Student Agreement for Acceptable Use of the District’s Technology Resources
*The following information is shared with parents and students during the enrollment process. Parents and students are all required to sign and agree to this acceptable use policy in order to complete the enrollment process.
You are being given access to the district-provided technology resources listed below.
With this educational opportunity comes responsibility. It is important that you and your parent read the applicable District policies, administrative regulations, and agreement form, and contact the Chief of Technology at 972-218-1400 if you have questions. Inappropriate use of the District’s technology resources may result in revocation or suspension of the privilege to use these resources, as well as other disciplinary or legal action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws.
The following guidelines apply to all District networks, e-mail accounts, devices connected to the District’s networks, and all District-owned devices used on or off school property, whether connected to the District’s network or connected through a personal data plan or other means of access.
Additionally, the District prohibits bullying or harassment through electronic means regardless of the device used, the network used, or the location of use. [See District policies FFH and FFI.]
You are being given access to the following technology resources:
- Access to cloud-based (online) document storage and collaboration space (example: Google Apps for Education);
- District computer hardware, software, and printers on your school campus;
- District networks, including document storage space;
- Access to District-owned technology resources for use at home; and
- District-filtered Internet access.
Please note that the Internet is a network of many types of communication and information networks. It is possible that you may run across areas of adult content and some material you (or your parent) might find objectionable. While the District will use filtering technology to restrict access to such material, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access. It will be your responsibility to follow the rules for responsible use.
If you are being issued a District-owned technology device, you will be given additional materials addressing the proper use, care, and return of these devices.
Rules for Responsible Use
- District technology resources are primarily for instructional and educational purposes. Limited personal use is allowed only if the rules in this agreement are followed and the use does not interfere with school work.
- If you are issued your own account and password, you must not share your account information with another person.
- You must remember that people who receive e-mail or other communication from you through your school account might think your message represents the school’s point of view.
- You must always keep your personal information and the personal information of others private. This includes names, addresses, photographs, or any other personally identifiable or private information.
- Students will not download or sign up for any online resource or application without prior approval from their teacher or other District administrator.
- When communicating through e-mail or other electronic means, you must use appropriate language and etiquette as you would when communicating face to face. Always be respectful.
- You must be sure to acknowledge the work and ideas of others when you reference them in your own work.
- You must immediately report any suspicious behavior or other misuse of technology to your teacher or other campus administrator.
- You will be held responsible at all times for the proper use of your account, and the District may suspend or revoke your access if you violate the rules.
The following are examples of inappropriate use of technology resources that may result in loss of privileges or disciplinary action:
- Using the resources for any illegal purpose, including threatening school safety;
- Accessing the resources to knowingly alter, damage, or delete District property or information, or to breach any other electronic equipment, network, or electronic communications system in violation of the law or District policy;
- Damaging electronic communications systems or electronic equipment, including knowingly or intentionally introducing a virus to a device or network, or not taking proper security steps to prevent a device or network from becoming vulnerable;
- Disabling or attempting to disable or bypass any Internet filtering device;
- Using someone’s account without permission;
- Pretending to be someone else when posting, transmitting, or receiving messages;
- Attempting to read, delete, copy, modify, or interfere with another user’s posting, transmission, or receipt of electronic media;
- Using resources to engage in conduct that harasses or bullies others;
- Sending, posting, or possessing materials that are abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal, including material that constitutes cyberbullying and “sexting;”
- Using inappropriate language such as cursing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language;
- Posting personal information about yourself or others, such as addresses, phone numbers, or photographs, without permission, or responding to requests for personally identifiable information or contact from unknown individuals;
- Making appointments to meet in person people met online; if a request for such a meeting is received, it should be immediately reported to a teacher or administrator;
- Violating others’ intellectual property rights, including downloading or using copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder;
- Wasting school resources through the improper use of the District’s technology resources, including sending spam; and
- Downloading unauthorized applications or software or gaining unauthorized access to restricted information or resources.
- You must immediately report to a supervising teacher or the Chief of Technology any known violation of the District’s applicable policies, cybersecurity plan, Internet safety plan, or responsible-use guidelines.
- You must report to a supervising teacher or the Chief of Technology any requests for personally identifiable information or contact from unknown individuals, as well as any content or communication that is abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.