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Acceptable Use of Information Technology – Employees

1. Employee Use Guidelines 

The Internet, an international network of networks, allows people to access networks and computers, including local, national and international resources such as libraries, government agencies, universities, K-12 schools, discussion groups, software, technical information, news and weather.

1.1 The Internet, district computer networks and computer workstations must be used responsibly, ethically and legally. Failure to adhere to district policies, regulations and guidelines for the use of computers, networks and the Internet will result in a revocation of access privileges.

1.2 The following actions will not be permitted:

1.2.1 Using abusive language, including hate mail, harassment or discriminatory remarks;

1.2.2 Deliberately accessing inappropriate websites that contain obscene material, including reviewing, downloading, storing or printing ties or messages that are obscene, vulgar or sexually explicit, or that use language that degrades others;

1.2.3 Using any information as public, without the permission of the author. (All communications and information accessible through the Internet or other computer networks should be assumed to be private property.);

1.2.4 Maliciously attempting to harm or destroy data of another user, school or district networks, or the Internet, including uploading or creating viruses;

1.2.5 Using networks for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other laws;

1.2.6 Using networks for a commercial, political or profit-making enterprise, except as specifically agreed to with the district;

1.2.7 Using or accessing a file or an account owned by another user without their permission, or

1.2.8 Deliberately distributing or downloading any material in such a manner that causes congestion of networks.

1.3 Downloading Files from the Internet -- There is always a risk that downloaded software may pose a threat to District 271 computer systems. If an authorized user locates a file that they have a need to acquire, they are required to take the following precautions:

1.3.1 Make sure the file is within the guidelines of district policies and regulations on acceptable use of technology, and

1.3.2 Apply available approved virus scanning software on the file before the file is opened or launched

2. Employee Supervision of Student Network Use

District 271 employees are responsible for supervising student use of the Internet.

2.1 All elementary school students’ use of the Internet is to be supervised except for use by a student who has turned in a signed copy of District Internet Guidelines Policy 6160, Permission for Independent Student Access to the Internet.

2.2 All secondary school students will be asked to turn in a signed copy of District Procedure 6160, Permission for Independent Student Access to the Internet.

2.3 When students use the Internet independently for school work, it is the teacher's responsibility to make sure the students comply with guidelines on acceptable use of the Internet.

2.4 Before using Internet with their students, each teacher must complete Internet staff development training as determined by the District 271 Technology Support Department.

3. Network and Email Etiquette

All network and e-mail users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

3.1 Be polite. Refrain from any abusive language. District policies on harassment and discrimination also apply to electronic communications.)

3.2 Use appropriate language. Swearing, vulgarities and other similar use of language is not acceptable.

3.4 Do not reveal your personal address or give out phone numbers of students or employees to unknown Internet users.

3.5 Do not send personal group messages to schools and/or the entire district (such as to sell a personal possession, look for a roommate, etc.)

3.6 Do not use e-mail or district networks for commercial, profit-making or political campaign purposes.

3.7 Do not send fraudulent, intimidating or anonymous messages.

3.7 Do not participate in defamatory or other unprofessional attacks on individuals or organizations.

4. Security

4.1 Electronic mail (e-mail) and telecommunications are not to be used to share confidential information about students or other employees.

4.2 The networks are a shared resource which are the property of the district and, as such, may be subject to district-authorized search to ensure the integrity of the networks and compliance with policies and laws. If there is reason to believe that there has been misuse of district resources, user accounts may be accessed by network administrators.

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