LCS Technology Responsible Use Policy
LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOLS
BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLE USE
The board provides its students and staff access to a variety of
technological resources, including
laptop computers. These resources provide opportunities to enhance
learning and improve
communication within the school community and with the larger
global community. Through the
school district's technological resources, users can observe events
as they occur around the world, interact with others on a variety
of subjects, and acquire access to current and in-depth
information. The board intends that students and employees benefit
from these resources while remaining within the bounds of safe,
legal and responsible use. Accordingly, the board establishes this
policy to govern student and employee use of school district
technological resources. This policy applies regardless of whether
such use occurs on or off school district property, and it applies
to all school district technological resources, including but not
limited to computer networks and connections, the resources, tools
and learning environments made available by or on the networks and
all devices that connect to those networks.
A. EXPECTATIONS FOR USE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES
School district technological resources may only be used by
students, staff and others
expressly authorized by the Technology Department. The use of
technological resources, including access to the Internet, is a
privilege, not a right.
Individual users of the school district's technological resources
are responsible for their
behavior and communications when using those resources. Responsible
use of school
district technological resources is use that is ethical,
respectful, academically honest and
supportive of student learning. Each user has the responsibility to
respect others in the
school community and on the Internet. Users are expected to abide
by the generally accepted
rules of network etiquette.
In addition, anyone who uses school district computers or
electronic devices or who accesses
the school network or the Internet using school district resources
must comply with the
additional rules for responsible use listed in Section B, below.
These rules are intended to
clarify expectations for conduct but should not be construed as
all-inclusive. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result
in disciplinary action, including revocation of user privileges.
Willful misuse may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal
prosecution under applicable state and federal law.
B. RULES FOR USE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES
1. School district technological resources are provided for
school-related purposes only. Acceptable uses of such technological
resources are limited to responsible, efficient and legal
activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school
district technological resources for political purposes or for
commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Student personal use of
school district technological resources for amusement or
entertainment is also prohibited. Because some incidental and
occasional personal use by employees is inevitable, the board
permits infrequent and brief personal use by employees so long as
it occurs on personal time, does not interfere with school district
business and is not otherwise prohibited by board policy or
2. School district technological resources are installed and
maintained by members of the Technology Department. Students and
employees shall not attempt to perform any installation or
maintenance without the permission of the Technology
3. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school
district be copied for personal use.
4. Students and employees must comply with all applicable laws,
including those relating to copyrights and trademarks, confidential
information, and public records. Any use that violates state or
federal law is strictly prohibited.
5. No user of technological resources, including a person
sending or receiving electronic communications, may engage in
creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading, storing,
printing or transmitting images, graphics (including still or
moving pictures), sound files, text files, documents, messages or
other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, pornographic,
harassing, abusive or considered to be harmful to minors.
6. The use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering
7. Users may not install or use any Internet-based file sharing
program designed to facilitate sharing of copyrighted material.
8. Users of technological resources may not send electronic
communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity
of the sender).
9. Users must respect the privacy of others. When using e-mail,
chat rooms, blogs or other forms of electronic communication,
students must not reveal personal identifying information, or
information that is private or confidential, such as the home
address or telephone number, credit or checking account information
or social security number of themselves or fellow students. In
addition, school employees must not disclose on school district
websites or web pages or elsewhere on the Internet any personally
identifiable, private or confidential information concerning
students (including names, addresses or pictures) without the
written permission of a parent or guardian or an eligible student,
except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA). Users also may not forward or post personal
communications without the author's prior consent.
10. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers,
computer systems, electronic devices, software, computer networks
or data of any user connected to school district technological
resources. Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit computer
viruses or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade
or disrupt system performance.
11. Users may not create or introduce games, network
communications programs or any foreign program or software onto any
school district computer, electronic device or network without the
express permission of the technology director or designee.
12. Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or
unlawful activities, such as "hacking" or using the computer
network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access
to other computers, computer systems or accounts.
13. Users are prohibited from using another individual's ID or
password for any technological resource without permission from the
individual. Students must also have permission from the teacher or
other school official.
14. Users may not read, alter, change, block, execute or delete
files or communications belonging to another user without the
owner's express prior permission.
15. Employees shall not use passwords or user IDs for any data
system for an unauthorized or improper purpose.
16. If a user identifies a security problem on a technological
resource, he or she must immediately notify a system administrator.
Users must not demonstrate the problem to other users. Any user
identified as a security risk will be denied access.
17. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to supervise
students' use of the Internet during instructional time, to ensure
that such use is appropriate for the student's age and the
circumstances and purpose of the use.
18. Views may be expressed on the Internet or other
technological resources as representing the view of the school
district or part of the school district only with prior approval by
the superintendent or designee.
19. Without permission by the board, users may not connect any
personal technologies such as laptops and workstations, wireless
access points and routers, etc. to a district owned and maintained
local, wide or metro area network. Connection of personal devices
such as iPods, smartphones, PDAs and printers is permitted but not
supported by LCS technical staff. The board is not responsible for
the content accessed by users who connect to the Internet via their
personal mobile telephone technology (e.g., 3G, 4G service).
20. Users must back up data and other important files
21. Those who use district owned and maintained technologies to
access the Internet at home are responsible for both the cost and
configuration of such use.
22. Students who are issued district owned and maintained
laptops must also follow these guidelines:
a. Keep the laptop secure and damage free.
b. Use the provided protective computer bag at all times.
c. Do not loan out the laptop, charger or cords.
d. Do not leave the laptop in your vehicle.
e. Do not leave the laptop unattended.
f. Do not eat or drink while using the laptop or have food or
drinks in close proximity to the laptop.
g. Do not allow pets near the laptop.
h. Do not place the laptop on the floor or on a sitting area such
as a chair or couch.
i. Do not leave the laptop near table or desk edges.
j. Do not stack objects on top of the laptop.
k. Do not leave the laptop outside.
l. Do not use the laptop near water such as a pool.
m. Do not check the laptop as luggage at the airport.
n. Back up data and other important files regularly. LCS will at
times perform maintenance on the laptops by imaging. All files not
backed up to server storage space or other storage devices may be
deleted during this process.
C. RESTRICTED MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET
The Internet and electronic communications offer fluid environments
in which students may access or be exposed to materials and
information from diverse and rapidly changing sources, including
some that may be harmful to students. The Board recognizes that it
is impossible to predict with certainty what information on the
Internet students may access or obtain. Nevertheless school
district personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent
students from accessing material and information that is obscene,
pornographic or otherwise harmful to minors, including violence,
nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate
pedagogical purpose. The superintendent shall ensure that
technology protection measures are used and are disabled or
minimized only when permitted by law and board policy. The board is
not responsible for the content accessed by users who connect to
the Internet via their personal mobile telephone technology (e.g.,
3G, 4G service).
D. PARENTAL CONSENT
The board recognizes that parents of minors are responsible for
setting and conveying the standards their children should follow
when using media and information sources. Accordingly, before a
student may independently access the Internet, the student's parent
must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain
access to inappropriate material while engaged in independent use
of the Internet. The parent and student must consent to the
student's independent access to the Internet. In addition, in
accordance with the board's goals and visions for technology,
students may require accounts in third party systems for school
related projects designed to assist students in mastering effective
and proper online communications or to meet other educational
goals. Parental permission will be obtained when necessary to
create and manage such third party accounts.
No right of privacy exists in the use of technological resources.
Users should not assume that files or communications accessed,
downloaded, created or transmitted using school district
technological resources or stored on services or hard drives of
individual computers will be private. School district
administrators or individuals designated by the superintendent may
review files, monitor all communication and intercept e-mail
messages to maintain system integrity and to ensure compliance with
board policy and applicable laws and regulations. School district
personnel shall monitor on-line activities of individuals who
access the Internet via a school-owned computer. Under certain
circumstances, the board may be required to disclose such
electronic information to law enforcement or other third parties,
for example, as a response to a document production request in a
lawsuit against the board, as a response to a public records
request or as evidence of illegal activity in a criminal
F. SECURITY/CARE OF PROPERTY
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when
the system involves many users. Employees are responsible for
reporting information security violations to appropriate personnel.
Employees should not demonstrate the suspected security violation
to other users. Unauthorized attempts to log onto any school system
computer on the board's network as a system administrator may
result in cancellation of user privileges and/or additional
disciplinary action. Any user identified as a security risk or
having a history of problems with other systems may be denied
access. Users of school district technology resources are expected
to respect school district property and be responsible in using the
equipment. Users are to follow all instructions regarding
maintenance or care of the equipment. Users may be held responsible
for any loss or damage caused by intentional or negligent acts in
caring for computers while under their control. The school district
is responsible for any routine maintenance or standard repairs
school system computers.
G. PERSONAL WEBSITES
The superintendent may use any means available to request the
removal of personal websites that substantially disrupt the school
environment or that utilize school district or individual school
names, logos or trademarks without permission.
Though school personnel generally do not monitor students' Internet
activity conducted on non-school district devices during non-school
hours, when the student's on-line behavior has a direct and
immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and
discipline in the schools, the student may be disciplined in
accordance with board policy.
Employees' personal websites are subject to the LCS procedure on
Employee Use of Social Media.
Volunteers are to maintain an appropriate relationship with
students at all times. Volunteers are encouraged to block students
from viewing personal information on volunteer personal websites or
on-line networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility
that students could view materials that are not age-appropriate. An
individual volunteer's relationship with the school district may be
terminated if the volunteer engages in inappropriate online
interaction with students.
The board makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or
implied, for the service it is providing. The board will not be
responsible for any damages suffered by any user. Such damages
include, but are not limited to, loss of data resulting from
delays, non-deliveries or service interruptions, whether caused by
the school district's or the user's negligence, errors or
omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at
the user's own risk. The school district specifically disclaims any
responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained
through its Internet services.
Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. I; Children's Internet
Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5);
Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2522; Family
Educational Rights and
Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.; 20 U.S.C.