605.6 - Internet-Appropriate Use

  • Because technology is a vital part of the school district curriculum and the Internet will be made available to employees and students. Appropriate and equitable use of the Internet will allow employees and students to access resources unavailable through traditional means.

    Students will be able to access the Internet through their teachers. Individual student accounts and electronic mail addresses may be issued to students. If a student already has an electronic mail address, the student may, with the permission of the supervising teacher, be permitted to use the address to send and receive mail at school.

    The Internet can provide a vast collection of educational resources for students and employees. It is a global network which makes it impossible to control all available information. Because information appears, disappears and changes constantly, it is not possible to predict or control what students may locate. The school district makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of information received on the Internet. Although students will be under teacher supervision while on the network, it is not possible to constantly monitor individual students and what they are accessing on the network. Some students might encounter information that may not be of educational value.
    Student Internet records and access records are confidential records treated like other student records. Students Internet activities will be monitored by the school district to ensure students are not accessing inappropriate sites that have visual depictions that include obscenity, child pornography or are harmful to minors. The school district will use technology protection measure to protect students from inappropriate access, including sites that include obscenity, child pornography or are harmful to minors.

    The school district will monitor the online service of students and will educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms. Students will also be educated on cyberbullying, including awareness and response. Employees will provide age appropriate training for students who use the Internet. The training provided will be designed to promote the school district’s commitment to:

    • The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the Internet Safety Policy The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the Internet Safety Policy
    • Student safety with regard to:
      • safety on the Internet;
      • appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking web sites, and in chat rooms;
      • and cyberbullying awareness and response.
    • Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act

    Employees and students will be instructed on the appropriate use of the Internet. Parents will be required to sign a permission form to allow their students to access the Internet. Students will sign a form acknowledging they have read and understand the Internet Acceptable Use policy and regulations, that they will comply with the policy and regulations and understand the consequences for violation of the policy or regulations.

    In compliance with federal law, this policy will be maintained at least five years beyond the termination of funding under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) or E-rate.

    Legal References: Cross References:

    Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

    104 Anti-Bullying/Harrassment
    502 Student Rights and Responsibilities 506 Student Records
    605.5 School Library

    Approved: 07/21/2005
    Reviewed: 06/16/2005, 06/17/2010, 10/16/2014, 08/15/2019

    Revised: