3270P: Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks

Gooding Joint School District No. 231


STUDENTS                                                                                                                            3270P


Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks


All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behaviors by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these procedures will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.


Terms and Conditions

  1. Personal use of computers by students that is consistent with the District’s educational mission may be permitted during class when authorized by the teacher. Personal use of District computers and networks outside of class must comply with District


  1. Privileges – The use of the District’s electronic networks is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator (and/or building principal and/or Internet Safety Coordinator) will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures, and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time. An appeal of such decisions may be made to the Superintendent within seven 7 (days). His/her decision is


  1. Unacceptable Use – The user is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are the following:


  1. Using the network for any illegal activity, or to access websites encouraging illegal activity including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or state law;


  1. Accessing information pertaining to the manufacture of weapons;


  1. Uses that cause harm to others or damage property;


  1. Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or free of viruses or


  1. Downloading copyrighted material;


  1. Using the network for private financial or commercial activities;


  1. Wastefully using resources, such as file space;


  1. Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities; uploading a worm, virus, or other harmful form of programming;



  1. Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information of a personal nature about anyone;


  1. Using another user’s account or password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than you is communicating;


  1. Posting material authored or created by another, without his/her consent;


  1. Posting anonymous messages;


  1. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;


  1. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, bullying, or illegal material; and


  1. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked;


  1. Promotion of political, personal, or religious causes in a way that presents such opinions as the view of the District;


  1. Disclosing identifying personal information or arranging to meet persons met on the internet or by electronic communications;


  1. Any other unacceptable uses as outlined in District Policy


  1. Network Etiquette – The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:


  1. Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to


  1. Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.


  1. Do not reveal personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers, of students or staff.


  1. Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the


  1. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other


  1. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.



  1. No Warranties – The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or the user’s errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the internet is at the user’s own

The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.


  1. Indemnification – The user agrees to indemnify the District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District, relating to or arising out of any violation of these


  1. Security – Network security is a high priority. If the user can identify a security problem on the internet, the user must notify the system administrator, Internet Safety Coordinator, or building principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s account. Attempts to log on to the internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the network.


  1. Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer


  1. Telephone Charges – The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minute surcharges, and/or equipment or line


  1. Copyright Web Publishing Rules – Copyright law and District policy prohibit the republishing of text or graphics found on the internet or on District websites or file servers, without explicit written


  1. For each republication (on a website or file server) of a graphic or text file that was produced externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer and noting how and when permission was granted. If possible, the notice should also include the website address of the original


  1. Students engaged in producing website pages must provide library media specialists with e-mail or hard copy permissions before the website pages are published. Printed evidence of the status of “public domain” documents must be


  1. The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may provide the permission. The manager of the website displaying the material may not be considered a source of



  1. The “fair use” rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent and permit limited use of graphics and


  1. Student work may only be published if there is written permission from both the parent/guardian and the


  1. Violation of the copyright web publishing rules may result in denial of access to the network.


  1. Use of Electronic Mail.


  1. The District’s electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data files, are owned and controlled by the District. The District provides e-mail to aid students in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities and as an education


  1. Email could be subject to public records requests and disclosures depending upon the subject matter of the contents of the


  1. The District reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its system, without prior notice or permission from the account’s user. Unauthorized access by any student to an electronic mail account is strictly


  1. Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message as would be put into a written memorandum or document. Nothing should be transmitted in an e-mail message that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.


  1. Electronic messages transmitted via the District’s internet gateway carry with them an identification of the user’s internet “domain.” This domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as being with the District. Great care should be taken, therefore, in the composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the name and reputation of this District.  Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages transmitted to external


  1. Any message received from an unknown sender via the internet should either be immediately deleted or forwarded to the system administrator. Downloading any file attached to any internet-based message is prohibited, unless the user is certain of that message’s authenticity and the nature of the file so


  1. Use of the District’s electronic mail system constitutes consent to these


Internet Safety


  1. Internet access is limited to only those “acceptable uses,” as detailed in these


Internet safety is almost assured if users will not engage in “unacceptable uses,” as detailed in District policy and procedures, and will otherwise follow District policy and procedures.


  1. Staff members shall supervise students while students are using District internet access at school, to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for Internet access, as contained in these


  1. Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene; (2) pornographic; or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. Students must use the District’s filtered network for all online activities on school grounds or using District


  1. The system administrator, Internet Safety Coordinator, and/or building principals shall monitor student Internet


Student Use of Social Media

Students will be held accountable for the content of the communications that they post on social media locations and are responsible for complying with District policy and procedures for content posted using a District computer, network, or software and/or when posted during school hours when the student is in attendance at school. Student posts on social media locations outside of school hours and school grounds using a personal computer, network, and software shall be private as long as they do not enter into the educational setting and interfere with the orderly operation of the school. Posts to social network sites using a District computer, network, or software may be subject to public records requests. Students may not disrupt the learning atmosphere, educational programs, school activities, and/or the rights of others.


All of the requirements and prohibitions in District policy and procedure apply to the use of social media on school grounds, through the District network or using District equipment, or as part of a class assignment.



Legal Reference: Children’s Internet Protection Act, P.L. 106-55420 U.S.C. § 6801, et seq.

47 U.S.C. § 254(h) and (l)


Policy History:

Adopted on: July 17, 2012 Revised: 8/14/2017

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