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5500POLICY REGARDING STUDENT USE OF THE DISTRICT'S COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND INTERNET SAFETY

Policy 5500

POLICY REGARDING STUDENT USE OF THE DISTRICT'S COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND INTERNET SAFETY

 Computers, computer networks, electronic devices, Internet access, and e-mail are effective and important technological resources.  The Board of Education provides computers, a computer network, including Internet access and an e-mail system, as well as other electronic devices that access the network such as wireless and/or portable electronic hand-held equipment that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture and recording, sound recording, information transmitting and/or receiving, storing etc. (including, but not limited to, laptops, Kindles or other e-readers, radios, iPads or other tablet computers), referred to collectively as "the computer systems", in order to enhance both the educational opportunities for our students and the business operations of the district. 

 These computer systems are business and educational tools.  As such, they are made available to students in the district for education related uses.  The Administration shall develop regulations setting forth procedures to be used by the Administration in an effort to ensure that such computer systems are used by students solely for education related purposes.  The Board will educate minor students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.  Additionally, the Board will implement a technology protection measure to block or filter Internet access to visual depictions that contain obscene material, contain child pornography, or are harmful to minors and ensure that such filtering technology is operative during computer use by minor students. 

 As the owner of the computer systems, the Board reserves the right to monitor the use of the district’s computers and computer systems.

 

Legal References:

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-221

 

Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-182b; 53a-183; 53a-250

 

Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99-508, codified at 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510 through 2520

 

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, codified at 20 U.S.C. § 6301 et seq., as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act, Pub. L. 114-95

 

Children’s Internet Protection Act, Pub. L. 106-554, codified at 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)

 

Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, Pub. Law 110-385, codified at 47 U.S.C. § 254(h) (5)(B)(iii)

 

ADOPTED November 17, 2015

 Amended December 6, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved 12/6/2016
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