Palmyra School District Internet Usage Policy

Palmyra Area
School District
No. 816



ADOPTED: October 11, 2001

REVISED: January 15, 2009

1. Purpose

2. Procedures

3. Acceptable Use

4. Consequences of
Inappropriate Use

5. Other Issues

Internet access, electronic mail (E-mail”) and network resources are available to teachers, administrators and students in the School District solely for educational and instructional purposes and other purposes consistent with the educational mission of the School District. Use of the Internet and E-mail network is privilege. This Acceptable Use Policy establishes guidelines for such use.

With internet and E-mail comes the availability of material that may not be considered appropriate in a school setting. The School District cannot regulate and monitor all the information received or sent by persons who use the Internet or E-mail; and the School District cannot ensure that students who use the Internet or E-mail will be prevented from accessing inappropriate materials or sending or receiving objectionable communications. The School District believes, however, that the availability and value of the Internet and E-mail far outweigh the possibility that users may produce inappropriate or offensive material.

A. Monitoring. The School District reserves the right to log, monitor and review Internet, E-mail and other network use of each user. This logging, monitoring and review may be conducted without cause and without notice. Each user of a School District’s computer by the use thereof agrees and consents to such logging, monitoring and review and acknowledges that he/she has no right or expectation of confidentiality or privacy with respect to Internet, E-mail or other network usage. Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review student and staff files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that students and staff are using the system only for appropriate purposes. Users should expect that files stored on district servers or computers will not be private.

B. Filter. The School District, through the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate
Unit No. 13 Computer Consortium, will employ the use of an Internet filter
(the “Filter”) as a technology protection measure pursuant to the Children’s
Internet Protection Act. The Filter may be disabled by the network
administrator at the workstation level for use by an adult administrator or
teacher for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. The Filter may not
be disabled for use by students or other minors for any reason.

C. Access Agreement. All students, administrators, and teachers who use the Internet, E-mail and other network facilities must agree to and abide by all conditions of this policy. Each user must sign the School District’s Internet, E-mail and Network Access Agreement (“Agreement”), which is attached to this Policy as Appendix A. In the case of a student, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign the Agreement and Notice to Parents/Guardians. Students may not use the School District’s computers for access to the Internet or for E-mail without the approval or supervision of a teacher or School District staff member.

A. Prohibitions. Use of the Internet, E-mail and network technology must be in support of the educational mission and instructional program of the School District. With respect to all users, the following are expressly prohibited.

Use for inappropriate or illegal purposes.

Use in an illegal manner or to facilitate illegal activity.

Use for commercial, private advertisement or for-profit purposes.

Use for lobbying or political purposes.

Use to infiltrate or interfere with a computer system and/or damage the data, files, operations, software, or hardware components of a computer or system.

Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, threatening statements and other antisocial communications on the network.

The illegal installation, distribution, reproduction or use of copyrighted software.

Use to access, view, or obtain material that is pornography or child pornography.

Use to transmit material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients.

Use to obtain, copy or modify files, passwords, data or information belonging to other users.

Use to misrepresent other users on the network.

Use of another person’s E-mail address, user account or password.

Loading or use of unauthorized games, programs, files, music or other electronic media.

Use to disrupt the work of other persons (the hardware or software of other persons shall not be destroyed, modified or abused in any way).

Use to upload, create or attempt to create a computer virus.

The unauthorized disclosure, use or dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

Use for purposes of accessing, sending, creating or posting, materials or communications that are:
Damaging to another’s reputation,
Sexually oriented,
Contrary to the School District policy on harassment,
Harassing, or

§ Use which involves any copyright violation or for the copying, downloading or distributing copyrighted material without the owner’s permission, unless permitted in accordance with the Fair Use Guidelines. (Copies of the Fair Use Guidelines are available in the library and the Writing and Technology Center.)

Use to invade the privacy of other persons.

Posting anonymous messages.

Use to read, delete, copy or modify the E-mail or files of other users deliberately interfering with the ability of other users to send or receive E-mail.

Use while access privileges are suspended or revoked.

Any attempt to circumvent or disable the Filter or any security measure.

Use inconsistent with Network etiquette and other generally accepted etiquette.

B. Students. Student users (and any other minors) also:

Shall not use the system to access inappropriate materials or materials
that may be harmful to minors.

Shall not disclose, use or disseminate any personal identification information of themselves or other students.

Shall not engage in or access chat rooms or instant messaging without the permission and direct supervision of a teacher or administrator.

C. Etiquette. Users 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 become abusive in messages to others. General School District rules and policies for behavior and communicating apply.

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

Do no reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of others.

Recognize that E-mail is not private or confidential.

Do not use the Internet or E-mail in any way that would interfere with or disrupt its use by other users.

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

Respect the rights of other users to an open and hospitable technology environment, regardless of race, sexual orientation, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, age, marital status, or handicap status.

D. Security. Security on any computer system is a high priority especially when the system involves many users. Each user is required to report any security problems to the System Administrator. The problem is not to be demonstrated to other users.

The user, whether a student or employee, shall be responsible for damages to equipment, systems or software resulting from deliberate or willful acts. In addition to other appropriate disciplinary procedures, failure by any user to follow the procedures and prohibitions listed in this Policy may result in the loss of access to the Internet and E-mail. Illegal activities or use (for example, intentional deletion or damage to files or data belonging to others; copyright violations; etc.) may be reported to the appropriate legal authorities for possible prosecution. The School District reserves the right to remove a user account from the network to prevent unauthorized or illegal activity.

The use of the Internet and E-mail is a privilege, not a right. School District administrative staff, along with the system administrator, will deem what is appropriate and inappropriate use and their decision is final.

A. Disclaimer. The School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. The School District is not responsible, and will not be responsible, for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruption. Use of any information obtained through the use of the School District’s computers is at the user’s risk. The School District disclaims responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet or E-mail.

B. Charges. The School District assumes no responsibility or liability for any charges incurred by a user. Under normal operating procedures, there will be no cost incurred.

C. Listservs and Software. Subscriptions to listservs must be pre-approved by
the School District. A student may not download or install any commercial software, shareware, or freeware onto network drives or disks, unless he/she has the specific, prior written permission from a teacher or administrator.