Policy: IFC - R1
Lyme School Internet Acceptable Use Procedure
The Lyme School is pleased to offer Internet access to our
students for the purpose of enhancing learning. To gain access
to these resources, all students must obtain parental permission
and must sign and return the Internet permission form.
Students may access the school’s electronic resources
for educational purposes only. Acceptable use includes classroom
activities, curriculum research, and may involve electronic
communication, as designated by the school. The school’s
electronic resources shall not be used for commercial purposes.
Parents/guardians are warned that some material accessible
via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory,
inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While
it is the school’s intent to provide appropriate electronic
resources to enhance the curriculum, and electronic filtering
software is used to prevent access to inappropriate materials,
students may find ways to access such materials. We believe
that benefits to students from access to electronic resources
and the Internet for information gathering and research, exceed
the potential disadvantages.
Ultimately, parents /guardians of minors are responsible for
setting and conveying the standards that their children should
follow when using electronic resources. To that end, we support
and respect each family’s right to decide whether or
not to apply for access.
Acceptable Use of the Internet
Individual Users shall:
Understand that access to the Internet is a
privilege not a right. Users are responsible for their own behavior
and inappropriate use may result in loss of the privilege.
Understand that use of the school’s electronic
resources is not confidential and may be monitored at any time
by designated staff to ensure appropriate use.
Understand that not all information on the Internet
is accurate and not all people are who they claim to be.
Not give out personal information about themselves
or others, such as name, school, address, or phone number.
Not purposefully access or send materials which
include text, pictures, or video or audio files that are rude,
disrespectful, abusive, obscene, threatening, harassing, damaging
to another’s reputation, or illegal.
Report any messages or web sites that are suggestive,
obscene, threatening, to the supervising teacher, Technology
Coordinator, Guidance Counselor, or Principal, and not respond
to any such messages.
Not use the school’s electronic resources
and Internet connection for commercial or illegal purposes.
Not copy or redistribute copyrighted programs
or data except with the written permission of the copyright
holder or designee.
Not plagiarize work using the school’s
electronic resources (plagiarism is taking the ideas, writings,
or work of others and presenting them as one’s own). All
information used should be properly credited.
Not abuse the school’s electronic network
by downloading large files or sending annoying or unnecessary
messages to a large number of people.
Not attempt to damage computers, computer networks
Not upload, download or redistribute software
programs to the system without prior permission.
Not gain, or attempt to gain, unauthorized
access to the school’s electronic resources, network or
Not access chat rooms, web-based e-mail programs,
or instant messaging programs without prior permission to use
these resources for educational purposes.
Individual users may have access to e-mail accounts set up
for classroom projects under the supervision of the teacher.
Web based e-mail programs may not be accessed without prior
permission and may only be used for educational purposes.
Limitation of Liability
The school is not responsible for the accuracy
or quality of information obtained through the Internet. The
school will not be responsible for any damage individual users
may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or
interruption of service. The school will not be responsible
for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized
use of the system. Parents/guardians of the individual user
may be held financially responsible for any harm to the system
as a result of carelessness or intentional misuse.
Use of the Internet is subject to existing school policies,
as indicated in the Lyme School Handbook. The principal and
technology coordinator will determine whether specific uses
of the network are consistent with school policies. If there
is evidence that a violation has occurred, the Principal shall
be notified and will determine appropriate consequences.