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Acceptable Use Policy




A. Policy and Purpose Statement

The Manchester Township Board of Education believes that the use of computers and the Internet have become, if used appropriately, an integral part of the educational program. The Board has decided to make Internet access available to the students only for the express purpose of supporting the educational program. It is being made available to enable students to conduct research and to communicate with others, also in furtherance of educational objectives which relate to student curriculum.

This Board Policy is intended to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act/Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act. The District's Technology Coordinator shall be responsible for ensuring that the blocking software is installed and functioning.

Although the Internet offers vast opportunities to access resources, the Board must also maintain an environment which promotes both responsible and ethical conduct in all student computer activities. With access to the Internet also comes the possibility, even with the use of blocking software, that materials may be accessed by students that is either of no educational value, or violates applicable state or Federal law. This is so because, with the current state of the technology, it is impossible to control access to all materials which are obscene or profane, or advocate illegal acts, violence or unlawful discrimination.

It is the belief of the Board of Education of the Manchester Township School District that the educational value of the access to information and the interaction enabled by Internet access far outweighs the disadvantage that users may procure materials that are not consistent with the educational goals of the school district.

The operation of the district computer network relies, in part, on the proper conduct of its student users. Therefore, it is necessary for students to follow the guidelines which are set forth within this policy. If any user violates this policy, his/her privileges to use district computers may be limited or suspended. In addition, the student may be subject to other applicable disciplinary measures. Students will be subject to all possible discipline as described in the District Student Disciplinary Code and District policy.

This Technology Acceptable Use Policy is included in each school’s student handbook, which is distributed to every student. It indicates that the student and parent have reviewed the handbook and agree with the terms and conditions contained within it. If a parent/guardian does not agree with the Technology Acceptable Use Policy, he/she must write a letter to the school’s principal stating that his/her child will not participate in the use of our technology resources.

B. Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Acceptable Use. The purpose of providing access to Internet is expressly to support research and education. It is to provide access to various resources and opportunities for collaborative work. The use of the Internet must be solely to support education and research which furthers the educational objectives and curriculum established by the Manchester Township Board of Education. In addition, the use of other organizations' networks or computer resources must comply with the rules for use of those networks in addition to those of this school district. Transmission and accessing of any material in violation of any Federal law (including either the Children's Internet Protection Act or the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act), state law, or regulation/or Board Policy is prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to the following:

a) Users will not transmit or access material which is profane, obscene, harmful to minors (as that term is defined in the Children's Internet Protection Act), or advocates illegal acts, violence or unlawful discrimination.

b) Any use of the network for commercial or for profit purposes is prohibited.

c) Use of the network for personal and private business is prohibited.

d) Any use of the network for advertising or political purposes is prohibited.

e) Users of the network shall not disrupt or interfere with the use of the network by others.

f) The hardware or software shall not be altered, mishandled or abused in any way.

g) The district computer system shall not be used to harass others.

h) Hate mail, discriminatory remarks and other antisocial behaviors are prohibited.

i) The unauthorized installation of copyrighted software for use on the district computer system is prohibited.

2. Privileges. The use of the Internet through the district's computer system is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use may result in the suspension, or partial suspension of those privileges as well as other possible discipline, as outlined in the Student Disciplinary Code and District policy, which is incorporated by reference herein, and even possible prosecution for illegal activity. Each student, in order to obtain access to the district computer system, will be required to accept and comply with the Manchester Township School District Technology Acceptable Use Agreement. The Technology Coordinator will have the authority to, at least temporarily, suspend use of the system at any time.

3.Network Etiquette. Users of the district computer system are expected to:

a) Only use appropriate language.

b) Never reveal personally identifiable information such as your name, address, telephone number or those of other students.

c) Be prepared for a search of student data files and other electronic storage areas. The Technology Coordinator may access these files from time to time not only to insure system integrity, but also to determine if users are complying with this policy. Students should not expect that information they store on the system will be private.

d) Comply with all intellectual property laws, such as copyrights.

C. Miscellaneous

1. Security of the system is a high priority. If you have reason to believe that you can identify a security problem in the district computer system, you must notify the Technology Coordinator

2. Vandalism will result in the automatic suspension of use and will be subject to discipline, other forms of legal action or perhaps even criminal prosecution. Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm or destroy data, software or hardware, even if belonging to another network. This includes, but is not limited to, the creation of a virus, intentional propagation of a virus, or dissemination of contaminated disks, CD's and the like.

3. The Manchester Township School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. The district will not be responsible for any damages users suffer. This includes loss of data, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the district 's own negligence or the user's errors or omissions. The district can not accept responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.