Computer Use Policy: Acceptable Use of the Internet, Computers, and Network

Computer Use Policy: Acceptable Use of the Internet, Computers, and Network Resources and Regulation & Information technology Operation Procedures, Guidelines and Control Management

For more information, please read District Policy 815, and Regulation 815A.

The following is a summary of the District's Computer Use Policy 815 and Regulation 815A. Complete copies are available at the Administration Building or from the school office or the District website (www.ojrsd.com).

Failure to comply with School Board Policy 815 and Regulation 815A will result in disciplinary action.

1. All students shall be assigned individual Network Usernames and Passwords. Usernames and Passwords are to remain confidential, and shall not be shared with other students.

2. All computers and peripherals are School District assets and are provided for educational purposes only.

3. All computer and network activity is subject to monitoring. All Internet accesses will be logged and reviewed daily.

4. Students may not access other network user’s personal folders, e-mail, or other communications.

5. Students may not install software, screen savers, or other utilities without the consent of the District Technology Department.

6. Students must obey copyright laws.

7. Students may not use the network for illegal activities.

8. Students must follow network etiquette rules.

Teachers will thoroughly explain School Board Policy 815 and Regulation 815A to their students so they may gain an understanding of the Computer Use Policy and their personal responsibility in using the computer as an educational tool to enhance and support learning.

Electronic Devices

For more information, please read District Regulation # 237A.

Laser pens and other laser devices are prohibited from being in a student’s possession in school buildings, on school property, on school vehicles/buses, and while attending school-sponsored activities:

The unsupervised possession/use of electronic devices by students is not a vital part of the educational process.

Students are discouraged from possessing certain types of electronic devices during school hours; however, their possession does not constitute a violation of this policy unless the student fails to comply with the following provisions:

1. Students are not to use audio listening devices (CD players, MP3 players, iPods™, etc.), handheld electronic games, digital cameras (including cameras contained in cell phones), or other such devices during the school day unless they have permission from a staff member to do so as part of a classroom activity.


The Board prohibits use of cell phones and other personal communication devices by students during the school day in school buildings, on school property, and while attending school-sponsored activities. Students may possess cell phones for use before and after the school day. Use is interpreted as using any cell phone function or feature, not just sending or receiving telephone calls. Cell phones must be turned off upon entering the school building and may not be turned on again until the student leaves the building at the end of the school day. Cell phones must be kept out of sight, and the student bears total responsibility for safeguarding this and any other device in his/her possession.

Students may possess these items on school vehicles/buses, but the imaging and audio capturing capabilities are prohibited. Audio listening is only permitted by the use of an ear listening device. Audio is not permitted to be broadcast aloud.

Improper use of cell phones or other electronic devices may result in confiscation. The device will then be returned to a parent or guardian.

Telephone paging devices are prohibited in school buildings, on school property, on school vehicles/buses, and while attending school-sponsored activities with the following exceptions which require a written request and the principal’s approval:

      • A student who is a member of a volunteer fire company, ambulance, or rescue squad (the chief of the company or squad must make the written request).
      • A student who is in need of a telephone paging device due to the medical condition of an immediate family member (a health care provider must make the written request).
      • A student who is provided with a paging device for employment purposes when such device remains in the student’s vehicle while on school grounds (the employer must make the written request).

Exceptions to the prohibitions set forth in this policy may be made for health, safety or emergency reasons with prior approval of the building principal or designee, or as required in the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) program for an exceptional student.

Laptop Computers/E-Readers

      • Laptop computers and E-Readers brought to school shall be restricted to classroom or instructional-related activities. Students shall comply with the guidelines set by Board policy, school officials, and the classroom teacher for the educational use of laptop computers and E-Readers.
      • The Building Principal, under District authority, reserves the right to define the educational value and place restrictions or prohibitions on the possession or use of any electronic device currently available, or that may become available in the future, whether or not it is addressed in this policy. This shall include in school buildings, on school property, on school vehicles/buses and while attending school-sponsored activities.
      • The District assumes no responsibility for the loss, theft, damage, or misuse of any electronic device that is brought into school buildings, onto school property, onto school vehicles/buses, and while attending school-sponsored activities.

Discipline

Violation of any part of this policy may result in consequences ranging from confiscation and loss of privileges, to detention, suspension, and referral to the Board of School Directors for possible expulsion. Violations of this policy are addressed in District Regulation 237A.