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Acceptable Use Policy

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Your son/daughter is enrolled in a class that will have access to the Internet. The curriculum lends itself to independent work. Students will have the opportunity to explore the Internet via the school’s account. Please read and discuss the following procedures with your child.

Internet access will be available to students enrolled in various classes. This technology allows for communication and access to information on a global scale. Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. Along with the increased educational resources that telecomputing brings to teachers and students comes an increased need to use them wisely and responsibly. Users of the Internet should not procure or exchange information that conflicts with the educational goals of the district.

Students are responsible for good behavior on computers and computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school hallway. The general school rules contained in the student handbook for behavior apply. However, it is impossible to control all material accessed through the Internet and therefore special rules and policies need to be enforced.

Please become familiar with the following Acceptable Use Procedures for Educational Technology. After you have read these procedures, please obtain both parent and student signatures and return the signed copy to your teacher. The signatures at the end of this document indicate that both parties who signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance. Students who have not returned this document will not be given access to East Rockaway’s Internet account(s).

Internet terms and conditions

1. Acceptable Uses: The use of the school account must be in support of educational research and the goals and objectives of the district and the class you are enrolled in as outlined in the District’s Policy on Computer Networks.

2. Unacceptable Uses: These include, but are not limited to, the following and are not permitted:
•Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
•Transferring or obtaining sexually explicit material
•Using obscene language
•Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
•Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer networks
•Violating copyright laws.
•Use of the school account for your own commercial or political purposes.

3. Netiquette: Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following:
•Respect others. Communicate through computers as you would deal with people in person. Use appropriate language at all times. Do not slander or defame anyone, or represent others' ideas as your own.

•Do not disclose personal information over the Internet or other open systems. Do not reveal your real name, telephone number, address, password, credit information, or other information that could be used against you. Do not give out such information about anyone else.

•Use only your own computer identity; do not log on as anyone else or use anyone else's account. Never let anyone use your account or your on-line identity.

•Do not attempt to defeat security software or tamper with computer settings.

•Except for your own schoolwork documents, do not delete, alter or reposition files, or transfer files to any school computer. Do not tamper with another person's files.

•Use the Internet only for purposes related to schoolwork.

•Respect software copyright restrictions. Do not duplicate commercial software. Do not place any copyrighted software, including shareware, on a computer without permission of the instructor.

•Protect our computer hardware. Do not eat or drink near computers. Follow the shut-down procedure before switching off. Do not attach or detach any peripherals. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy District equipment or materials, data of another user of the District’s system, or any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or creation of computer viruses.

Internet Use and Computer Network Agreement

I have read and understood the above procedures and the District’s Policy on Computer Networks and I agree to abide by them. I understand that teachers and administrators may monitor all computer files, messages and activities. I understand that failure to comply with any of these items may result in my loss of computer privileges on campus and may result in further disciplinary action.

Student’s Name (please print):_________________________________

Student’s Signature:_________________________________ Expected Year of Graduation: ____

Parent or Guardian
As the parent or guardian of this student I have read the Internet Acceptable Use Procedure and the District’s Policy on Computer Networks. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and realize it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials that can be obtained via the Internet. I will accept responsibility for setting and conveying standards for my son or daughter to follow when selecting, sharing, or exploring information and media. I grant permission for my child to access the Internet through the school account.

Parent’s or Guardian’s Name (please print):___________________________

Signature: ____________________________

Date:________________________________