Acceptable Use Policy
The use of the Central Community School District’s technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the Central Community School District is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the District and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in the Central Community School District. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the user terms and conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied.
Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Talk to your child(ren) about the values and standards your child(ren) should follow when using the Internet and school device.
Should you want your child(ren) to opt out of taking an iPad or laptop home (NOTE: Only 7th-12th grade students take devices home), you will need to sign a form indicating this and understand that your child(ren) is still responsible for meeting the course requirements.
Understand that if your child(ren) is dual enrolled/homeschooled for part of the school day, your child(ren) will not be allowed to use the iPad or laptop outside of school.
Provide Internet to students at school.
Provide as much as possible Internet blocking of inappropriate materials at school.
Provide guidance and educational opportunities to help students better understand compliance of the acceptable use policy.
Use iPads and laptops in a responsible and ethical manner.
Obey general school rules concerning behavior and communication that apply to use of technology.
Use all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment. This “damage” includes, but is not limited to, the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions caused by the student’s own negligence, errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Central Community School District’s designated Internet system is at your own risk. Central Community School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Help Central Community School District protect our network and devices by contacting a staff person about any security problems you may encounter.
Monitor all activity on your school accounts.
When finished with the iPad or laptop , secure the device to protect your personal information, homework and the device.
If an email or other communication is received containing inappropriate or abusive language, or if the subject matter is questionable, report it to a staff person immediately.
Return the iPad or laptop and accessories to Central Community School at the end of each school year. Students who graduate early, transfer to alternative school, withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or terminate enrollment at Central Community School for any other reason must return the iPad or laptop and accessories on the date of termination.
Student Activities Strictly Prohibited
Using iPad or laptop for non-educational purposes during class times
Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials
Any action that violates existing Board policy or public law
Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, discriminatory, or sexually explicit materials
Using chat rooms or websites to sell or purchase term papers, book reports, and other forms of student work
Using messaging services except those authorized by staff
Playing online games except those authorized by staff
Using outside data disks or external attachments without prior approval from tech support
Changing iPad or laptop settings (exceptions include personalized settings such desktop background image, font style, etc.)
Spamming/sending mass or inappropriate emails
Gaining access to other student accounts, files, and/or data
Using the school accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity
Using anonymous and/or false communications
Giving out personal information, for any reason, over the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up Internet accounts including those necessary for chat rooms, social media and gaming sites, email, etc.
Participating in credit card fraud, electronic forgery or other forms of illegal behavior.
Vandalizing (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) school equipment will not be allowed
Transmitting or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass/demean others
Bypassing the Central Community School web filter through a web proxy
Taking photos or video of other students, staff or anyone without their permission. The possession, forwarding, or uploading of unauthorized photos or video to any website, network storage area, or person is strictly forbidden. Photos and video taken with the iPad or laptop are for educational purposes only
Using FaceTime or other recording tools without permission
iPad / Laptop Care
Students will be held responsible for maintaining their school-issued iPad or laptop and keeping the device in good working order.
iPad and laptop batteries must be charged and ready for school each day.
Only labels or stickers approved by the Central Community School District may be applied to the iPad or laptop.
iPad and laptop covers and sleeves furnished by the school district must be returned with only normal wear and no alterations to avoid paying a replacement fee.
iPads and laptops that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to tech support as soon as possible. The school district will be responsible for repairing iPads and laptops that malfunction. See Section 8 of this Agreement for costs to students and parents for damaged iPads.
iPads and laptops that are stolen must be reported immediately to the school office and the Elkader Police Department.
Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask a teacher or parent.
Plagiarism is illegal. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.
Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to applicable state or federal laws that may result in criminal prosecution or disciplinary action by the District.
If a student violates any part of the above policy, including using the iPad or laptop for non-educational purposes during class, he/she will be put on the following disciplinary steps:
• 1st Offense - Loss of iPad or laptop use for fifteen (15) school days
• 2nd Offense - Loss of iPad or laptop use for thirty (30) school days
• 3rd Offense - Loss of iPad or laptop use for remainder of school year