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Student User Agreement

The Board of Education considers computers to be a valuable tool for education, and encourages the use of computer-related technology in District classrooms.

There are three levels of misuse as defined by school law as listed below:

Unauthorized use is defined as knowingly using the computer without proper authorization.

Computer trespass is defined as knowingly using a computer with the intent to commit a felony or gain access to unauthorized computer material.

Computer tampering in the second degree is defined as knowingly tampering with or using a computer to intentionally alter or destroy computer data or programs. Computer tampering in the first degree is defined as knowingly tampering with intent to commit a felony, has been previously convicted or intentionally alters or destroys computer data exceeding $1000.

The Superintendent has established rules and regulations governing the use and security of the district’s computer network. Failure to comply with district policy and regulations for use of the computers may result in disciplinary actions as well as suspension and/or revocation of computer access privileges. Students must complete the Acceptable Use Policy form to be authorized computer privileges.

The use of personal email accounts is restricted. Students may only use email accounts to access saved school related documents. (Refer to BOE Policy 7314)

Internet/Personal Electronic Devices - Terms and conditions for under the supervision and approval of a teacher.

1. Acceptable Use

a) The use of the Internet/Devices must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational goals of the Kendall School District.

b) Transmission (requesting, sending and/or receiving) of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation or contrary to accepted school standards is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

c) Use of commercial activities for profit institutions or use of product advertisement is not allowed.

d) Political lobbying is prohibited.

e) Illegal activities are strictly prohibited.

f) All calls must be made using the student phone located in the main office. (Student are prohibited from using their personal phones for calls or texts during the school day.)

2. Privilege

The use of the computer network, Internet, and personal devices is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including violation of these conditions and rules may result in cancellation of the privilege. Based upon the acceptable use guidelines outlined in this document, administrators will deem what is inappropriate use.

3. Vandalism, Harassment, and Inappropriate Use

a) Vandalism, harassment, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of user privileges.

b) Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, or destroy data/resources of another user, the Internet, or other networks that are connected to the Kendall system. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses.

c) Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another user's work. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted mail.

4. Controversial Material

Users may encounter material that is controversial and which users, parents, teachers or administrators may consider inappropriate or offensive (For example: pornography, inappropriate student pictures, etc.) However, on a global network it is impossible to control effectively the content of data and an industrious user may discover controversial material. It is the user's responsibility not to initiate access to such material.

5. Penalties for Improper Use

Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws, or district rules is subject to loss of privileges and other district disciplinary options. Consequences of violations may include, but are not limited to:

o School detention

o Suspension of Internet access

o Revocation of Internet access

o School suspension

o Legal action and prosecution by the authorities.

Administration will determine the penalties for improper use. (Refer to BOE Policy 8271)

6). Student Email and Cloud Storage

Students in grades 7-12 may receive use of a Kendall District email and cloud storage. Any materials that are posted in these areas must comply with the KCS acceptable use policy and the student Code of Conduct. Any content stored in these areas are considered district property subject to control and inspection. (Parents have the option to opt their child out of receiving a school email address. Parents must notify the school of their intent.)

7). Use of Social Media

The Kendall Central School District believes that secure and appropriate use of social media including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, wikis, blogs, etc., is beneficial to our school community. Appropriate use enhances effective communication and collaboration between employees, parents, students, coaches, mentors, third-party vendors, and community members. To help the district accomplish this goal, students must abide by the following guidelines:

1) Social media accounts must be used in a school appropriate manner aligned with the Code of Conduct.

2) Inappropriate comments, pictures, contact, video, etc. will not be tolerated. Such postings must be removed and students are subject to consequences.

3) Inaccurate and/or inappropriate information will not be tolerated. Students will be subject to consequences.

4) Abuse of the above guidelines may lead to removal of access to Kendall technology.

5) Cyberbullying will not be tolerated on any device or platform.

Definition of electronic devices – Personal laptops, IPADS, e-readers, phones, etc.

Use of personal electronic devices will be permitted to be used under the supervision of a teacher in 9 - 12 classrooms and in the library/media center. If it is determined by faculty/staff in charge that it is disruptive to the learning environment, the privilege will be discontinued. The decision will be left to the discretion of each classroom teacher. Each teacher will communicate clearly at the beginning of the school year what their expectations are for these devices and accessories. Personal electronic devices and accessories cannot be used in the hallways, restrooms, commons (except for seniors utilizing senior lounge), ISS, locker room, or any common area. If these devices and accessories are seen or heard in the hallways during the school hours of 7:50 am – 3:15 pm, they will be confiscated and turned into the main office. Underclass students may not text, place phone calls, access social media sites, access the internet without permission, or communicate with other students via the aforementioned electronic devices at any time.

IPods/MP3 players will be permitted for use in classrooms based on teacher discretion. IPods/MP3 players cannot be used in common areas such as hallways, commons, etc. at any time. E-Readers are permitted for all students under the supervision and approval of a teacher. Games are not permitted at any time, unless approved by a staff member.

• Cell phones and IPods/MP3 players are permitted to be used between 7:50am – 3:15 pm in the high school under the supervision of a teacher. They cannot be used between the 8:40 – 3:30 in the elementary school unless they have the permission of administration. Students will assume all responsibility for their personal electronic devices.

• During or outside of school hours, students cannot take pictures or videos of students or adults with their cell phones and/or cameras at school events without the permission and/or knowledge of the student and/or adult being photographed. Students who take and/or post pictures or videos will be disciplined. Law enforcement will be contacted if necessary.

• All electronic devises are not allowed in any State testing environment.

• Kendall Café is red zone except for eligible seniors.

Junior High students’ use of personal electronic devices is prohibited.