FILE:  IFBGA

Cf:  IFBGA-R

 

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE

 

 

The Richland Parish School Board believes it is necessary for all persons to become aware of acceptable use of computers.  Any person using computers or other electronic information resources shall be required to use such equipment and resources in a responsible, legal manner.  The School Board retains the right to monitor all computer usage and files for compliance to all regulations and/or procedures.  Age and grade appropriate classroom instruction shall be provided regarding Internet and cell phone safety.  Such instruction shall include appropriate online behavior, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response, as well as areas of concern as authorized in state and federal law.

 

The Internet is a vast global computer network that provides access to major universities around the world, governmental agencies, other school systems, and commercial providers of data banks.  The School Board shall establish appropriate guidelines for exploring and using Internet resources within the school district to enhance learning and teaching activities.  The Board shall incorporate the use of computer-related technology or the use of Internet service provider technology designed to block access or exposure to any harmful materials or information, such as sites that contain obscene, pornographic, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing information or material.  Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited.  However, the School Board does not prohibit authorized employees or students from having unfiltered or unrestricted access to Internet or online services, including online services of newspapers with daily circulation of at least 1,000, for legitimate scientific or educational purposes approved by the Board.

 

Exploration of the Internet is encouraged, but with rights and privileges come responsibility.  Any use of the Internet that adversely affects its operation in pursuit of teaching and learning or jeopardizes its use or performance for other community members is prohibited and may result in loss of Internet privileges, suspension of the student, or other appropriate disciplinary action.  The Richland Parish School Board does not condone the use of the Internet for any illegal or inappropriate activities and shall not be responsible for any such use by staff or students.  Parents shall be made aware that Internet usage is only partially controllable by supervision.

 

USE OF THE INTERNET

 

Students may use the Internet only if the Internet Acceptable Use Contract has been properly signed, filed at the school site, and approved by appropriate School District personnel and then only in accordance with School District regulations governing such usage.  School system personnel and other authorized persons may use the Internet only if the Internet Acceptable Use Contract has been properly signed, approved by appropriate personnel and filed at the user's site.

 

Any person using computers or other electronic information resources shall be required to use such equipment and resources in a responsible, legal manner.  All users, including students, employees, or any other users of School Board computers, hardware, and Board network shall abide by all policies of the School Board and any applicable administrative regulations and procedures.  The School Board retains the right to monitor all computer usage and files for compliance to all regulations and/or procedures.

 

Revised:  August, 1999

Revised:  April 7, 2009

Revised:  January 8, 2013

 

 

Ref:    20 USC 7131 (Internet Safety)

47 USC 254 (Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA))

47 CFR 54.520 (Children's Internet Protection Act Certifications for Schools and Libraries)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:100.7, 17:280

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 4-7-09, 1-8-13

 

Richland Parish School Board