Acceptable Use Policy

Battle Creek Public Schools
Acceptable Use Policy

Instruction Student and Staff Access to Computers, Telecommunications, Electronic and Networked Information Resources

In a free and democratic society, access to information is fundamental to citizenship and the foundation for further educational attainment. The Board of Education recognizes that as computers, telecommunications and other new technologies change the ways that information may be accessed, communicated and transferred, those changes may also alter instruction, staff and student learning. The Board generally supports access by staff and students to rich information resources along with the development of appropriate skills to analyze and evaluate such resources.

Telecommunications, because it may lead to any publicly available fileserver in the world, will open classrooms to electronic information which may not have been screened prior to use by staff or students of various ages. The Board believes that the benefits to staff and students from access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. The Board expects the staff to integrate resources, which have been gathered through telecommunications, electronic information sources, and networked services into the curriculum. Staff will be expected to follow the guidelines for materials contained in Board Policy and honor the goals for selection of materials contained therein.

While computers and the district-area network are provided for staff and students to conduct research and communicate with others, access to such will be provided to staff who shall act in a considerate and responsible manner. General school rules for behavior and communications apply to all computer use and users.

Instruction Acceptable Use Policy or Agreement

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the equipment, computers and network resources. Students or staff knowingly violating the terms of the policy or agreement will be dealt with according to the student or staff discipline policies of the individual school building and Battle Creek Public Schools and/or civil authorities, and such activities may result in termination of their account/access and or expulsion from school or termination of employment.

The signatures at the end of this document for students and parents are legally binding and indicate those who have signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance. Staff, though not signing, is expected to follow this policy.

Terms and Conditions

The use of equipment, computers, network resources and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. No reasonable expectation of continued use or access shall exist. The administration, faculty, and staff of Battle Creek Public Schools may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts/access.

The use of your account and/or access must be consistent with the educational objectives of the Battle Creek Public Schools. Use of electronic resources for recreational games is prohibited.

To transmit or knowingly receive any materials in violation of any United States, Nebraska, or Battle Creek Public Schools regulation or law is prohibited. The includes, but is not limited to, the following: copyrighted material, threatening, harassing, pornographic, obscene, or profane material, materials related to the illegal use or manufacture of restricted substances, defamatory or discriminatory material, or material protected by trade secret. Commercial activities, product advertising, political lobbying and extensive personal use are prohibited.

Network Etiquette- You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Be polite. Do not be abusive in your messages to others.
  • Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language, material or images.
  • Do not reveal your full name, phone number, or home address, or those of other persons when using the Internet.
  • Note that electronic mail (e-mail) and other computer use or storage is not guaranteed to be private or confidential. Network or other computer use or storage areas are and will be treated as school property. Computers, Chromebooks, Ipads, files and communications may be accessed and reviewed by District personnel and may be accessed by other computer users.
  • Do not use electronic resources or the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use by other people.
  • Permission of the supervising staff member must be obtained before downloading any files.
  • Disk space is limited. Remove outdated or unneeded files promptly.
  • Students found guilty of vandalism will lose Internet privileges and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Parents and/or guardians are financially responsible for acts of vandalism committed by their children. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data or hardware on this system or any other system.
  • Respect the integrity of the computing system. Do not intentionally develop or activate programs that harass other users, infiltrate a computer system or alter the software components of a computer or system. This includes but is not limited to revealing or attempting to learn or use other users’ passwords, spreading viruses, attempting to “hack” into restricted systems or attempting to use administrative commands.
  • Only public domain files and files, in which the author has given expressed written consent for online distribution, may be uploaded to the system. Students and teachers may download copyrighted material only for their own use following the fair use provisions in the U.S. Copyright law.
  • Security of any computer system is essential. Access to electronic resources is intended for the exclusive use of authorized individuals. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator or faculty member. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another user’s account or share your account. Doing so will result in the loss of privileges for both parties.

Any problems which arise from the use of an account are the liability or responsibility of the account holder or user. All account holders or users hereby release Battle Creek Public Schools from any and all claims or damages of any nature arising from their access, use, or inability to access or use computers or the network system and by obtaining an account or use of the computers or network system agree to such and agree to indemnify and hold Battle Creek Public Schools harmless from same. Battle Creek Public School District makes no warranties of any kind for the information or the service it is providing.