Acceptable Internet Use Policy

EAST MEADOW UNION FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTER NETWORK AND INTERNET

Student use of the Instructional Network with all of its resources and the Internet in any of the East Meadow Public Schools must agree to the following terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions
You agree to seek information that has educational value in the context of the East Meadow Public School setting. This means that you are seeking information directly related to course and class work in the school. The Instructional Network and its resources, including Internet access, should not be used for personal reasons.

The rules:
Network administrators will have access to storage areas in the same manner that school administrators have access to school lockers. Network administrators will also have access to review communications and contents of directories to maintain system integrity and insure that the system is being responsibly used.

Users are expected to remain within allocated disk space. Users are responsible for deletion of files that take up excessive storage space or are no longer needed.

No profane, abusive or impolite language should be used on the Instructional Network nor should materials be accessed that are not in line with the rules of school behaviors. A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials that you would not want your teachers and parents to see. Should inappropriate material be encountered by accident, it should be reported to the classroom teacher immediately.

Acceptable Use:
The purpose of the Instructional Network is to support research and education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of the Instructional Network must be in support of education and research, and it must be consistent with the educational objectives of the schools. The following guidelines should be followed to prevent loss of Instructional Network privileges:

  • Do not use a computer technology to harm other people or their work.
  • Do not damage the computer, the network or any peripherals in any way.
  • Do not interfere with the operation of the network by installing illegal software, shareware, or freeware.
  • Do not violate copyright laws.
  • Do not view, send, or display offensive messages or pictures.
  • Do not share your password with another person.
  • Do not waste limited resources such as disk space or printing capacity.
  • Do not trespass in another person's folders, work or files.
  • Do not transmit any material in violation of any United States federal or state regulation. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening, harassing, or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.
  • Do not use the computer for commercial activity.
  • Do not use the computer for product advertisement or political lobbying.
  • Do not use the computer for personal commercial purposes, personal financial gain or other non-instructionally related purposes or gains.
  • Do not transmit viruses over the Instructional Network.
  • Do not attempt to log on to any computer as a system administrator, or attempt to by-pass or remove any security component, or use any inappropriate material in the computer.


Privileges:
The use of the Instructional Network and its resources, including the Internet, is a privilege, not a right, and must be treated with the highest ethical standards. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of your privileges by the school administrator or the Director of Instructional Technology. The school will determine what is appropriate use and its decision is final, subject to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools or his designee. The school may close an account or prohibit you from using the Instructional Network or the Internet at any time as deemed necessary by administrative staff. Any problems and/or questions must be directed to the principal first. You have the full responsibility for the use of the account, and under no conditions should you share an account or a password with any other person.

Netiquette:
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Be polite at all times.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Safeguard your personal information. You should not reveal a personal address, phone number, or credit card number or those of anyone else.
  • Refrain from using email without the permission of the library media specialists or your teacher.
  • Use the Instructional Network in such a way that would not disrupt the use of the network by other users.


Warranties:
The school or district is not responsible for loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by any reason. Use of any information obtained from the Internet is at your own risk. The East Meadow School District cannot be responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet Service Provider. It is your responsibility to verify the integrity and authenticity of information. The East Meadow School District makes a reasonable attempt to filter inappropriate material; however, no filtering system is absolute. If sites are received over the Instructional Network that are inappropriate and brought to the attention of the district or school, every effort will be made to block the site(s).

Security Issues:

Security on any computer is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you identify a security problem on the Instructional Network or the Internet, you must notify a teacher, library media specialist or the principal immediately. Due to the potential for virus transmissions, students with home "always-on" access such as Cablevision or DSL connections will not be allowed to FTP to their home computers.

Vandalism:
Any act of vandalism may result in the imposition of penalties, including, but not limited to, revocation of access privileges, school disciplinary action and legal action. Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm or destroy data or hardware or to change the operating configuration of any computer or any networks connected to the computer. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

YOU MUST SIGN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SHEET INDICATING THAT YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO BE ABLE TO USE THE INSTRUCTIONAL NETWORK AND THE INTERNET IN SCHOOL.

Student's Signature: __________________________
Date: ________________

Parent's Name: (print) ________________________

"I have read the above information about the appropriate use of computers at school and have discussed the contents with my child. I understand this agreement will be kept on file at the school." (Questions should be directed to the principal for clarification.)

Parent's Signature: ___________________________
Date: ________________


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