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Policy: IFC
School District Internet Access for Students


The rich sources of information available on the Internet hold the promise of greatly enhancing the quality of education available to all students. Therefore, Internet access will be made available to students in the District for the purposes of communication, research, and education.

District personnel will monitor student Internet use and the degree of access to the Internet will be dependent upon the age of students.

SAFETY PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement appropriate procedures to provide guidelines for access and use of electronic media. See IFC-R1 and IFC-R2.

Guidelines shall address teacher supervision of student computer use, ethical use of electronic media (including, but not limited to, the Internet, e-mail, and other District technological resources), and issues of privacy versus administrative review of electronic files and communications. In addition, guidelines shall prohibit use of networks for prohibited or illegal activities, the intentional spreading of embedded messages, bullying, or the use of other programs with the potential of damaging or destroying programs or data.


The following Internet safety measures shall be incorporated into the procedures governing the use of Internet and e-mail:

  1. A District Internet acceptable use procedure.
  2. Rules for Internet use included in all student handbooks.
  3. Student Internet Accounts (available only with parental permission). Requirements will include:
    A. Compliance with the District Acceptable Use Procedures;
    B. Internet training, (including training on personal responsibility, ethical and courteous behavior, and the Acceptable Use Procedures and the Code of Conduct);
  4. Training for staff to increase their skills in working with students on the Internet;
  5. Methods of controlling access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
  6. Measures designed to address safety and security of minors when they are using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications;
  7. Rules to prevent unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by students;
  8. Rules to prohibit unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
  9. Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to them.

AUDIT OF USE
The Superintendent/designee shall establish a process to determine whether the District's education technology is being used for purposes prohibited by law or for accessing sexually explicit materials.


Legal Reference:
RSA 194:3-d, School District Computer Networks
47 U.S.C. Section 254, Children's Internet Protection Act, Effective April 20, 2001

ADOPTED: November 3, 1997
REVIEWED: August 24, 2000
REVISED: January 27 2005
REVISED: May 2008