Staff Internet and Computer Use
Internet access is an important tool for communicating, keeping up-to-date with current developments in education, and for conducting research to enhance management, teaching and learning skills.† The following procedures and guidelines are intended to ensure appropriate use of the Internet at the school by the districtís faculty and staff.† Staff should also refer to the districtís policy on Staff and District Social Media Use.†
I. Staff Expectations in Use of the Internet
A. Acceptable Use
1. Staff shall be restricted to use the Internet to conduct research for instructional purposes.
2. Staff may use the Internet for school-related e-mail communication with fellow educators, students, parents and patrons.
3. Staff may use the Internet in any other way which serves a legitimate educational purpose and that is consistent with district policy and good professional judgment.†
4. Teachers should integrate the use of electronic resources into the classroom.† As the quality and integrity of content on the Internet is not guaranteed, teachers must examine the source of the information and provide guidance to students on evaluating the quality of information they may encounter on the Internet.
B. Unacceptable Use
1. Staff shall not access obscene or pornographic material.
2. Staff shall not engage in any illegal activities on school computers, including the downloading and reproduction of copyrighted materials.
3. Staff shall not use chat rooms, message boards, or instant messaging.†
4. Staff shall not use school computers or district internet access to participate in on-line auctions, on-line gaming, mp3/mp4 sharing systems or other digital content sharing systems such as BitTorrent.
5. Staff shall be mindful of the limitations placed on the use of public resources for things such as lobbying or political advocacy.
6. Staff shall not share their passwords with anyone, including students, volunteers or fellow employees.
II. School Affiliated Websites
Staff must obtain the permission of the administration prior to creating or publishing any school-affiliated web page which represents itself to be school-related, or which could be reasonably understood to be school-related.† This includes any website which identifies the school district by name or which uses the schoolís mascot name or image.†
Staff must provide administrators with the username and password for all school-affiliated web pages and must only publish content appropriate for the school setting.† Staff must also comply with all board policies in their school-affiliated websites and must comply with the boardís policy on professional boundaries between staff and students at all times and in all contexts.
Publication of student work or personality-identifiable student information on the Internet may violate the Federal Education Records Privacy Act.† Staff must obtain the consent of their building principal or the superintendent prior to posting any student-related information on the Internet.†
A. Methods of Enforcement
The district owns the computer system and monitors e-mail and Internet communications, Internet usage, and patterns of Internet usage.† Staff members have no right of privacy in any electronic communications or files, which are stored or accessed on or using school property and these are subject to search and inspection at any time.†
1. The district uses a technology protection measure that blocks access to some sites that are not in accordance with the districtís policy. †Standard use of the Internet utilizes a proxy server-based filter that screens for non-curriculum related pages.†
2. Due to the nature of technology, the filter may sometimes block pages that are appropriate for staff research.† The system administrator may override the technology protection measures that blocks or filters Internet access for staff access to a site with legitimate educational value that is wrongly blocked.
3. The district will monitor staff use of the Internet by monitoring Internet use history to ensure enforcement of this policy.
B. Any violation of school policy and rules may result in that staff member facing:
1. Discharge from employment or such other discipline as the administration and/or the board deem appropriate;
2. The filing of a complaint with the Commissioner of Education alleging unprofessional conduct by a certified staff member;
3. When appropriate, the involvement of law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing.
Adopted on: July 13, 2009
Reviewed on:† January 13, 2014
Revised on:† March 14, 2016
Revised on: June 13, 2016