Granger Community School District will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non- deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by it’s own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The Woodward-Granger Community School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality obtained through its services.

  6. Security- Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you believe you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you are to notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual’s account. Do not give your password to any other individual. Attempts to log into the system as any other user may result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

  7. Vandalism- Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

  8. Updating User Information- The Woodward-Granger Community School District will occasionally require new registration and account information from you to continue the service. You must notify the system administrators of any changes in your account information (e.g. address, name change). Currently, there are no user fees for use of the Internet.

  9. Restricted Material- Users shall not intentionally access or download any text file or picture or engage in any conference that includes:

      • Material which is obscene, libelous, vulgar, profane, or lewd;

      • Advertising any product or service not permitted to minors by law;

      • Insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injuries or harasses others;

      • Material that presents a clear and present likelihood, that, either because of it’s content or the manner of distribution, it will cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.

      • Materials that will or could cause the commission of unlawful acts or the violation of lawful school regulations.

  10. Unauthorized Costs- If a user gains access to any service via the Internet, which has a cost, involved or if a user incurs other types of costs, the user accessing such a service will be responsible for those costs.

  11. Exception of Terms and Conditions- All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to the Woodard-Granger Community School District and Internet. These terms and conditions reflect the entire agreement of the parties and supersede all prior oral or written agreements and understandings of the parties. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Iowa and the United States of America.