General User Policy



ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET         4550

 

― SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES ―

 

The following Policy must be agreed to by the employee before access will be provided to School District computer and Internet facilities.  Use of such facilities after receipt of this Policy is deemed to constitute agreement.

 

Introduction

 

The City School District of New Rochelle (“School District”) furnishes computers and network facilities and equipment, and provides access to the Internet, in order to support learning and enhance instruction.  By providing access to the Internet, a vast information highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world, the School District intends to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for an increasingly technological world. This use should facilitate resource sharing, research, innovation and communication.

 

However, the School District also recognizes that with this access come uses and the availability of material which are unrelated to scholarship, and which in many instances are inappropriate for places of work and/or learning. 

 

For this reason, computer, network and Internet facilities (including, without limitation, e-mail, discussion groups and Web-based tools) are to be used only for purposes directly related to work, teaching or scholarship. Except for strictly limited incidental (and in all instances, appropriate) use, employees should use their own computers and their own Internet access arrangements for all other purposes.  

 

Much of the responsibility for appropriate use of School District computers, network facilities and Internet access must rest on employees themselves. Therefore, the School District requires that employees act responsibly by reading and following the policies outlined below.

 

Employees must understand that access to School District computers, network and Internet facilities is a revocable privilege, and not a right. Use of the system can and will be monitored by the School District, and there is no expectation of privacy in employee use.

 

 

Applicability and General Principles

 

These policies apply to all employees who use School District computers, networked hardware, or who otherwise gain access to School District network facilities and/or the Internet via computer equipment and/or access lines located in the School District or elsewhere. This includes any remote access which employees may gain from off-site, but which involves the use of School District sites, servers, intranet facilities, e-mail accounts or software.

 

Except for limited incidental and appropriate use, as aforesaid, all access to and use of School District computers, network facilities and Internet access must be for the purposes of work, teaching or scholarship consistent with the educational goals of the School District. Employees must make efficient, ethical and legal utilization of network resources. Employees must be aware that material created, stored on, or transmitted from or via the system is not guaranteed to be private.  In addition to the fact that the Internet use is inherently insecure, School District network administrators may review any and all individual computers and/or areas of the network at any time to ensure that the system is being used properly.  For this reason, employees should expect that e-mails, materials placed on personal Web pages, and other work that is created on the network may be viewed by a third party.

 

Both internal and external network and Internet access will be provided to authorized users by the assignment of unique log-in identification codes (“usernames” and passwords) and, where appropriate, with limited hard disk space on School District hardware, for their own individual use. Authorized users will be personally responsible for maintaining the integrity of the School District’s access policy, and may not permit other persons to use their usernames, passwords, accounts or disk space, or disclose their usernames, passwords or account information to any third party.

 

Usernames and passwords will be furnished subject to the provisions of this Policy, and such updates or modifications as may hereafter be promulgated.

 

Computer and network users must respect the integrity and security of the School District’s systems and network, and the access privileges, privacy and reasonable preferences of other users. The School District reserves the right to limit access time and disk space in order to optimize an equitable allocation of resources among users.

 

The School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. It is not responsible for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions, whether caused by the School District’s negligence, or by a user’s errors or omissions. Information obtained from the Internet is used at the user’s own risk, and the School District specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained by employees via access provided by or through the School District. 

 

The following policies are intentionally broad in scope and, therefore, may include references to resources, technology and uses not yet available.

 

 Rules of Conduct and Compliance

 

Employees who violate this Acceptable Use Policy may have their access privileges suspended or revoked by the network administrator. In addition, further disciplinary action may be taken as permitted by applicable law and the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Except as otherwise indicated below, all policies and prohibitions regarding users of the network also apply to users of individual School District computers.

 

1.   The network may not be used to download, upload copy, or modify materials which are the subject of any third-party copyright, specifically including third-party still, video and audio media files, and text files without the express prior approval of a network administrator. For the purposes of this prohibition, “third-party copyright” refers to materials created by third parties not employed by or enrolled as students in the School District.  This prohibition shall not apply to “fair use” for teaching or scholarly purposes, as permitted by the United States copyright laws, where such use is strictly limited to small excerpts from a work no greater than required for a permitted purpose; but in the case of any doubt, “fair use” questions should be referred to a network administrator and/or the School District’s library professionals prior to any such downloading, uploading, copying or storage.

 

2.  Computer and network users may not add (or attempt to add) any software, shareware, freeware or other applications to the School District’s network or computers, or add to or modify any existing software or applications, without the express permission of the network administrator.  Any software which is installed must be properly acquired by the School District and licensed to the School District from the copyright owner thereof, and any modifications must comply with the terms of the applicable license(s). Software installation requests will not be implemented until required proof of ownership and license status has been reviewed and approved.

 

3.   The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for any commercial purposes, and users may not buy or sell products or services through the system.

 

4.   The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for advertising, political campaigning, or political lobbying.

 

5.   The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for any activity, or to transmit any material, that violates United States, New York State or local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, fraudulent acts, violations of copyright laws, and any threat or act of intimidation or harassment against another person.

 

6.   The School District is a place of tolerance and good manners.  Use of the network or any School District computer facilities for hate mail, defamatory statements, statements intended to injure or humiliate others by disclosure of personal information (whether true or false), personal attacks on others, and statements expressing animus towards any person or group by reason of race, color, religion, use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language is prohibited. Network users may not post anonymous messages or forge e-mail or other messages.

 

7.   Computer and network users are strongly advised to use caution about revealing any information on the Internet, or storing such information on the School District’s computers or the network, which would enable others to exploit them or their identities: this includes last names, home addresses, Social Security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers or financial institution account information, and photographs. Under no circumstances should a user reveal such information about another person without that person’s express or prior consent.

 

8.   Computer and network users may not log on to someone else’s account, attempt to access another user’s files, or permit anyone else to log on to their own accounts.  Users may not try to gain unauthorized access (“hacking”) to the files or computer systems of any other person or organization. However, employees must be aware that any information stored on or communicated through the School District network may be susceptible to “hacking” by a third party and such information may be reviewed by the School District at any time, with or without prior notice.

 

9.   Computer and network users may not access Web sites, newsgroups, or chat areas that contain material that is obscene or that promotes illegal acts. Likewise, use of the network to access, process or store pornographic material (whether visual or written), or material which contains dangerous recipes, formulas or instructions, is prohibited.

 

10. The attention of all computer and network users is specifically directed to the School District’s separate Internet Safety Policy, which applies to all users of School District computer and network facilities, and which is incorporated herein by reference. Any attempt to bypass, defeat or circumvent the Internet Safety Policy Technology Prevention Measures, which are designed to prevent access to visual depictions that are obscene, involve child pornography, or are harmful to minors is punishable as a violation of this Acceptable Use Policy. In addition, evidence of use of any computer or the network to access, store or disseminate child pornography will be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution as may be appropriate.

 

11. Computer and network users may not access newsgroups, blogs, chat rooms, social networking websites (including but not limited to MySpace and Facebook), list servers, or other services where they may communicate with people outside of the School District (specifically including e-mail) except for District business. This prohibition shall not apply to blog or social networking access which is used as an integral part of classroom instruction. While incidental personal use of e-mail facilities may be permitted, such incidental use will not be deemed a waiver of the School District’s right to prohibit all such use, either on an individually-applicable or on a generally-applicable basis.

 

12. Computer and network users may not engage in “spamming” (sending irrelevant or inappropriate electronic communications individually or en masse) or participate in broadcast electronic communications (such as chain letters or other mass communications) other than for official School District purposes.

 

13. Computer and network users who maliciously access, alter, delete, damage or destroy any computer system, computer network, computer program, or data may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as to disciplinary action by the School District. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, changing or deleting another user's account; changing the password of another user; using an unauthorized account; damaging any files; altering the system; using the system to make money illegally; destroying, modifying, vandalizing, defacing or abusing hardware, software, furniture or any School District property.  Users may not develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computer system (e.g., create viruses, worms).

 

14. Computer and network users may not intentionally disrupt information network traffic or crash the network and connected systems; they must not degrade or disrupt equipment or system performance.  They must not download or save excessively large files without the express approval of the network administrator.  Computer and network users may not add any software or applications to the School District’s network or computers, or add to or modify any existing software or applications, without the express permission of the network administrator.

 

15. Computer and network users may not use such facilities to plagiarize, which is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism is “taking ideas or writings from another person and offering them as your own.” Credit must always be given to the person who created the article or the idea.  A person who, by cutting and pasting, or otherwise reproducing, text or data, leads readers to believe that what they are reading is the person's original work when it is not, is guilty of plagiarism.

 

16. Computer and network users may not copy any copyrighted or licensed software from the Internet or from the network without the express permission of the copyright holder. Software must be purchased or licensed before it can legally be used.

 

17. Computer and network users may not take data, equipment, software or supplies (paper, toner cartridges, disks, etc.) for their own personal use. Such taking will be treated as theft. Use of School District printers and paper must be reasonable.

 

18. The City School District of New Rochelle assumes no responsibility for student, faculty or staff websites created and hosted outside of the District network.  Decisions to provide access to such external websites from the District network will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Violations and Consequences

 

Consequences of violations include but are not limited to:

 

·         Suspension or revocation of information network access;

·         Suspension or revocation of network privileges;

·         Suspension or revocation of computer access;

·         Disciplinary action, up to and including termination of services;

·         Criminal prosecution.

 

In addition, the School District may seek monetary compensation for damages in appropriate cases. Repeated or severe violations will result in more serious penalties than one-time or minor infractions. 

 

This Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change. The School District reserves the right to restrict or terminate information network access at any time for any reason. The School District further reserves the right to monitor network activity as it sees fit in order to maintain the integrity of the network and to monitor acceptable use. School and District-wide administrators will make final determination as to what constitutes unacceptable use.

 

Disciplinary penalties involving adverse employment action will be determined in accordance with applicable state law and the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements.  However, suspension or revocation of access privileges will be determined by the network administrator, acting in consultation with school and District-wide administrators.

 

Cross-Ref.:  Policy No. 5550, Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet – Students

                    Policy No. 6550, Internet Safety Policy

 

Policy

Adopted:   Res. No. 02-132 – Nov. 7, 2001                      CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Revised:    Res. No. 02-146 – Dec. 4, 2001                          OF NEW ROCHELLE

Revised:    Res. No. 02-162 – Jan.  8, 2002                       New Rochelle, New York     

Revised:    Res. No. 05-104 – Oct. 5, 2004                             

Revised:    Res. No. 09-189 – Feb. 3, 2009

 

THIS POLICY IS REVIEWED YEARLY AND UPDATED AS NEEDED.

 

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ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET  5550

– STUDENTS –

Introduction

The City School District of New Rochelle (“School District”) furnishes computers and network facilities and equipment, and provides access to the Internet in order to support learning and enhance instruction.  By providing access to the Internet, a vast information highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world, the School District intends to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for an increasingly technological world. This use should facilitate resource sharing, research, innovation and communication. However, the School District also recognizes that with this access come uses and the availability of material which are unrelated to scholarship, and which in many instances are inappropriate for places of learning, and inappropriate for young people in particular. 

For this reason, computer, network and Internet facilities (including, without limitation, e-mail and discussion groups) are to be used only for purposes directly related to learning. Students should use their own computers and their own Internet access arrangements for all other purposes. Resources such as e-mail and discussion groups are only to be used under directed supervision by faculty, and will be limited to teacher-authorized projects. In addition, the School District, in cooperation with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), has taken precautions to restrict access to questionable materials, but students and parents need to know that it is impossible to control all materials.  

Much of the responsibility for appropriate use of School District computers, network facilities and Internet access must rest on students themselves. Therefore, the School District requires that students act responsibly by reading and following its policies regarding Technology and the Internet. Copies of these policies are available to parents upon request.

Ultimately, we realize that the parents/guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their students should follow. Likewise, parents and students must understand that access to School District computer, network and Internet facilities is a revocable privilege, and not a right. Use of the system can and will be monitored by the School District, and there is no expectation of privacy in student use. 

Applicability and General Principles

 

These policies apply to all students who use School District computers, or who otherwise gain access to the School District network facilities and/or Internet via computer equipment and/or access lines located in the School District or elsewhere. This includes any remote access which students may gain from off-site, but which involves the use of School District sites, servers, intranet facilities, e-mail accounts or software. 

 

All access to and use of the School District computers, network facilities and Internet access must be for the purposes of education and research consistent with the educational goals of the School District. Students must make efficient, ethical and legal utilization of network resources. Students must be aware that material created, stored on, or transmitted from or via the system is not guaranteed to be private. In addition to the fact that the Internet is inherently insecure, School District network administrators may review any and all individual computers and/or areas of the network at any time to ensure that the system is being used properly. For this reason, students should expect that e-mails, materials placed on personal Web pages, and other work that is created on the network may be viewed by a third party.

Both internal and external Network and Internet access will be provided to authorized users by the assignment of unique log-in identification codes (“usernames” and passwords) and, where appropriate, with limited hard disk space on School District hardware, for their own individual use. Authorized users will be personally responsible for maintaining the integrity of the School District’s access policy, and may not permit other persons to use their usernames, passwords, accounts or disk space, or disclose their usernames, passwords or account information to any third party.

Usernames and passwords will be furnished subject to the provisions of this Policy, and such updates or modifications as may hereafter be promulgated.

Computer and network users must respect the integrity and security of the School District’s systems and network, and the access privileges, privacy and reasonable preferences of other users. The School District reserves the right to limit access time and disk space in order to optimize an equitable allocation of resources among users.
 
The School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. It is not responsible for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions, whether caused by the School District’s negligence, or by a user’s errors or omissions. Information obtained from the Internet is used at the user’s (student’s) own risk, and the School District specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained by students via access provided by or through the School District.  
 
The following policies are intentionally broad in scope and, therefore, may include references to resources, technology and uses not yet available.

Rules of Conduct and Compliance

Students who violate this Acceptable Use Policy may have their access privileges suspended or revoked by the network administrator. In addition, because the School District’s information networks and systems are used as part of the educational program, the School District’s Code of Conduct also applies to network activities. This Acceptable Use Policy is an extension of the Code of Conduct, and the disciplinary penalties set out in the Code of Conduct will apply if the student acts in violation of this Acceptable Use Policy. 

Except as otherwise indicated below, all policies and prohibitions regarding users of the network also apply to users of individual School District computers.

1.     The network may not be used to download, copy, or store any software, shareware, or freeware. This prohibition specifically includes still, video and audio media files, and text files, created by third parties not employed by or enrolled as students in the School District. In order to avoid copyright issues, this prohibition applies to any such downloading, copying or storage, regardless of copyright status, unless approved by a network administrator. Moreover, only the network administrator is authorized to consent to the terms of any software license with respect to downloaded programs.

 

2.     Computer and network users may not add (or attempt to add) any software, shareware, freeware, or other applications to a School District computer or to the network without the prior approval of the appropriate faculty member/ administrator (in the case of an individual computer) or the network administrator (in the case of the network).

 

3.     The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for any commercial purposes, and users may not buy or sell products or services through the system.

 

4.     The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for advertising, political campaigning, or political lobbying.

 

5.     The School District’s computers and network (including the use of such computers or the network to access the Internet) may not be used for any activity, or to transmit any material, that violates United States, New York State or local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, fraudulent acts, violations of copyright laws, and any threat or act of intimidation or harassment against another person.

 

6.     The School District is a place of tolerance and good manners.  Use of the network or any School District computer facilities for hate mail, defamatory statements, statements intended to injure or humiliate others by disclosure of personal information (whether true or false), personal attacks on others, and statements expressing animus towards any person or group by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability is prohibited.  Network users may not use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. Network users may not post anonymous messages or forge e-mail or other messages.

 

7.     Computer and network users are strongly advised to use caution about revealing any information on the Internet, or storing such information on the School District’s computers or the network, which would enable others to exploit them or their identities: this includes last names, home addresses, Social Security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers or financial institution account information, and photographs. Under no circumstances should a user reveal such information about another person without that person’s express or prior consent.

 

8.     Computer and network users may not log on to someone else’s account, attempt to access another user’s files, or permit anyone else to log on to their own accounts. Users may not try to gain unauthorized access (“hacking”) to the files or computer systems of any other person or organization. However, students must be aware that any information stored on or communicated through the School District network may be susceptible to “hacking” by a third party, and such information may be reviewed by the School District at any time, with or without prior notice.

 

9.     Computer and network users may not access Web sites, newsgroups, or chat areas that contain material that is obscene or that promotes illegal acts. If a user accidentally accesses this type of information, he or she should immediately notify a teacher, librarian,  and/or network administrator. Likewise, use of the network to access,  process or store pornographic material (whether visual or written), or material which contains dangerous recipes, formulas or instructions, is prohibited.

 

10. The attention of all computer and network users is specifically directed to the School District’s separate Internet Safety Policy, which applies to all users of School District computer and network facilities, and which is incorporated herein by reference. Any attempt to bypass, defeat or circumvent the Internet Safety Policy Technology Prevention Measures, which are designed to prevent access to visual depictions that are obscene, involve child pornography, or are harmful to minors is punishable as a violation of this Acceptable Use Policy. In addition, evidence of use of any computer or the network to access, store or disseminate child pornography will be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution as may be appropriate.

 

11. Computer and network users may not access newsgroups, blogs, chat rooms, social networking websites (including, but not limited to MySpace and Facebook), list servers or other services where they may communicate with people outside of the School District (specifically including e-mail) unless they are supervised by a teacher and have been given explicit approval to do so.

 

12. Computer and network users may not engage in “spamming” (sending irrelevant or inappropriate electronic communications individually or en masse) or participate in broadcast electronic communications (such as chain letters or other mass communications) unless they are supervised by a teacher and have been given explicit approval to do so.

 

13. Computer and network users, who maliciously access, alter, delete, damage or destroy any computer system, computer network, computer program, or data may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as to disciplinary action by the School District. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, changing or deleting another user's account; changing the password of another user; using an unauthorized account; damaging any files; altering the system; using the system to make money illegally; destroying, modifying, vandalizing, defacing or abusing hardware, software, furniture or any School District property. Users may not develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computer system (e.g., create viruses, worms).

 

14. Computer and network users may not intentionally disrupt information network traffic or crash the network and connected systems; they must not degrade or disrupt equipment or system performance. They must not download or save excessively large files without the express approval of the network administrator.  Computer and network users may not add any software or applications to the School District’s network or computers, or add to or modify any existing software or applications, without the express permission of the network administrator.

 

15. As is the case with all student work, computer and network users may not plagiarize, which is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism is "taking ideas or writings from another person and offering them as your own."  Credit must always be given to the person who created the article or the idea. A student who, by cutting and pasting, or otherwise reproducing, text or data, leads readers to believe that what they are reading is the student's original work when it is not, is guilty of plagiarism.

 

16. Computer and network users must comply with the “fair use” provisions of the United States copyright laws. "Fair use" in this context means that the copyrighted materials of others may be used only for scholarly purposes, and that the use must be limited to brief excerpts. The School District’s library professionals can assist students with fair use issues.

 

17. Computer and network users may not copy any copyrighted or licensed software from the Internet or from the network without the express permission of the copyright holder:  software must be purchased or licensed before it can legally be used.

 

18. Computer and network users may not take data, equipment, software or supplies (paper, toner cartridges, disks, etc.) for their own personal use. Such taking will be treated as theft. Use of School District printers and paper must be reasonable.

 

19. Computer and network users must behave properly in any computer lab setting. Normal rules of classroom decorum and compliance with instructions from faculty and administrators will apply.

 

20. The City School District of New Rochelle assumes no responsibility for student,       faculty or staff websites created and hosted outside of the District network.

 

Violations and Consequences

Consequences of violations include but are not limited to:

  • Suspension or revocation of information network access;
  • Suspension or revocation of network privileges;
  • Suspension or revocation of computer access;
  • Suspension from school;
  • Expulsion from school;
  • Criminal prosecution.

 

In addition, the School District may seek monetary compensation for damages in appropriate cases.  Repeated or severe violations will result in more serious penalties than one-time or minor infractions.  
 
This Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change. The School District reserves the right to restrict or terminate information network access at any time for any reason. The School District further reserves the right to monitor network activity as it sees fit in order to maintain the integrity of the network and to monitor acceptable use. School and District-wide administrators will make the final determination as to what constitutes unacceptable use.

Disciplinary penalties involving possible suspension or expulsion from school will be determined in accordance with the School District’s Code of Conduct. However, suspension or revocation of access privileges will be determined by the network administrator, acting in consultation with school and District-wide administrators.

Cross-Ref.:  Policy No. 4550, Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet –

                       School District Employees Policy No. 6550, Internet Safety Policy

 
Policy
Adopted:   Res. No. 02-132 – Nov. 7, 2001                  CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Revised:    Res. No. 02-146 – Dec. 4, 2001                       OF NEW ROCHELLE

Revised:    Res. No. 02-162 – Jan. 8, 2002                       New Rochelle, New York

Revised:    Res. No. 03-70   – Aug. 6, 2002

Revised:    Res. No. 05-105 – Oct. 5, 2004

Revised:    Res. No. 09-190 – Feb. 3, 2009

 

THIS POLICY IS REVIEWED YEARLY AND UPDATED AS NEEDED.

 

 

 

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INTERNET SAFETY POLICY                                                                                   6550

 

INTRODUCTION

 

It is the policy of the City School District of New Rochelle (“The School District”) to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”) [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC § 254(h)]. It is the goal of this policy not only to prevent and protect, but to educate employees, students, parents and the community of New Rochelle in Internet safety. The CIPA guidelines for an Internet Safety Policy have also been incorporated by the School District into its Acceptable Use Agreement. 

 

The Children’s Internet Protection Act, enacted December 21, 2000, requires recipients of federal technology funds to comply with certain Internet filtering and policy requirements. Schools and libraries receiving funds for Internet access and/or internal connection services must also meet the Internet safety policies of the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act that addresses the broader issues of electronic messaging, disclosure of personal information of minors, and unlawful online activities.

 

This policy is intended to be read together with the School District’s Acceptable Use Policies for Technology and the Internet (Policy No. 4550 as applicable to School District employees, and Policy No. 5550 as applicable to School District students).  All limitations and penalties set forth in the Acceptable Use Policies are deemed to be incorporated into this policy. Terms used in this policy which also appear in the Children’s Internet Protection Act have the meanings defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

 

COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF CIPA:

 

Technology Protection Measures

 

A Technology Protection Measure is a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access.  It must protect against access by adults and minors to visual depictions that are obscene, involve child pornography, or are harmful to minors. In addition to the filtering system that is incorporated with the Internet service provided by Southern Westchester BOCES, the School District subscribes to a content filtering system, on all computers that access the Internet, which is compliant with CIPA and NCIPA. 

 

Access to Inappropriate Material

 

To the extent practical, Technology Protection Measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.  Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual and textual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

Any attempt to bypass, defeat or circumvent the Technology Prevention Measures is punishable as a violation of this policy and of the Acceptable Use Policies.   

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

 

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the City School District of New Rochelle online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, blogging, instant messaging, online discussions and other forms of direct electronic communications.  Without limiting the foregoing, access to such means of communication is strictly limited by the Acceptable Use Policies.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Supervision and Monitoring

 

It shall be the responsibility of all professional employees (pedagogical and administrative staff) of the City School District of New Rochelle to supervise and monitor usage of the School District’s computers, computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Acceptable Use Policies, and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Director of Technology or designated representatives.

 

Education

 

The City School District of New Rochelle will advocate and educate employees, students, parents and the New Rochelle community on Internet safety and “cyber-bullying.”  Education will be provided through such means as professional development training and materials to employees, PTA presentations, and community outreach opportunities such as local public access television and School District websites.

 

Cyber-bullying

 

The Acceptable Use Policies include provisions intended to prohibit and establish penalties for inappropriate and oppressive conduct, including cyber-bullying.  The School District is a place of tolerance and good manners.  Students may not use the network or any School District computer facilities for hate mail, defamatory statements, statements intended to injure or humiliate others by disclosure of personal information (whether true or false), personal attacks on others, and statements expressing animus towards any person or group by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 

 

Network users may not use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. 

 

Network users may not post anonymous messages or forge e-mail or other messages.

 

Furthermore, School District computers and network facilities may not be used for any activity, or to

transmit any material that violates United States, New York State or local laws. This includes, but is not

limited to any threat or act of intimidation or harassment against another person.

 

   Cross-Ref.:  Policy No. 4550, Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet – School District Employees

                       Policy No. 5550, Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet – Students

 

Policy

Adopted:   Res. No. 09-191 – Feb. 3, 2009                       CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                                                                              OF NEW ROCHELLE

                                                                                            New Rochelle, New York     

 

THIS POLICY IS REVIEWED YEARLY AND UPDATED AS NEEDED.