Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks and Technology Resources for Personnel—Policy 6:235, AP1,E2
It is the policy of the Board of Education of Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 to encourage technology use which facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas and information in pursuit of the District’s curricular, instructional, technological, and research goals. The District also supports the use of technology as a tool for the efficient and effective management of the District’s resources and affairs. District 200’s computing, networking, and telecommunication resources are for the use of authorized district employees.
District 200 is not liable or responsible for: any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable due to technical or other difficulties; the accuracy or suitability of any information that is retrieved through technology; breaches of confidentiality; or defamatory material.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
Curriculum and Instruction
I. The use of the District’s technology and telecommunication resources shall (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District, as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library-media center materials. Staff members may, consistent with the District’s goals and guidelines, use the Internet and technology resources throughout the curriculum.
Staff will provide developmentally appropriate guidance to students as they make use of telecommunications and electronic information resources to conduct research and other studies related to the District curriculum. All students will be informed by staff of their rights and responsibilities as users of the District network prior to gaining access to that network, either as an individual user or as a member of a class or group.
The District’s electronic and telecommunication resources are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general use.
II. Internet Safety
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the District installs and operates filtering software to limit users’ Internet access to materials that are obscene, pornographic, harmful to children, or otherwise inappropriate, or disruptive to the educational process, notwithstanding that such software may in certain cases block access to other materials as well. At the same time, the District cannot guarantee that filtering software will in all instances successfully block access to materials deemed harmful, indecent, offensive, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate. The use of filtering software, as explained in the Internet Safety Policy 1250, does not negate or otherwise affect the obligations of users to abide by the terms of this policy and to refrain from accessing such materials.
III. Acceptable Use
The actions of users accessing networks locations through the District reflect on the School District; therefore, users must conduct themselves accordingly by exercising good judgment and complying with this policy and any accompanying administrative regulations and guidelines.
Personnel who use or access District technology and/or telecommunication resources shall:
A. Use or access District technology primarily for educational and administrative purposes; limited and incidental personal use is permitted;
B. Comply with copyright laws and software licensing agreements;
C. Understand that email, voicemail, and network files are not private. Network administrators and other school officials as authorized by the Superintendent/Principal have access to all email messages and may review all computer files and communications to maintain system integrity and monitor responsible use;
D. Be responsible at all times for the proper use of their access privileges and avoid impersonations, anonymity, or unauthorized sharing of security measures;
E. Maintain the integrity of technological and telecommunication resources from potentially damaging messages, physical abuse, or viruses;
F. Respect the right of others to use equipment;
G. Abide by the policies and procedures of networks and systems linked by technology;
H. Acknowledge and protect the privacy of other users and the integrity of the system by avoiding misuse of passwords, files, equipment, and programs;
I. Maintain the confidentiality of all personnel records and student records stored or accessible by means of District technology, in accordance with Illinois and federal law.
Personnel who use or access District technology shall not:
A. Use District technology or resources for non-school purposes (other than incidental personal use), personal financial gain or to gain access to attempt to access restricted websites or other information unrelated to the curriculum or educational purposes of the school;
B. Access, download, distribute, display or create harmful, indecent, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate messages, pictures or materials;
C. Use telecommunication resources to access harmful, indecent, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise offensive sites or locations;
D. Engage in harassing, offensive, obscene or defamatory speech;
E. Harass or attack others
F. Loan technology to others, or violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements;
G. Trespass in others’ folders, work, or files, or gain unauthorized access to resources or entities;
H. Use the account or password of another user;
I. Misrepresent themselves or others;
J. Transmit email or other electronic materials anonymously;
K. Damage or vandalize computer equipment, systems, networks, hardware, software, data or programs;
L. Knowingly spread computer viruses; and
M. Use technology for any illegal purpose or activity.
IV. No Expectation of Privacy
The District’s electronic and telecommunication resources are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general use. Users should not expect that email, voicemail, or files stored or transmitted on District servers will be private. District 200, at its discretion, reserves the right to log technology use, to monitor fileserver space utilization by users, to examine users’ files and materials, and to block and delete materials. There is no assurance of confidentiality with respect to access to transmissions and files by persons outside, or from persons inside, the District.
V. User Compliance
Users of District equipment, networks and technology must submit a signed Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement Form. Failure to comply with this policy, or any administrative regulations and guidelines governing the use of technology and telecommunication resources, may result in disciplinary action by the administration and/or the Board of Education, including but not limited to reprimand, loss of technology use privileges, suspension, notice to remedy, and dismissal.
Activities that violate local, state or federal law may be subject to prosecution.
The Superintendent/Principal or his/her designee may establish regulations, guidelines, and procedures and shall take appropriate action, consistent with the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions, to implement this policy.
Amended Date(s): May 25, 2006; January 22, 2004, October 24, 2002, August 22, 2002, August 19, 2019.
Adopted Date: August 22, 1996
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200
PERSONNEL ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT
I have read and agree to abide by the District’s Acceptable Use of Technology policy and regulations. I understand that my use of District telecommunication resources, computers, networks, and technology is for work-related purposes and to further the educational goals of the District. I further understand that my use of any District technology is not private and may be monitored.
I understand that violations of the District’s policies and procedures regarding the use of technology may result in disciplinary and/or legal action against me.
Employee Signature_____________________________ Date_______________