IJND: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA
The Committee supports the right of students, employees, and community members to have reasonable access to various information formats and believes it is incumbent upon users to utilize this privilege in an appropriate and responsible manner.
Safety Procedures and Guidelines
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement appropriate procedures to provide guidance for access to electronic media. Guidelines shall address teacher supervision of student computer use, ethical use of electronic media (including, but not limited to, the Internet, e-mail, and other District technological resources), and issues of privacy versus administrative review of electronic files and communications. In addition, guidelines shall prohibit utilization of networks for prohibited or illegal activities, the intentional spreading of embedded messages, or the use of other programs with the potential of damaging or destroying programs or data.
Internet safety measures shall be implemented that effectively address the following:
- Controlling access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
- Safety and security of minors when they are using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of director electronic communications;
- Preventing unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities by minorsonline;
- Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
- Restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.
Students and parents/guardians must sign and return a form acknowledging they have reviewed the rules and guidelines for accessing district technology resources. At the elementary level, the form will contain the necessary rules. At the secondary level, the rules will appear in the student handbook and be posted online.
Employees shall use electronic mail as outlined in the Lexington’s Standards for the Acceptable use of Technology (File: IJNDB).
Employees shall not use a code, access a file, or retrieve any stored communication unless they have been given authorization to do so. (Authorization is not required each time the electronic media is accessed in performance of one’s duties.) Each employee is responsible for the security of his/her own password.
Responding to Concerns
School officials shall apply the same criterion of educational suitability used to review other educational resources when questions arise concerning access to specific databases or other electronic media.
Audit of Use
The Superintendent or designee shall establish a process to determine whether the District’s education technology is being used for purposes prohibited by law or for accessing sexually explicit materials. The process shall include, but not be limited to:
- Utilizing technology that blocks or filters Internet access for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or, with respect to computers with Internet access by minors, harmful to minors. This technology is also to provide usage reports to aid the school in monitoring the safe use of the Internet.
- Complying with all federal and state regulations for Internet Safety.
47 USC § 254
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015