The Marion County School Board (MCSB) believes network
access is an exciting opportunity to expand learning for educators,
students and parents. The fundamental goal of the network is to provide
Marion County students and educators with equal access to the computing
resources which serve public education. Schools in the district will
have the capacity to connect to the Internet, World Wide Web, electronic
mail and each other. With this opportunity comes the responsibility
for appropriate use.
GENERAL POLICY & GUIDELINES
It is a general policy that the network will be used
in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manager in accordance
with the mission of the MCSB. Users must acknowledge their understanding
and agreement with the Acceptable Use Policy and Guidelines as a condition
of receiving access. Failure to adhere to the Policy and Guidelines
may result in access privileges being suspended or revoked. In addition,
school disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.
With access to computers and to people all over the
world, there will be some material that may not be considered to be
of educational value. There may be some material, individual contacts
or communication which is not suitable for school-age children. The
MCSB supports only those materials which will enhance the research and
inquiry of the learner within the context of a school setting.
However, on a global network it is impossible to control
all materials, and an industrious user may discover inappropriate information.
The MCSB cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material
that is not consistent with the school district's educational mission,
goals and policies.
Classroom resources will be expanded enormously by
making information and people from all over the world available to students,
teachers, and others. It brings instant access to original source material,
general information, data, images and computer software. It makes contact
with people possible, bringing into the classroom experts from all over
the world. Such access spawns individual and group projects, collaboration,
curriculum materials and idea sharing. As a hands-on tool, the network
can motivate students.
Acceptable uses of the network are activities which
support teaching and learning. Users are encouraged to develop uses
which meet their individual needs and which take advantage of the network's
function: electronic mail, conferences (video or audio), bulletin boards,
data bases and access to the Internet.
Unacceptable uses of the network include:
Using the network to access materials that are
considered inappropriate for educational purposes,
Trying in any way to interfere with the computer
systems within the Marion County Schools or anywhere, in an effort
to obtain private information, have the computer malfunction or
Violating federal and state law dealing with
students' rights to privacy,
Using profanity, obscenity or other language
which may be offensive to another user,
Reposting personal communications without the
author's prior consent,
Copying commercial software and other copyright
protected material in violation of copyright law,
Using the network for any illegal activity.
Users must cooperate to conserve resources and to assure
equitable access for all. Users are expected to:
Observe a self-imposed limit of one hour on-line
during a six-hour period except under special circumstances, such
as when moderating a conference or uploading or downloading an extensive
Prepare text files for uploading before logging
Log off before editing and printing downloaded
Sponsors of classroom accounts are responsible for
teaching students proper techniques and standards for preparation, for
guiding their access to appropriate sections of the network, and for
assuring that students understand that if they misuse the network they
will lose their privilege to use the network.
Conference moderators are responsible for monitoring
the content and tone of the posted messages and for taking steps to
delete offensive material before returning it to its author for revision.
The person in whose name the account is issued is responsible
at all times for its proper use and will not give his/her password to
Users must avoid knowingly or inadvertently spreading
computer viruses. They must not upload files from unknown sources. Deliberate
attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance will be viewed as
criminal activity by state and federal law.
Never consider electronic communications to be completely
private. Instances of misdirected mail, mail inadvertently forwarded
to others and public posting of private correspondence by users have
occurred from time to time. The Marion County School Board accepts no
responsibility for harm caused directly or indirectly by the use of