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Student Acceptable Use Policy

Student Acceptable Use Policy

Students are authorized to use school equipment to access the Internet or other online services in accordance with Board policy, the user obligations and responsibilities specified below, and the school's Acceptable Use Policy.

  1. Students are responsible for all activity conducted by the accounts issued in their name at all times. Students shall keep personal account numbers and passwords private and shall only use the account to which they have been assigned. Students are to inform a teacher or staff member to have their account and/or password reset if the student is aware that another person has used their account.
  2. Students shall use school equipment safely, responsibly, and for educational purposes.
  3. Students shall not access, post, submit, publish, or display harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs.

    "Harmful matter" means matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest, and is matter which, taken as a whole, depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct and which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors. (Penal Code 313)
  4. Unless otherwise instructed by school personnel, students shall not disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using email, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication. Students are cautioned not to disclose such information by other means to individuals contacted through the Internet without the permission of their parents/guardians.

    Personal identifiable information (PII) includes the student's name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other personally identifiable information. Penal Code 653.2 makes it a crime for a person to distribute personal identification information electronically with the intent to cause harassment by a third party and to threaten a person's safety or that of his/her family (e.g., placing a person's picture or address online so that he/she receives harassing messages).
  5. Students shall not use school equipment to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, nor shall they promote or participate in unethical practices such as cheating or plagiarism, or conduct any activity prohibited by law, Board policy, or administrative regulations.
  6. Students shall not use school equipment to engage in commercial or other for-profit activities outside of school fundraising.
  7. Students shall not use the school equipment to threaten, intimidate, disrupt, harass, or ridicule other students or staff. Students shall not send spam through e-mail, instant messages, or any other form of electronic communication. Students shall not read, copy, modify, or delete another user’s files or data.
  8. Students shall not interfere with other users' ability to send or receive email, nor shall they use, forge, misrepresent, obscure, suppress, or replace another individual's identity.
  9. Students shall not intentionally upload, download, create, or utilize computer programs, malware, viruses or worms to maliciously contaminate, consume computer resources, access, modify, destroy, record, or transmit the data of any other user. Students shall not tamper, damage, interfere, or usurp the normal operation of a computer, computer system, or computer network. Hacking is strictly prohibited. (CA Penal Code 502)
  10. Students shall not deface, damage, or destroy school equipment or materials. (CA Penal Code 594)
  11. Students shall not disable, bypass, or otherwise circumvent the content filter that has been installed in accordance with the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act. This includes but is not limited to the use of proxy servers.
  12. Copyrighted material shall be posted online only in accordance with applicable copyright laws. Any materials utilized for research projects should be given proper credit as with any other printed source of information. Please refer to the GTA Copyright Policy.
  13. Students shall report any security problem or misuse of the services to a teacher or administrator.
  14. The school reserves the right to monitor use of school equipment for improper use without advance notice or consent. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the school for the purpose of ensuring proper use.
  15. The school reserves the right to limit the use of technological resources due to lack of storage, memory, or for other reasons deemed necessary by the system operators, or if an individual user is determined to be acting in an irresponsible or unlawful manner.
  16. Whenever a student is found to have violated board policy, administrative regulation, or the school's Acceptable Use Policy, the Director or designee may cancel or limit a student's user privileges or increase supervision of the student's use of the school's technological resources, as appropriate. Inappropriate use may also result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy.