The Internet is an electronic highway connecting hundreds of thousands of computers and millions of individual users all over the world. This computer technology will help propel our schools through the communication age by allowing students and staff to access and use resources from distant computers, communicate and collaborate with other individuals and groups around the world, and significantly expand their available information base. The Internet is a tool for lifelong learning.

While the district is required by federal regulations to employ Internet filtering software, and has done this, families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet, which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student’s parent or guardian would be liable.

While the District’s intent is to make Internet access available in order to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. Even should the District institute technical methods or systems to regulate students’ Internet access; those methods could not guarantee compliance with the District’s acceptable use policy. That notwithstanding, the District believes the benefits to students of access to the internet exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, however, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. 

NOTICE: This policy and all its provisions are subordinate to local, state, and federal statutes

Technology Protocols for Staff and Students

  • NO food, gum, drinks or any liquids (except for specific science experiments) near the equipment.
  • Students must be properly supervised at all times.
  • Students must have assigned seats and/or computer numbers, which are recorded on the appropriate computer assignment sheet.
  • Classes that do not fill an entire lab should be grouped together for better supervision.
  • Print only what is necessary and pertinent to lesson plan objective(s).
  • Save work in the ‘SAVE HERE’ folder (or another appropriate folder within the ‘SAVE HERE’ folder).
  • NO games, checking internet e-mail accounts or internet chatting unless part of a specific lesson directed by a teacher.
  • NO downloading or installing of programs.
  • Quit all programs when finished.
  • Last class of the day should shut down all computers in the computer lab.