Internet Policy and Form

APPROPRIATE AND ACCEPTABLE COMPUTER, NETWORK, AND INTERNET USE

Computers and Computer Networks


Access to school computer systems and the Internet is provided for school district purposes for students and staff as an educational or work related resource. For students, parents’ permission is required to use the Internet. Access is a privilege, not a right, and that access requires responsibility.

Computer storage areas and floppy disks will be treated like school areas. Administrators, or their designees, may review files and communications (including electronic mail) to insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on servers or disks will always be private. Users should also understand that school servers regularly record Internet activity in log files that are available to the public under RSA 91-A: Access to Public Records and Meetings.

Activities not permitted include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures;
  2. Using obscene language;
  3. Harassing, insulting or attacking others;
  4. Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks;
  5. Violating copyright laws;
  6. Using others' passwords;
  7. Trespassing in others' folders, work or files;
  8. Intentionally wasting limited resources;
  9. Conducting business related activities.

    Electronic Mail Guidelines
  10. The content of electronic mail is not secure. Users must not disclose confidential information in electronic mail messages.
  11. Time sensitive information should not be communicated by electronic mail since there is no guarantee that an addressee will receive, read, and/or respond to a message in a timely manner.

 

Access to Internet by Minors


Minors accessing Internet services provided by East Kingston Elementary School shall be subject to the following rules and regulations:

  1. Minors shall not access material that is obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors, or otherwise inappropriate for educational purposes.
  2. Minors shall not use East Kingston Elementary School technology or Internet resources to engage in hacking or attempts to otherwise compromise any computer or network system’s security.
  3. Minors shall not engage in any illegal activities on the Internet.
  4. Minors should only use electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications for purposes related to education within the context of a school-related assignment activity.
  5. Minors shall not disclose personal identification information on the Internet.

 

Access to Internet by Adults


Adults accessing Internet services provided by East Kingston Elementary School shall be subject to the following rules and regulations:

  1. Adults shall not access material that is obscene, child pornography, or otherwise inappropriate for training or work-related uses.
  2. Adults shall not use East Kingston Elementary School technology resources to engage in unauthorized hacking or attempts to otherwise compromise any computer or network system’s security.
  3. Adults shall not engage in illegal activities on the Internet.

 

Technology Protection Measure


Elementary Schools & Cooperative Middle School: East Kingston Elementary School shall use a technology protection measure that blocks and/or filters Internet access to prevent access to Internet sites that are not in accordance with the policies of East Kingston Elementary School in grades K-8.

  1. The technology protection measure that blocks and/or filters Internet access may be disabled by an authorized staff member for bona fide research purposes with permission of the immediate supervisor of the staff member requesting said disabling or with the permission of the administrator of East Kingston Elementary School.
  2. An authorized staff member may override the technology protection measure that blocks and/or filters Internet access for a minor to access a site for bona fide research or other lawful purposes during which time the minor will be monitored directly by the authorized staff member or his/her designee.

    Exeter High School/SST: Exeter High School/SST shall use electronic monitoring software that notifies network administrators of inappropriate access and identifies the user. Blocking and/or filtering software is not used at the high school level.

 

Publishing Guidelines


Students and staff will be allowed to produce materials for electronic publication on East Kingston Elementary School servers for educational purposes. East Kingston Elementary School administration, teachers, and staff will monitor these materials to ensure compliance with content standards. The content of student materials is constrained by the following restrictions:

  1. No personal information about a student will be allowed. This includes telephone numbers and addresses.
  2. Individuals in pictures, movies, sound recordings, or student work may be identified only by their first name.
  3. Parents/guardians must sign a release before a picture, movie, sound recording student work will be published on the school’s website.
  4. No text, image, movie, sound recording, or student work that contains pornography, profanity, obscenity, or language that offends or degrades others will be allowed.

 

Policy Violations


East Kingston Elementary School reserves the right to refuse access to the Internet to anyone when it deems it necessary in the public interest. Violations of this policy will result in a temporary or permanent ban on computer or Internet use. Additional disciplinary action may be added in line with existing practice on inappropriate language or behavior, including termination of employment of school district employees or contractors. When applicable, police or local authorities may be involved.

RSA 194:3-d
Public Law 106-554: Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA)

Appropriate and Acceptable Computer, Network, and Internet Use Permission Form


East Kingston Elementary School is pleased to provide computer, network, and Internet access for students and teachers of the District. The Internet is a privilege and increasingly essential to learning that offers new freedoms and demands new responsibilities. To gain access to our network and the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain permission and must sign and return the attached form to your school’s office.

Connecting to the Internet will benefit students by making fascinating resources from all over the world available. Connection to the Internet brings instantaneous information, images, and sounds into the classroom from places around the globe. Access to these resources can involve students in individual group projects, cross-cultural communication, and idea sharing not found in schools of the past. This access is being provided to your child for educational purposes established within existing curriculum and will be supervised by staff members.

Parents and guardians need to be aware that a relatively small portion of the information available on the Internet may contain inaccurate, obscene, offensive, or illegal material. SAU 16 Schools do not condone the use of such materials and will not allow the use of such materials in school. We have installed blocking/filtering measures in our elementary schools and at the Cooperative Middle School. At Exeter High School we continue to use an electronic monitoring system that notifies network managers of inappropriate access and identifies the user. Staff members continually supervise student Internet access at all grade levels. Despite these measures, it is impossible to restrict access to every controversial item. Therefore, we are giving parents and guardians the option of not permitting their child to have access to the Internet, under the supervision of staff, for educational purposes.

Enclosed is a copy of the East Kingston Elementary School Appropriate And Acceptable Computer, Network, and Internet Use Policy. Please read it thoroughly and discuss it with you child. We ask for your assistance in developing responsible attitudes, reinforcing appropriate behaviors, and observing safe practices on the computer network that is available.

Sincerely,


Jim Eaves, Principal