401.13R1 Staff Tech Use/Social Networking Reg.

Staff Technology Use Regulation

General

The following rules and regulations govern the use of the school district's computer network system, employee access to the Internet, and management of computerized records:

 

  • Employees will be issued a school district e-mail account. Passwords must be changed periodically.
  • Each individual in whose name an access account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use.Proper use includes ensuring that access account information is known to and used solely by the individual to whom the account was issued.
  • Employees are expected to review their e-mail regularly throughout the day, and shall reply promptly to inquiries with information that the employee can reasonably be expected to provide.
  • Communications with parents and/or students must be made using a school district account, unless in the case of an emergency, and should be saved and the school district will archive the e-mail records according to procedures developed by the District Technology Director.
  • Use of the school district technology and school e-mail address may be considered public record.
  • Use of technology resources in ways that violate the acceptable use and conduct regulation, outlined below, will be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge.
  • Use of the school district’s computer network is a privilege, not a right.Inappropriate use may result in the suspension or revocation of that privilege.
  • Off-site access to the school district computer network will be determined by the superintendent in conjunction with appropriate personnel.
  • All network users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. This includes being polite and using only appropriate language. Abusive language, vulgarities and swear words are all inappropriate.
  • Network users identifying a security problem on the school district's network must notify appropriate staff. Any network user identified as a security risk or having a history of violations of school district technology use guidelines may be denied access to the school district's network.

Prohibited Activity and Uses

The following is a list of prohibited activity for all employees concerning use of the school district's computer network. Any violation of these prohibitions may result in discipline, up

to and including discharge, or other appropriate penalty, including suspension or revocation of a user's access to the network.

 

  • Using the network for commercial activity, including advertising, or personal or corporate profit or gain.
  • Infringing on any copyrights or other intellectual property rights, including copying, installing, receiving, transmitting or making available any copyrighted software, music, or video on the school district computer network. See Policy, Use of Information Resources for more information.
  • Using the network to receive, transmit or make available to others obscene, offensive, or sexually explicit material
  • Using the network to receive, transmit or make available to others messages that are racist, sexist, and abusive or harassing to others.
  • Use of another’s account or password.
  • Attempting to read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail (e-mail) of other system users.
  • Forging or attempting to forge e-mail messages.
  • Engaging in vandalism. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy school district equipment or materials, data of another user of the school district’s network or of any of the entities or other networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, creating and/or placing a computer virus on the network.
  • Using the network to send anonymous messages or files.
  • Revealing the personal address, telephone number or other personal information of oneself or another person.
  • Intentionally disrupting network traffic or crashing the network and connected systems.
  • Installing personal software or using personal disks on the school district’s computers and/or network without the permission of the District Technology Director.
  • Using the network in a fashion inconsistent with directions from teachers and other staff and generally accepted network etiquette.

Other Technology Issues

Employees should contact students and their parents using a school district approved phone or account unless in the case of an emergency or with prior consent of the principal. Employees should not release their personal cell phone number, personal e-mail address, etc. to students or their parents unless they have prior consent of the principal. Employees, who are coaches or sponsors of activities, may create a text list of students and parents in order to communicate more effectively as long as the texts go to all students and the principal or a school district electronic mail account is included in the text address list.