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 the 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.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • Talk to your children about values and the standards that your children should follow on the use of the Internet just as you do on the use of all media information sources such as television, phones, movies, etc.
  • Should you want your student to opt out of taking an iPad home, you will need to sign a form indicating this choice.
  • Understand that if your child is dual enrolled/home schooled for part of the school day, your child will not be allowed to use the iPad outside of school.

School Responsibilities

  • Provide Internet to its students at school.
  • Provide Internet blocking of inappropriate materials as able at school.
  • Provide data storage areas, specifically school-issued Google accounts. Central Community School District reserves the right to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted within data storage programs and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.
  • Provide guidance to aid students in doing research/projects and help assure student compliance of the acceptable use policy.

Student Responsibilities

  • Using iPads in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Obeying general school rules concerning behavior and communication that apply to iPad/computer use.
  • Using 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.
  • Helping Central Community School District protect the school network and devices by contacting a staff person about any security problems they may encounter.
  • Monitoring all activity on their account(s).
  • When finished with the iPad, turning off and securing the iPad to protect homework and the device.
  • If an email or other communication is received containing inappropriate or abusive language, or if the subject matter is questionable, reporting it to a staff person immediately.
  • Returning the iPad 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 on the date of termination.

Student Activities Strictly Prohibited

  • Using iPad 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, or sexually explicit materials
  • Use of chat rooms or websites selling term papers, book reports, and other forms of student work
  • Messaging services (i.e., Messages, Google Chat)
  • Online games except those authorized by staff
  • Use of external attachments without prior approval from tech support
  • Changing of iPad settings (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc.)
  • Downloading apps
  • Spamming/sending mass or inappropriate emails
  • Gaining access to other student accounts, files, and/or data
  • Use of the school’s Internet/e-mail accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity
  • Use of anonymous and/or false communications
  • Giving out personal information, for any reason, over the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up online accounts including those necessary for chat rooms, gaming, email, etc.
  • Participation in credit card fraud, electronic forgery or other forms of illegal behavior.
  • Vandalism (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of viruses or programs that can infiltrate and/or damage the school network and devices) of school equipment will not be allowed
  • Transmission or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients
  • 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 are for educational purposes only
  • Using video communication tools (i.e., FaceTime, Zoom, Google Meet) without staff permission

iPad Care

  • Students will be held responsible for maintaining their individual iPads and keeping them in good working order.
  • iPad 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.
  • iPad 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 that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to tech support as soon as possible. The school district will be responsible for repairing iPads that malfunction.
  • iPads that are stolen must be reported immediately to the District Office and the Elkader Police Department.

Legal Propriety

  • 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 programs 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.

Student Discipline

If a student violates any part of the above policy, including using the iPad for non-educational purposes during class, he/she will be put on the following disciplinary steps:

  • 1st Offense - Loss of iPad use for fifteen (15) school days
  • 2nd Offense - Loss of iPad use for thirty (30) school days
  • 3rd Offense - Loss of iPad use for remainder of school year