Use of District technology is limited to educational purposes which includes, but is not limited to promoting educational achievement, resource and information sharing, assisting in educational instruction, relevant communication, and technology preparedness.
CIPA and NCIPA
In accordance with requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA), all equipment connecting to the Internet from any connection located within the District's building will be blocked or filtered. The District will make best efforts to prevent users from accessing or transmitting visual depictions of material deemed obscene, child pornography, and any material deemed harmful to minors as those terms are defined in CIPA. It will also make best efforts to prevent users from accessing or transmitting offensive, disruptive, or harmful data or any "inappropriate matter" as that term is used in the NCIPA. This includes, but is not limited to, messages, files, or data that contain the following:
- Pornographic or erotic images
- Sexual implications
- Racial slurs
- Derogatory gender-specific comments
- Information or instructions designed to cause harm to other person(s)/organization(s), comments that offensively address a person's age, sexual orientation, beliefs, political beliefs, gender, religious beliefs, national origin or disability.
- Any comment which in any way defames, slanders, or libels another person(s)
- Any comment intended to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse annoy or harass another person(s) or organization(s)
- Those data or activities that invade the privacy of another person(s)
In addition, the District will also make best efforts to prevent unauthorized access to its system and files, including so-called "hacking" and the unauthorized disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information of minors. To assist with this effort, the District will use software and staff to routinely monitor users' activities. The District acknowledges that no blocking or filtering mechanism is capable of stopping all inappropriate content all of the time. Therefore, students are not to use the District's Internet access without supervision by a staff member. It is the responsibility of the staff to make best efforts to guide and to monitor students in the effective and appropriate use of the District's computer system. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Teaching students how to find educationally appropriate electronic materials
- Teaching students how to judge the educational suitability of electronic materials
- Teaching students information literacy skills, including understanding of safety, copyright, and data privacy
- Teaching students proper safety and security procedures when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication
Parental Notification and Responsibility
Student handbooks will include information about acceptable computer usage and the filtering system. District will notify parents or legal guardians about the technology and the Board policy and District regulations governing its use.
Privacy – Files and other stored information are not private and may be accessed by District personnel as necessary.
1. Acceptable Uses
a. The use of technology in the District must be in support of the mission and educational goals of the District. The use of technology is a privilege, not a right. Appropriate etiquette is expected and required of all users
b. Users are permitted to utilize the District's technology resources for the purpose of research, lesson preparation, communication, and/or other information gathering and sharing as it relates to education
c. Users are permitted to access computer software only through the menus that have been specifically set up for that purpose
Users are not permitted to:
a. access the District's technology resources for personal financial gain, entertainment, or recreation;
b. set up or relocate computers and other peripherals. All hardware set up is to be performed by staff members under the direction of the Technology Coordinator;
c. load software on networked computers. All software is to be loaded by staff
members under the direction of the Technology Coordinator;
d. expect that files and other stored information will be private;
e. access servers other than to save and retrieve personal files from designated locations;
f. access to any unauthorized areas of the operating system;
g. delete, add, or alter any data other than their own;
h. deliberately destroy or diminish the value or effectiveness of any technology or information system. This includes but is not limited to vandalism, creating or uploading viruses, and the careless use of food;
i. copy District software for use on their home computers or to pass on to others.
j. use unauthorized personal software on District technologies;
k. violate copyright laws or use the District equipment for other illegal activities;
l. trespass in others' files or use the intellectual property of others;
m. divulge security passwords and/or use the passwords of others;
n. send or display offensive or obscene messages or pictures; and use obscene or offensive language to harass, insult, or attack others. Cyber-bullying of any form is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, hate mail, harassing messages, chain letters, jokes or comments that may be discriminatory or offensive to others.
a. Violations may result in loss of access and privileges.
b. Violations may result in disciplinary action, according to the Parent - Student Handbook and the Code of Conduct. This may include suspension, and recommendation for expulsion.
c. Violations may be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Legal Ref: 947.0125 Wisconsin Statutes
S. 1492: Broadband Data Improvement Act October 1, 2008
PL 110-385 Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
First reading: November 1, 2011
Second Reading: November 15, 2011
Date Adopted: November 15, 2011
For the Board: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member