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9.26.P.1 Use of Technology Resources in Instruction
PROCEDURE PROCEDURE
Safety and Use of Electronic 
Information Services

Internet access and E-Mail are available to students and teachers in Dysart Unified School District. The Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. The goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, communication and educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyber bullying awareness, and response. While the intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. The benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages; parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using media and information sources.  

Filtering, monitoring, and access controls shall be established to:
  • Limit access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web.
  • Monitor the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Monitor for unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking", and other unlawful activities by minors online.
  • Restrict access by minors to materials harmful to minors.

Parents may request that their children refrain from using the Internet for educational purposes.  Alternative activities and/or resources for their children will be provided.

Content  Filtering
A content filtering program or similar technology shall by in use on the EIS.  The technology shall at a minimum limit access to obscene, profane, sexually oriented, harmful, or illegal materials.  The District may also limit access to materials that do not support the educational goals of the District.  Should a District adult employee have a legitimate need to obtain information from an access-limited site, the Superintendent may authorize, on a limited basis, access for the necessary purpose specified by the employee's request to be granted access.

Monitoring
As a means of providing safety and security in direct electronic communications and to prevent abuses to the appropriate use of electronic equipment, all computer access to the Internet through the District EIS shall be monitored periodically or randomly through in-use monitoring or review of usage logs.

Access  Control
Individual access to the EIS shall be by authorization only.  Designated personnel may provide authorization to students and staff who have completed and returned a user agreement.  The Superintendent may give authorization to other persons to use the EIS.

Prior to using the District’s electronic information services, all users must sign an Electronic Information Systems (EIS) use agreement.  The EIS Use Agreement is included in the Student Handbook and distributed at the beginning of each school year.  Parents of students must also sign the agreement

Acceptable  Use
Each user of the EIS shall:
  • Use the EIS to support personal educational objectives consistent with the educational goals and objectives of Dysart Unified School District (DUSD).
  • Agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  • Immediately inform their supervisor if inappropriate information is mistakenly accessed.
  • Abide by all copyright and trademark laws and regulations.
  • Not reveal home addresses, personal phone numbers or personally identifiable data unless authorized to do so by designated school authorities.
  • Understand that electronic mail or direct electronic communication is not private and may be read and monitored by school employed persons.
  • Not use the EIS in any way that would disrupt the use of the EIS by others.
  • Not use the EIS for commercial or financial gain, political lobbying, or fraud.
  • Follow the District's code of conduct.
  • Not attempt to harm, modify, add, or destroy software or hardware nor interfere with system security.
  • Understand that inappropriate use may result in cancellation of permission to use the EIS and appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students.
  • Publish information/student work only on DUSD servers or District approved web hosting vendors.  Users placing information on the Internet using the District's EIS are publishing information on behalf of the District.
  • Be responsible for the appropriate storage and backup of their data.
  • Only download plug-ins for the purpose of enhancing the visual appeal of educational websites (i.e. Shockwave, RealPlayer, Quicktime, Flash, etc.).
  • Use of EIS for information collection purposes (online surveys, email, etc.) must follow existing District policies and have appropriate administrative approval.

In addition, acceptable use for District employees is extended to include requirements to:
  • Maintain supervision of students using the EIS.
  • Agree to directly log on and supervise the account activity when allowing others to use District accounts.
  • Take responsibility for assigned personal and District accounts, including password protection.
  • Take all responsible precautions, including password maintenance and file and directory protection measures, to prevent the use of personal and District accounts and files by unauthorized persons.

Unacceptable  Uses:
  • share their Dysart network credentials with any other individual.  
  • use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal Wi-Fi accounts or by any manner other than connecting through the secure wireless connection provided by the school system.
  • connect or install any computer hardware, hardware components or software, which is their own personal property to and/or in the District's EIS without the prior approval of the District
  • Information Technology Department.
  • post information that could cause damage or pose a danger of disruption to the operations of the EIS or the District. 
  • access the network for any non-educational purposes.
  • gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the files of others, or vandalize the data or files of another user.
  • download and use games, files, documents, music, or software for non-educational purposes.  (i.e. Shockwave games/animations, audio and other visual files.)
  • possess any data, which may be considered a violation of these procedures, in paper, magnetic (disk), or any other form.
  • display name or photo to personally identify an individual without receiving written permission.
  • reveal full name, address, phone number, or personal email without permission from an adult.
  • plagiarize works that are found on the Internet or any other electronic resource.
  • harass, insult, attack others or use obscene language in written communications.
  • post anonymous messages.
  • use free web based email, messaging, video conferencing, or chat services without written permission from DUSD Information Technology.

Resource  Limitations: 
  • Activities that are deemed by the network supervisor to cause unreasonable demand on network capacity or disruption of system operation are prohibited.
  • Users shall subscribe only to high quality discussion groups or mailing lists that are relevant to their education or career development. 
  • Users shall not use the District's EIS for commercial purposes or financial gain.  This includes the creation, development and offering of goods or services for sale, and the unauthorized purchase of goods or services.  All District approved purchases will be made following District approved procedures.
  • The District's portable information systems and educational technology resources such as notebook computers, peripherals, and/or companion devices, will be at the school sites during school hours.

Personal Responsibility:  Users will report any misuse of the EIS to the administration or system administrator.  Fees and expenses incurred by use of services and products without District authorization will be at the personal expense of the user.  Users are ultimately responsible for any activity that occurs on the computer or electronic device when logged on to District computers or electronic devices under their log-in. 

Network Etiquette: Users are expected to abide by the generally acceptable rules of network etiquette. This includes use of appropriate language, no abusive messages, and respect for privacy.  Users will not use the EIS in any way that would disrupt the use of the systems by others.  Users will observe considerations such as brevity, use of correct spelling and ease of understanding, use of short and descriptive titles for articles.  Users will post only to known groups or persons. 

Staff Responsibilities:  Staff members who supervise students, control electronic equipment, or otherwise have occasion to observe student use of said equipment shall make reasonable efforts to monitor the use of this equipment to assure use or activity conforms to electronic resources guidelines and is consistent with the mission and goals of the District.  Staff should make reasonable efforts to become familiar with electronic resources and its use so effective monitoring, instruction, and assistance may be provided.  Staff should report any misuse to their supervisor.

District Responsibilities:  Dysart Unified School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information. While Dysart Unified School District will make an effort to ensure access to proper materials, the user has the ultimate responsibility for how the EIS is used and bears the risk of reliance on the information obtained. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.  

The District reserves the rights to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store without prior notice any and all usage of:
  • the network
  • user files and disk space utilization
  • user applications and bandwidth utilization
  • user document files, folders, and electronic communications
  • email
  • internet access
  • any and all information transmitted or received in connection with network and/or email use operated by or through District resources

Information files will be the property of the District, and no user will have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.  The District reserves the right to disclose any electronic message to law enforcement officials or third parties as deemed appropriate.  Archives of email are maintained for the purpose of public disclosure requests and disaster recovery.  Barring power outage or intermittent technical issues, backups are made of staff and student files on District servers for recovery of accidental loss of deleted files.  Recovery is not guaranteed.

Filtering software is used to make it more difficult for objectionable material to be received or accessed through District resources.  However, filters are not infallible.  The ability to access a site does not mean otherwise objectionable material falls within the District’s acceptable use requirements.  Every user must take responsibility for use of the network and Internet and avoid objectionable sites or materials.  Any inadvertent visit to an objectionable site must be reported to the user’s supervisor immediately.

Personal Devices
The District reserves the right to enforce any reasonable security measures deemed necessary to mitigate data leakage and protect students.  This includes remotely deleting the contents of mobile devices connected to the District email system when deemed necessary, e.g., when a password is incorrectly entered more than 10 times.  The deletion may include District and personal contacts, pictures, etc.  It also includes enforcing the use of a password/pin to access the mobile device and restricting the use of applications that may be a security risk.

Using a personal device or computer for school District business can result in a requirement that the device be submitted for examination or search if a public records request is received concerning information related to governmental conduct or the performance of any governmental function that may be stored on a personal device.

Violations of Acceptable Use:
The failure of a staff member, student, or any other person to comply with these guidelines while using the District’s electronic resources may result in restricted access up to and including a complete denial of access and/or disciplinary action.  Any reasonable belief user activity has violated these guidelines should be reported to the school, program, or department administrator responsible for supervision of the use in question.

Each user will be required to sign an EIS user agreement.  A user who violates the provisions of the agreement will be denied access to the information services and may be subject to disciplinary action.  Accounts may be closed and files may be deleted at any time.  The District is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences. 
Details of the user agreement shall be discussed with each potential user of the electronic information services.  When the signed agreement is returned to the school and/or District office, the user may be permitted use of EIS resources through District equipment.