BVHS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Bella Vista High School recognizes that technology, including Wi-Fi access, network access, and Internet services, offers a wide variety of opportunities to further educational goals and objectives and therefore provides these services to its staff and students. Access to these vast resources and information is an educational opportunity requiring responsible use by each individual. As such, every Bella Vista user should act in an ethical and legal manner consistent with district goals and objectives and should conform to educationally appropriate use.
Users of Bella Vista High School technology and network services should remember that the level of confidentiality on district-owned computers may not be the same as that expected when using their own equipment or Internet services. Electronic communications, files and Internet records may be examined for educational and administrative purposes and to verify that acceptable-use guidelines are being followed. E communications include but are not limited to e-mail, text messages, chats, blogs, discussion forums, and instant messaging.
Bella Vista High School has taken reasonable steps to ensure that technology services and network use is primarily for activities that support district goals and objectives. While the District has deployed Internet content filtering technology in the interest of keeping harmful and inappropriate content from being accessed, Internet content filtering is not a perfect science and it may be possible for users of the Internet to access information that is intended for adults. Likewise, computer security cannot be made perfect and it is possible that a determined user can make use of computer resources for inappropriate purposes. Bella Vista High School believes that the benefits of Internet access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration far exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parent(s) and guardian(s) of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow. Use of the District technology, network services, and the Internet is a privilege that may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct. The use of the Internet, network, and technology services are strictly limited to educational purposes.
As a user of the Bella Vista High School technology services, network and Internet connections, I agree to:
- Use my network access in an acceptable manner, follow all district rules and regulations regarding network use, including being polite, using appropriate language, and respecting privacy of others.
- Use on-line time and other technology/network resources efficiently and for educational purposes only.
- Report any known misuse of technology or network services to the appropriate teacher, administrator, or the District Office
- I have been issued an individual network account, I will be the sole user of it. I will protect my account by not giving out my password and I will report any suspected misuse to the appropriate teacher or administrator. I will be responsible for all use by this account.
- Follow all applicable copyright laws. I understand that inappropriately copying or misusing other people’s work may be considered plagiarism. Likewise, any work that I create through the use of the Bella Vista technology services/network is my own property, yet it is subject to all of the guidelines in this policy.
- Assist in keeping the Bella Vista High School network free from virus or other malicious attacks by refraining from opening attachments from unknown sources, downloading and/or installing unauthorized software, and being alert to warnings.
INAPPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY/NETWORK/ON-LINE CONDUCT includes, but is not limited to:
- Using technology or network services for illegal activities, including unauthorized installation, use, storage, or distribution of copyrighted software or materials in violation of copyright laws.
- Unauthorized installation or use of any software or hardware not belonging to, or properly licensed by the District (e.g., games, applications, operating systems, “shareware”, computer components, and peripherals).
- Accessing, posting, submitting, publishing or displaying harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others (“cyber bullying”) based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexualorientation, age, disability, religion or political beliefs. California Penal Code Section 313(a).
- Using technology or network services for private business, commercial enterprise, or for political activities.
- Use of another individual’s name, user account, or password.
- Allowing another user access to your account, sharing electronic account passwords, leaving passwords available in obvious locations, or leaving “signed on” or “logged on” computers unattended.
- Disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification or “contact information” about oneself or others when using electronic communication. Students are cautioned not to disclose personal information by any means to individuals located through the Internet without the permission of staff members and are urged to discuss on-line privacy issues with their parents or guardian. Personal information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other individually identifiable information.
- Reading or accessing other users’ electronic mail or files. (Collaborative efforts will have appropriate and identified locations and/or resources for sharing files and information.)
- Attempting to interfere with other users’ ability to: use technology resources, send or receive electronic mail, deleting, copying, modifying or forging other users’ mail or files.
- Sending or exchanging messages that is inconsistent with school or district policies.
- Using encryption, encoding, or passwords to deliberately conceal or hide email or files.
- Distributing electronic media or files in a manner that is likely to cause network congestion or significantly hamper the ability of other people to access and use the system (e.g., downloading extremely large files; sending/distributing mass electronic messages or chain letters; downloading of video and audio files not directly related to district goals; excessive chat or instant message use for non-educational purposes).
- Intentionally uploading, downloading, or creating computer viruses.
- Attempting to vandalize, harm, tamper with, intercept, or destroy district equipment, data, or materials including use and/or possession of “hacking” tools.
- Attempting to bypass, circumvent, or disable: network security, virus protection, or Internet content filtering; not limited to but including use of Internet anonymizers to disguise user/computer origin or content.
- Manipulating the data of any other user, school, or district resource.
- Unauthorized access to servers, computer systems, or network equipment.
- Use or connection of any personal (non-district) equipment to the Bella Vista High School network.
* Students who violate the Bella Vista High School Student Technology Acceptable Agreement, Board policy, misuse technology or network services, or violate state or federal laws may be subject to disciplinary action, loss of access privileges and/or legal action in accordance with law. The District Technology Services Department and site administration reserve the right to delete files or remove access to resources found to display or propagate inappropriate on-line conduct. We support the parent’s or guardian’s right to authorize or decline network/Internet access for their student.