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Acceptable Use Policy for Sample Catholic High School

Introduction and Purpose

Electronic information resources, including access to the Internet and network files and accounts, are available to qualifying students at Sample Catholic High School. Our goal in providing electronic resources is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The use of computers, iPads, the Internet, and other online services shall be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational mission of Sample Catholic High School.

The role of technology in our classrooms is constantly changing and widening. Therefore, Catholic schools have the responsibility to teach our students how to be responsible 21st century learners. Being responsible citizens on the Internet means Sample Catholic High School students must adhere to the moral, ethical and legal standards when using technology at all times.
We believe that it is the responsibility of the student to use the internet respectfully; Sample Catholic High School does not consistently monitor student use of technology (internet, blogs, chat rooms, etc.) in the school. While our filtering system at school establishes some parameters for appropriate use within our school, students and parents/guardians are primarily responsible for the appropriate and ethical use of technology in the home.
Sample Catholic High School reserves the right to impose consequences for inappropriate technology usage that takes place on or off campus. This inappropriate use of technology may subject the student to serious consequences. Inappropriate uses include, but are not limited to: harassment, negative use of the school name, posting of anything which could be construed to be a safety threat, derogatory remarks directed to or about Sample Catholic faculty, staff, alumni, parents or students, or posting or viewing of content that contradicts the values of Sample Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Church.

Sample Catholic High School strives to provide student access to 21st century tools and resources to maximize a student’s full potential and prepare him/her to be a dynamic leader now and in the future. In order to teach 21st century skills, effective teaching and learning must integrate technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace. Sample Catholic High School hopes that by embracing technology, it will provide student access to 21st century tools and resources in order to maximize a student’s full.

Internet service is provided to students, teachers and staff to promote educational excellence in our school by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Through this service, we aim to facilitate learning and research and to promote access to information that will assist students and staff in carrying out their responsibilities. Sample Catholic High School’s access to iPads and other electronic communication devices provide a unique opportunity for students and teachers to interact with the world at large. However, with access to the Internet, students may encounter material that may not be of educational value in the context of the school setting. On a global network, it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious user may not only discover controversial information but also misleading information. We firmly believe that the information and interactions available on this world-wide network far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals and Catholic identity of the school.


For the purposes of this document technology is defined as any electronic communication device
that is network or internet capable when using a wired or wireless connection.

Acceptable use means that a student uses the Internet and other electronic information resources in an appropriate manner, abiding by the rules and regulations described in this agreement. Anything that breaks this agreement is considered unacceptable use.

Vandalism refers to any malicious attempt to harm or destroy property or data. This includes, but is not limited to, abusive overloading of data on the server and the transmission or creation of computer viruses.

Security refers to all measures adopted to prevent inappropriate activity on Sample Catholic High School computer systems. This is a high priority because of multiple users. Any security concern must be reported to the classroom teacher for further reporting and investigation.

Netiquette refers to the generally accepted rules of network etiquette, the “dos” and “don’ts” of online and network communication.

Privacy should be respected at all times. Students should not reveal personal information, such as home address, phone numbers, password, credit card numbers, social security number, etc.; this also applies to others’ personal information or that of organizations.

Illegal activities shall be defined as those which violate local, state, and/or federal laws.

Inappropriate use shall be defined as violation of the intended use of the network and/or purpose and goal.

Obscene activities shall be defined as a violation of generally accepted social standards for use of publicly owned and operated communication vehicle.

Blogs (a.k.a. weblogs) are defined as shared online journals, which serve as personal websites where people can post diary-like entries about their personal experiences and hobbies; additionally blogs can serve as a place for student reflections on the events going on around them and as a place to host a digital portfolio of the student’s work.

Plagiarism is defined as the intentional copying or use of another’s work (including anyone—even classmates’) without properly giving credit to the author.

Bullying means intimidation or harassment that causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral communication, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication and any threat of retaliation for reports of such acts.

Harassment is defined as any spoken, written, or graphic attacks against a person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, medical condition, and/or disability.

Policy Statement

The smooth integration of technology and other electronic communication devices into the curriculum relies upon the proper conduct of all users who must adhere to strict policies and guidelines. These policies and guidelines are provided here so that individuals are aware of their responsibilities. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of all electronic communication devices, the Internet, and network resources. If a user violates any of these provisions, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include denial of future access to electronic communication devices, access to the Internet and/or network resources, and may in some cases, depending upon the violation, result in legal action. In addition to reading and signing this agreement, students will review this document in detail in their first technology class; this class must be taken within the students first year at Sample Catholic High School.

All students, parents, or official guardians are required to accept in writing the provisions in this
Acceptable Use Policy by signing and submitting the Acceptable Use Permission Form (pg. 4).

Please note the following regarding access and use of technology at Sample Catholic High School:
  1. The use of technology at Sample Catholic High School is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action. The administration of Sample Catholic High School will deem what is inappropriate use and this decision is final. Additionally, they may deny or suspend specific users and/or close their accounts at any time.
  2. The school network and Internet should be only used scholarly research and as a means for obtaining information; all activity should be related to learning in the classroom.
  3. All material obtained through research on the Internet and then used in academic work should be properly documented.
  4. Email is the property of Sample Catholic High School and is not guaranteed to be private. Support personnel have access to all electronic mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.
  5. All communication and information accessible via the Sample network should be assumed to be the private property of Sample Catholic High School. It must be used appropriately during school hours: no sales, advertisements or solicitations, personal communications, etc. Use of Sample Catholic’s network for commercial activities, product advertisement, or political lobbying is also prohibited.
  6. Transmission of any material over Sample Catholic High School’s network in violation of any U. S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material prohibited by trade secret.
  7. The computer/iPad user is responsible for compliance with all policies and laws regarding the use of software. Ignorance of the rules does not justify their violation. The unauthorized copying of any software and/or iPad apps licensed or protected by copyright is illegal. All software and iPad apps provided by Sample Catholic High School are protected by licensing agreements and may not be copied or modified for any use by any user.
  8. Sample Catholic High School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Sample Catholic High School will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or user errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. Sample Catholic High School specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through its service. Rules and regulations of usage will be promulgated from time to time by the administration of Sample Catholic High School. Users of the school’s network are subject to these rules.
  9. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If a user can identify a security problem on Sample Catholic High School’s network, he/she must notify an administrator or a faculty member. The problem should not be demonstrated to other users. Users are only permitted to access SFBRHS' network using their own logon information.
  10. Vandalism will result in disciplinary and/or possible legal action. In addition to the damage of individual iPads and/or computer equipment, vandalism includes any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, or to disrupt access to the Internet or other networks within the school. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses.
  11. Once this agreement has been signed it is in effect as long as the student is enrolled at Sample Catholic High School.
  12. This Acceptable Use Policy is reviewed and updated periodically. Faculty, staff, students and parents will be notified of any changes to this policy at least thirty (30) days before they become effective.

Acceptable Uses of Technology

  1. Computers and iPads are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for computer or iPad use, school messages, announcements, independent reading, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the computer/iPad. Students are responsible to bring their computer/iPads to all classes. Student computers/iPads need to be fully charged at the beginning of each school day so students can fully participate in classes.
  2. Teachers will determine appropriate computer/iPad usage for their classrooms. Students must adhere to all classroom rules and restrictions. Student use of the Internet is restricted to sites related to the assignment specified by the teacher. The following activities are acceptable only with the permission of the teacher:
    - Accessing social networking sites
    - Downloading high bandwidth music or videos
    - Accessing games or simulations
    - Accessing internet sites that are alcohol or drug related
  3. Use of the school's wired or wireless networks must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Sample Catholic High School.
  4. Internet access is intended for the exclusive use of Sample Catholic High School faculty, students, staff and guest users who are responsible for their actions while utilizing it. Users are expected to act morally when accessing the Internet, following the school’s Catholic values.
  5. Students must establish and maintain secure passwords that protect the privacy of the information on their computers and e-mail accounts.
  6. Students must practice proper Netiquette. Be polite. Never send or encourage others to send abusive messages. Students are area also expected to refrain from identifying yourself by age, sex, or location in any communication over the Internet.
  7. Students must use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
  8. Students must scan any and all file transfers and disks for viruses before opening them.
  9. Students must obtain written permission from the proper school authority before posting any information on the Internet using the Sample Catholic High School name.
  10. Students must obtain written consent for any produced recording (i.e. photo, video) from all parties involved before publishing it on the Internet.

Unacceptable Uses of Technology

  1. Students using the Internet are not allowed to view or download inappropriate or unlawful information. This includes, but is not limited to, any pornographic material, material that is lewd or suggestive, or material considered excessively violent in nature.
  2. Students may not use electronic communication devices in or out of the classroom to get or give answers to tests, to copy information available on the Internet and submit it as student's own work, or to engage in any similar form of electronic cheating.
  3. Cyberbullying is prohibited. Antibullying Policy--Missouri Law 160.755
  4. Students subjecting other students or faculty to harassment will be subject to disciplinary and/or possible legal action.
  5. Sexting is not permitted. Pornography and Related Offenses--Missouri Law Chapter 573 Sexting is the taking, sending, forwarding or asking to receive messages, photos, or videos of persons who are partially or completely undressed or are pretending to or actually performing a sexual act. Students participating in these activities will be subject to disciplinary and/or possible legal action.
  6. iPads and other electronic communication devices with camera/video capabilities are not to be used in restrooms, in locker rooms, or in unsupervised areas.
  7. Students are not permitted to intentionally interfere with the network operations.
  8. Students are not permitted to damage computers, computer systems or computer network
  9. Students are not permitted to vandalize, damage or disable the property of another person.
  10. Students are not permitted to debilitate or disable computers, systems or networks through the intentional mis-or overuse of electronic distribution.
  11. Students are not permitted to spread computer "viruses" through the inappropriate use of files or diskettes.
  12. Any student attempt to bypass any security or passwords to access to other parts of the network other than their own assigned storage space is prohibited.
  13. Any use another student’s password to access the Internet or Sample Catholic networks, or to view, copy, or edit his/her files without authorization is prohibited.
  14. Students are not permitted to connect any device to the network including but not limiting to: computers, laptops, peripherals, without permission.
  15. Storage materials, including CDs and/or flash drives, from outside school cannot be brought in and used on the computers without faculty approval and supervision.
  16. Students are not allowed to access inappropriate sites that have sexual content, contain materials advocating the use and /or abuse of illegal drugs, contain materials about Satanism, abusive, demeaning, or harmful materials or sites that contain pornographic materials/.
  17. Students are not allowed to access chat rooms, playing games, and personal E-mail sites, or use instant messaging software including but not limited to; AOL (IM), ICQ, Jabber, MSN Messenger, etc. without permission from a teacher or administrator.
  18. Unacceptable use is also violation of any other standard or expectation previously listed in this document.

Violations and Sanctions
Students are expected to uphold Catholic values by reporting any violations of this agreement to the appropriate teacher or administrator. Students that misuse of the Internet or network resources for actions outlined above may result in loss of access, disciplinary, and/or legal action. Network accounts can be revoked at any time. This may result in the student having to withdraw from a class. Any damage caused by misuse of the computers or any other technology equipment will be paid for by the student/parent. ALL CONSEQUENCES WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

I, _(Please print your name) have read this Acceptable Use Agreement and understand and will abide by this Acceptable Use Policy. I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a legal offense. Should I commit any violation, my privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken. I therefore agree to maintain acceptable standards and to report any misuse of the system to the appropriate teacher or administrator.

Signature of student Date

As the parent or guardian of the above named student, I have read this Acceptable Use Policy, and I understand that usage of electronic communication devices and access to the internet during the school day are designed for educational purposes. I recognize it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold Sample Catholic High School responsible for materials acquired on the internet. I hereby give my permission to allow my child to use technology at Sample Catholic High School.

Signature of parent or guardian Date