IJNDB: STANDARDS FOR THE ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
1.0 Purpose and Acceptable Use
1.1 The Lexington Public School (LPS) district provides and maintains sophisticated computer systems and network resources to support the delivery of education and the administration of the district's operation. The computer systems and network resources include desktop workstations, laptops, handheld computer devices, applications, internal networks (both wired and wireless), servers, online databases, and access to outside networks, including the Internet, all of which are referred to hereinafter as "computing systems." This policy and guidelines apply to all users of LPS computing systems including students, staff, and, where applicable, guests and adult learners.
1.2 The policy defines the educational and administrative purpose of using computers in the Lexington Public Schools and applies to all LPS staff.
2.1 The Director of Educational Technology (or designee of the Superintendent) will oversee and approve the programmatic direction, selection, and distribution of technology services and tools to support the overall goals of the district.
2.2 The Director of Technology (or designee of the Superintendent), working with the technology staff, will oversee access to all network and computer systems and will establish processes for setting up. user access protocols, accounts, authorization of installation of all software and hardware architectures, required disk quota and usage on the system, backup, retention and archive schedules, virus protection, infrastructure configuration, security, web content filtering and other necessary activities to support the educational goals of LPS.
2.3 Principals (or designee of the Building Principal) will serve as the building coordinator for all computing systems and network related activities. The building coordinator, in partnership with the Director of Educational Technology and the Director of Technology and applicable curriculum leaders, will coordinate building level technology activities. Together they will ensure that staff receives training in the use of all systems and this policy. They will establish a system to ensure that students using any computing resources receive appropriate supervision and understand how to use all systems responsibly.
2.4 Teachers, when using the Internet for instruction, are responsible for selecting materials that are relevant to curriculum objectives and are appropriate for students. Teachers are responsible for previewing all sites and resources to determine appropriateness to the classroom. Teachers also are responsible for modeling effective and appropriate use of technology and will assist students in developing skills to ascertain the reliability of information, distinguishing bias and quality of information as it relates to their research.
2.5 LPS will develop a coordinated web presence to provide information about the district.LPS will develop and inform parents of expected channels of communication.
3.0 Access to the System and Resources
3.1 Staff. LPS will provide this policy to new staff at the time of hire. Any staff member who signs the computing systems access agreement will have access, with the permission of his/her supervisor, to the following computing resources through their classrooms, offices, library media centers, and/or computer and mobile labs: e-mail including conferencing and collaboration tools, web hosting, online subscription databases and information services, LPS servers for secure file storage, and all resources and tools found on the internet/world wide web. Resources may change as technology develops; these, too, however, will fall within the purview of this policy. Building Principals (or designee) will ensure that computing systems access agreements are signed and maintained.
3.2 Students. Students will have appropriate access to the Internet and LPS network through the schools' computers.
3.3 Other Users. Guest accounts may be established for, for example, temporary staff (e.g. long term substitutes, service vendor, interns, student teachers, community education instructors). A guest's access may be limited.
4.1 LPS makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that services provided through its computing systems will be the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the system. Users of LPS's computing systems assume full responsibility for their use of the system including, but not limited to, loss of data, interruptions of service, costs, liabilities, or damages.
5.1 The LPS computing systems are the property of the LPS. As such, a user's activities and files are subject to inspection by the administration at any time. LPS has the right to monitor and log any and all aspects of its computing systems including, but not limited to, monitoring Internet usage, file downloads, and all communications.
5.2 Users should not have an expectation of privacy regarding any use of the LPS computing systems.
5.3 E-mail that is created or received by a public school employee is a matter of public record and may be subject to public production in accordance with the Massachusetts public records law.
6.0 Unacceptable Uses
6.1 LPS computing systems may not be used for political or social advocacy or solicitation. This prohibition includes fund raising or advocacy for any non-school organization or group.
6.2 LPS computing systems may not be used for entertainment, illegal purposes (or support of illegal activities), or commercial purposes such as, but not limited to, offering, providing or purchasing goods and/or services for personal use or gain. In addition, the computing systems cannot be used as a public access service or a public forum. As such the district reserves the right to place reasonable restrictions on the materials users can access or post through the LPS computing systems.
6.3 Users may not use the LPS computing systems to obtain or share information about staff, students or families for any non-school purpose.
6.4 Users are prohibited from copying copyrighted material without authorization from the copyright holder unless the copies are used for teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research. If there is uncertainty as to the extent of copyright protection for Internet materials, users must obtain permission to use material from the copyright holder.
6.5 Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to files or accounts using LPS computing systems or network.
6.6 Users shall not vandalize the LPS computing systems by, for example, causing physical damage, reconfiguring the computer system, attempting to degrade or disrupt the computing systems, or destroying data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. Anyone who vandalizes the LPS computing systems may be responsible for the costs associated with hardware, software and/or system restoration. This covers equipment, materials, software and/or data.
6.7 Users shall not pretend to be someone else when sending or receiving electronic communications.
6.8 Use of another person's password or account is strictly prohibited.
6.9 It is unacceptable to attempt to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic communications of other users or to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive communications.
6.10 Users shall not access, send, or forward materials or communications that are defamatory, pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, harassing, profane, or inflammatory.
6.11 Users shall not download or install any commercial software, shareware, freeware or similar types of materials on the LPS computing systems without prior approval and authorization from the technology department.
7.0 Internet Safety
7.1 Use of the Internet has potential dangers. Users are encouraged to read information that the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has published on Cyber Crimes and Internet Safety which is found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts government website (www.mass.gov; search "attorney general" to find website for Office of the Attorney General, where you will find "Cyber Crimes and Internet Safety" under "Community Safety" heading).
7.2 All users are granted individual accounts and agree to keep passwords secured. Users are responsible for their accounts, credentials, security codes, and passwords and will not share or allow others access to them. Users are responsible for keeping these secured and for reporting any suspected breach to the Building Principal.
7.3 Users will refrain from revealing private information (e.g. addresses, phone numbers) in any school-related electronic communications including email, web, or other network tools.
7.4 When accessing schools resources and data from any systems (including outside the LPS network), staff will use due caution to protect the privacy and integrity of student data.
8.0 Data and Control
8.1 LPS has the right to re-image any computer as necessary.
8.2 LPS is responsible for the provision, installation and maintenance of all software and maintaining proper licensure.
8.3 No personal data or files should be stored on the local machine, which is the property of LPS.
8.4 The school district provides all users with network accounts and storage. It is the users' responsibility to insure that all files and data are stored on the network servers. The District conducts regularly scheduled backups to prevent against loss or corruption. However, the school district cannot guarantee that all information can be recovered in the event of a catastrophic failure.
8.5 The district maintains a disaster recovery plan to insure against loss of data and or services.
8.6 Responsibility for backing up any hand held or mobile device issued to a school district user falls upon the user. The District is not responsible for providing backups for these devices.
9.1 Any and all equipment issued by LPS for use by any user must be treated with due care. We are all responsible for ensuring equipment is not damaged or stolen. Abuse, damage or improper use should be reported immediately to the Building Principal and the Director of Technology.
9.2 Any LPS owned (or leased) computer or device (including but not limited to laptop computers, netbooks, iPod, projectors, digital cameras, hand held devices, etc.) that are to be taken off the building premises may be checked out of the library (with standard lending agreements in place) or loaned from the building or district office when (and only when) there is a signed agreement in place which specifies responsibilities and care for the device
9.3 Any and all issues or problems related to any hardware, software, system or network must be reported to the technology department using the LPS reporting system.
9.4 LPS does not support equipment brought in from the outside by any user.
9.5 A user who wishes to use outside equipment (i.e. equipment not owned or provided by LPS) on school premises must complete an application form before bringing such outside equipment onto school premises. In addition, the Director of Technology must give advance written permission before any outside equipment is used on school premises. Student users also must obtain advance written permission from their Building Principal and parent/guardian.
9.6 Users understand that the district accepts no liability or responsibility for outside equipment brought into the system.
9.7 The District reserves the right to confiscate or disable any outside equipment that interferes with the operation of the network, systems, or provided services.
9.8 LPS is not responsible under any circumstances for damage to, or loss of, equipment brought in from the outside.
10.1 Access to LPS's computing systems is a privilege not a right LPS reserves the right to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user privileges and/or to take disciplinary action up to, and including, suspension, expulsion (students), and dismissal (staff) for violations of this policy.
10.2 LPS will advise appropriate law enforcement agencies of any illegal activities conducted using LPS's computing systems. LPS also will cooperate fully with local, state and/or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the LPS computing system.
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015