6 Acceptable Use

The use of South Washington County Schools technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the District is not transferrable or extended by students to people or groups outside the District and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in South Washington Public Schools. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the User Terms and Conditions named in this document, as well as District policy 524-Technology Acceptable Use and Safety Policy privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied including: suspension/expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

6.1 Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • Talk to your student about values and the standards they should follow on the use of the Internet just as you do on the use of all media information sources such as television, telephones, movies, and radio.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for monitoring their student's use of the school district system and of the Internet if the student is accessing the school district system from home or a remote location.

6.2 School Responsibilities

  • Provide Internet as well as access to other educational resources for students while at school.
  • Provide Internet blocking of inappropriate materials as able. (Parents can also set Internet controls at home).
  • Provide network data storage areas for Devices. These will be treated similar to school lockers. South Washington County Schools reserves the right to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via school district-owned equipment and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.
  • Provide staff guidance to aid students in doing research and to help ensure student compliance of District policy 524-Acceptable Technology Use and Safety Policy.

6.3 Student Responsibilities

  • Use Devices in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Obey general school expectations concerning behavior and communication that applies to Device use.
  • Use all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment. This damage includes, but is not limited to, the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions caused by the student's own negligence, errors or omissions.
  • Use of any information obtained via South Washington County Schools' designated Internet system is at your own risk. South Washington County Schools specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
  • Help South Washington County Schools protect our computer system/device by contacting an administrator about any security problems they may encounter.
  • Turn off and secure their Device after they are done working to protect their work and information.
  • Make a teacher (at school) or parent/guardian (at home) aware immediately in the event that any email is received or content encountered that contains inappropriate content or abusive language.
  • Students who graduate early, withdraw, or terminate enrollment for any other reason must return their individual school Device and accessories on the last day of attendance.

6.4 Student Activities Strictly Prohibited

  • Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
  • Any action that violates existing School Board policy or public law.
  • Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials.
  • Use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of student work.
  • Use of outside data disks or external attachments without prior approval from the administration.
  • Changing of Device settings (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc.)
  • Downloading unauthorized Apps or Extensions.
  • Spamming (sending mass or inappropriate emails).
  • Gaining access to other students' accounts, files, and/or data.
  • Exchanging Devices and/or switching Device identification labels to conceal fault of damage.
  • Use of the school's Internet/email accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity.
  • Use of anonymous and/or false communications through social media or other Internet-based tools.
  • Participation in credit card fraud, electronic forgery or other forms of illegal behavior.
  • Vandalism (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) of school equipment.
  • Transmission or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients.
  • Bypassing South Washington County Schools' filter through a web proxy.

6.5 Use of Technology and Telecommunications Systems by Students

The District requires that student's use of all electronic devices be in accordance with the 524-Acceptable Technology Use and Safety Policy.

Legal Propriety

  • Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask a teacher or parent.
  • Plagiarism is a violation of South Washington County School District. Give credit to all sources used, whether quotes or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.
  • Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited, and violators will be subject to District disciplinary procedures. Violation of applicable state or federal law will result in criminal prosecution or disciplinary action by the District.