Adoption Date: 4/22/1997, Revised: 6/20/2000; 12/7/04; 8/21/07; 1/19/16


New technologies are shifting the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred. Those changes also offer the opportunity to enhance instruction and student learning. As part of the educational program, Brockport Central School District provides students access to the Internet.

Along with access to computers and people all over the world comes the availability of materials that may not be considered appropriate in the classroom. Brockport Central School District uses an Internet filtering program to protect students from accessing materials that may not be considered appropriate in the classroom. However, on an ever- changing global network it is impossible to control all materials. Ultimately, the school staff, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards for students to follow when using media and information sources. BCS supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to allow their child to access the Internet.

By accessing the District internet and network all users agree to abide by the acceptable use policy.

Rules and Responsibilities

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply as outlined in the students handbook and the District Code of Conduct.

Internet Access is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others in relation to school work. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, based upon the acceptable use guidelines outlined in this document, the system administrators may deny access at any time and the administration, faculty, and staff of Brockport Central Schools may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user access based on violations of the rules and standards contained in this policy and accompanying regulation.

The use of network resources must be in support of education and research and must be consistent with academic expectations of Brockport Central Schools. Use of other organizations' networks or computing resources must comply with rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of U.S. or state regulations including copyrighted, threatening, or obscene materials is prohibited. Use for commercial activities by for-profit organizations, product promotion, political lobbying, or illegal activities is strictly prohibited.

The user is expected to abide by the following network rules of etiquette. The user will:

a) Be polite and will not write or send abusive messages.
b) Use appropriate language (swearing, use of vulgarities or any other inappropriate language is prohibited).
c) Not transmit obscene materials or receive offensive messages or pictures from any source.
d) Not reveal the personal address or phone number of him/herself or others.
e) Not communicate any credit card number, bank account number, or any other financial information.
f) Not assume that all electronic mail is private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Inappropriate messages can result in suspension of privileges.
g) Not send messages inflammatory or derogatory toward any race, religion, culture, ethnic group, gender or sexual orientation.
h) Not tamper with or copy school-owned software or load personal software onto school-owned computers.
i) Not download non-educational software from the Internet.
j) Not use the network in a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users.
k) Not commit acts of vandalism. Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user will not be tolerated. Any questionable action will result in the cancellation of user privileges.
l) Not use school computers for unauthorized chat line purposes.
m) Confine printing to school related materials.
n) Not post personal web pages as part of the district's web site. All web pages for classes or extracurricular groups must be approved and in compliance with Board Policy #3180 District Web Site/Web Pages.

Violation of any of the above mentioned rules and responsibilities will result in a loss of access and may result in other disciplinary or legal actions.

Other Personal Electronic Devices

Cell phones, IPODS or other personal electronic devices can greatly enhance an individual's safety, productivity, learning or entertainment. It is the responsibility of the user to use such devices in a responsible manner that does not disrupt the rights of others or in any way infringe upon the educational environment.

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