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Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement 2014-15

Davis Joint Unified School District
2014-15 Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement 

 

Overview. The Davis Joint Unified School District makes a variety of communications and information technologies available to students through computer/network/Internet access. These technologies, when properly used, promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, collaboration, and communication. Illegal, unethical or inappropriate use of these technologies can have dramatic consequences, harming the District, its students, and its employees. The District firmly believes that digital resources, information and interaction available on the computer/network/Internet far outweigh the disadvantages. This Responsible Use Agreement is intended to minimize the likelihood of harm by educating District students and setting standards which will serve to protect the District and its students. 

Mandatory Review by Parent/Guardian and Student. To educate students on proper computer/network/Internet use and conduct, students are required to review these guidelines each school year. The parent or legal guardian of a student user is required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of the District’s Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the Responsible Use Agreement) as part of the annual registration process, which includes signing and submitting a Summary Signature Form at the beginning of each school year.

Definition of District Technology System. The District’s computer systems and networks are any configuration of hardware and software. The system includes, but is not limited, to the following: telephones, cell phones, and voicemail technologies; email accounts; servers; computer hardware and peripherals; software including operating system software and application software; digitized information including stored text, data files, email, digital images, and video/audio files; internally or externally accessed databases, applications, or tools (Internet or District-server based); District-provided Internet access including guest Wi-Fi; and new technologies as they become available. 

Student Use Expectations. The school's information technology resources are provided for educational and instructional purposes. If you have any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is acceptable, consult with your teacher, supervisor, or administrator to help decide if a use is appropriate. You must do all of the following to keep your school technology privileges: 

Respect and protect your own and the privacy of others by:

1.    Using only accounts assigned to you.
2.    Only viewing or using passwords, data, drives, or networks to which you are authorized.
3.    Never distributing private information about yourself or others.

Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources by:

1.    Observing all District Internet filters and posted network security practices.
2.    Reporting security risks or violations to a teacher or network administrator.
3.    Not destroying or damaging data, equipment, networks, or other resources that do not belong to you, without clear permission of the owner, (not hacking, uploading, downloading or creating computer viruses, sending mass emails or spam, or causing a disruption to electronic services).
4.    Sharing technology resources with other users by not deliberately causing network congestion or consuming excessive electronic storage. 
5.    Immediately notifying a staff member or administrator of computer or network malfunctions. 

Respect and protect the intellectual property of others by:

1.    Following copyright laws (not making illegal copies of music, pictures, images, videos, games, software, apps, files or movies).
2.    Citing sources when using others' work (not plagiarizing).

Respect your community by:

1.    Communicating only in ways that are kind and respectful.
2.    Reporting threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher or administrator.
3.    Not intentionally accessing, transmitting, copying, or creating material that violates the school's code of conduct (such as messages/content that are pornographic, obscene, threatening, , discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying).
4.    Not intentionally accessing, transmitting, copying, or creating material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, impersonating another person for harmful purposes, or illegal copies of copyrighted works).
5.    Not using the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school's standards for student behavior, such as cheating.
6.    Refraining from buying, selling, advertising, or otherwise conducting business, unless approved as a school project.
7.    Participating positively in all digital learning environments and refraining from behaviors that negatively impact your peers or staff members.

Consequences for Violation.  Violations may result in the loss of your privileges to use the school or District’s information technology resources.  Violations may also result in disciplinary action, imposed in accordance with the District’s Standards for Student Behavior up to and including suspension or expulsion depending on the degree and severity of the violation.  Violations could also result in criminal prosecution by government authorities.

Student Access to Computer/Network/Internet. Computer/Network/Internet access is provided to all students for educational and instructional purposes. Each District computer with Internet access has filtering software that blocks access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The District makes every effort to limit access to objectionable material; however, controlling all such materials on the computer/network/Internet is impossible, even with filtering in place. With global access to computers and people, a risk exists that students may access material that may not be of educational value in the school setting.

Digital Learning Environments. Students may participate in online environments related to curricular projects or school activities and use digital tools, such as, but not limited to, mobile devices, blogs, discussion forums, RSS feeds, podcasts, wikis, and online meeting sessions. The use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other digital tools are considered an extension of the classroom. Verbal or written language that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other District-provided digital tools. For students under the age of 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires additional parental permission for use of educational software tools and applications. Parents wishing to deny access to these curricular resources must do so in writing to the site principal indicating their child should be denied access to these tools.

Supervision and Monitoring. The use of District owned information technology resources is not private. Authorized employees monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that uses are secure and in conformity with District policies. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school's networks in order to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, or to protect property. In other words, students must understand that computer files and electronic communications are not private and may be accessed by the District for the purpose of ensuring proper use. Administrators may also use this information in disciplinary actions, and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement. The District reserves the right to determine which uses constitute acceptable use and to limit access to such uses. The District also reserves the right to limit the time of access and priorities among competing acceptable uses.

Disclaimer of Liability. The District makes no guarantees about the quality of services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from the use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. The District denies any responsibility for material encountered on a computer network, including the Internet, which may be deemed objectionable to a user (or his/her parents, if a minor) or for any hostile or injurious actions of third parties encountered through a computer network. Any statement accessible on the computer network or the Internet is understood to be the author’s individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates or employees.  Due to the nature of electronic communications and changes in the law, it is also impossible for the District to guarantee confidentiality of email sent and received over any computer network.

This Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement is consistent with the District’s Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 6163.4.

By signing the Summary Signature Form located at www.djusd.net/registration, I have read, understand, shared with my student and acknowledge receipt of this Responsible Use Agreement.