STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE
MSAD #11’s computers, network, and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and staff. This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.
Compliance with MSAD #11’s policies and rules concerning computer and Internet use is mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked. The building principal is authorized to determine, after considering the circumstances involved, whether and for how long a student’s computer privileges will be altered.
Violations of this policy MSAD #11’s computer and Internet rules may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.
MSAD #11 computers remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school district at all times. The school district monitors all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on school property or elsewhere.
MSAD #11 uses filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography. Although MSAD #11 takes precautions to supervise student use of the Internet, parents should be aware that MSAD #11 can’t reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer and Internet use by students in violation of Board policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school. The school district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.
In the interest of student safety, MSAD #11 also educates students about online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms, the dangers of engaging in “hacking” and other unlawful online activities, and issues surrounding “sexting” and issues surrounding cyber bullying awareness and response.
The Superintendent is responsible for implementing this policy and the accompanying “acceptable use” rules and for documenting student Internet safety training. The Superintendent/designee may implement additional administrative procedures or school rules consistent with Board policy to govern the day-to-day management and operations of the school district’s computer system.
Students and parents shall be informed of this policy and accompanying rules via student handbooks, the school website, and/or other means selected by the Superintendent.
Cross Reference: JICIA-Weapons, Violence, Bullying and School Rules
GCSA – Employee Computer and Internet Use
IJNDB-R – Student Computer and Internet Use Rules
Adopted: June 3, 2004
Revised: May 3, 2007; June 2, 2011, September 6, 2012