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5.7 COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP) – Student Access to
Networked Information Resources for grade Pre-K-12
Approved and amended by LCBOE in session April 22, 2002. Approved and amended June
12, 2006.
Approved & amended on August 9, 2010.
5.7.1 Computer Use Lewis County Schools recognizes that as telecommunications and other new
technology shift the ways that information may be accessed, communicated and
transferred by members of the society, those changes may also alter instruction and
student learning. Lewis County Schools generally supports access by students to rich
information resources along with the development by staff of appropriate skills to
analyze and evaluate such resources. In a free and democratic society, access to
information is a fundamental right of citizenship.
5.7.2 Computer Use Telecommunications, electronic information sources and networked services
significantly alter the information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a
broader array of resources. In the past, instructional and library media materials could
usually be screened--prior to use--by committees of educators and community
members intent on subjecting all such materials to reasonable selection criteria. Lewis
County Schools requires that all such materials be consistent with the State
Department of Education adopted guidelines, supporting and enriching the curriculum
while taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities and
developmental levels of the students. Telecommunications, because they may lead to
any publicly available fileserver in the world, will open classrooms to electronic
information resources, which have not been screened by educators for use by
students of various ages.
5.7.3 Computer Use Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens
and future employees during an Age of Information. Lewis County Schools expects
that staff will blend thoughtful use of such information throughout the curriculum and
that the staff will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of
such resources. Staff will consult the guidelines for instructional materials contained in
WV Policy 2510 – WV Content Standards & Objectives (CSO) and will honor the
CSO’s for selection of instructional materials contained therein.
5.7.4 Computer Use Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as
they
are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often
public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. The
network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.
Access to network services will be provided to students who agree to act in a
considerate and responsible manner.
5.7.5 Computer Use Independent student use of telecommunications and electronic information
resources
will be permitted upon submission of permission forms and agreement forms by
parents of minor students (under 18 years of age) and by students themselves.
Regional networks such as ACCESS require agreement by users to acceptable use
policies outlining standards for behavior and communication.
5.7.6 Computer Use Access to telecommunications will enable students to explore, an array of rich
electronic resources while exchanging messages (e-mail – chatrooms) with people
throughout the world. Lewis County Schools believes that the benefits to students from
access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed
the disadvantages. However, ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are
responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow
when using media and information sources. To that end, Lewis County Schools
support and respect each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for
independent access.
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ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES - PROGRAM
5.7.7 Computer Use
DEVELOPMENT
5.7.8 Computer Use In order to match electronic resources as closely as possible to the approved school
curriculum, personnel will review and evaluate resources in order to offer materials,
which comply with approved guidelines. In this manner, staff will provide
developmentally appropriate guidance to students as they make use of
telecommunications and electronic information resources to conduct research and
other studies related to the school curriculum. All students will be informed by staff of
their rights and responsibilities as users of the schools network prior to gaining access
to that network, either as an individual user or as a member of a class or group As
much as possible, access to resources will be designed in ways, which point students
to those, which have been reviewed and evaluated prior to use. While students may
be able to move beyond those resources to others, which staff, has not evaluated,
they shall be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suited to
CSO’s Students may pursue electronic research independent of staff supervision only
if they have been granted parental permission and have submitted all required forms.
Permission is not transferable and may not be shared. The Lewis County School
system in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the
West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing (WVNET) and other appropriate
state agencies will provide technical protection measures to guard against visual
depictions that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors or other materials
deemed locally to be inappropriate for minors.
5.7.9 Computer Use The WVDE and WVNET operate the statewide infrastructure to provide Internet
access for Pre-K-12 public schools. Filtering will be installed by WVDE to prevent
access to inappropriate web sites by students. Lewis County Schools will enforce the
use of filtering or electronic protection measures during access to the Internet.
Computers accessing the Internet by means other than WVDE connection will be
provided with a filtering system purchased by Lewis County Schools.
5.7.10 Computer Use Safety measures will be enforced to carry out policies at the county and school
levels
to implement the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Children Online Privacy
Protection Act (COPPA) and E-rate guidelines.
5.7.11 Computer Use INTERNET RULES
5.7.12 Computer Use Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as
they
are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often
public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
5.7.13 Computer Use The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with
others. Independent access to network services is provided to students who agree to
act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required for minors.
Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.
5.7.14 Computer Use Individual users of the school computer networks are responsible for their behavior
and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with
school standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.
5.7.15 Computer Use Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators
may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that
users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on
school servers or computers would always be private.
5.7.16 Computer Use It is the responsibility of the student, parent, teacher and administrator to ensure
that
access to telecommunication networks, computers and Internet provided by the
school, county, RESA and state is not abused. Users must be in compliance with the
rules and regulations of the WVNET, specifically the “WVNET Security Policy and
Procedures.” Transmission of any materials in violation of any U.S. or state law or
regulation is prohibited. Illegal activities and privacy and safety violations of COPPA
and CIPA are strictly prohibited.
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5.7.17 Computer Use The following are not permitted:
5.7.18 Computer Use Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
5.7.19 Computer Use Using obscene language
5.7.20 Computer Use Harassing, insulting or attacking others
5.7.21 Computer Use Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks (hacking)
5.7.22 Computer Use Violating copyright laws
5.7.23 Computer Use Using others' e-mail ID/password
5.7.24 Computer Use Using others' folders, or personal data files
5.7.25 Computer Use Intentionally wasting limited resources
5.7.26 Computer Use Employing the network for commercial purposes
5.7.27 Computer Use Downloading, uploading and/or executing viruses
5.7.28 Computer Use Requesting inappropriate materials be transferred
5.7.29 Computer Use Misrepresenting an individual’s identity or source of communication or data
5.7.30 Computer Use Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding
minors
5.7.31 Computer Use Accessing school/county network using personal electronic equipment
5.7.32 Computer Use SANCTIONS:
5.7.33 Computer Use Violations may result in revocation or suspension of access.
5.7.34 Computer Use Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in line with
existing practice/policy regarding inappropriate language or behavior.
5.7.35 Computer Use WVDE, WVNET and LCBOE, system administrator, principal(s), teacher(s) may
deny
access at anytime.
5.7.36 Computer Use When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
5.7.37 Computer Use User Agreement and Parent Permission Form See Form Section “Form #7”
5.7.38 Computer Use STUDENT EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNT - We are pleased to offer
students of
Lewis County Schools access to the schools computer network for electronic mail and
the Internet. To gain access to e-mail and the Internet, all students under the age of 18
must obtain parental permission and must sign and return this form to the issuing
teacher. Students 18 and over may sign their own forms. Access to e-mail and the
Internet will enable students to explore an array of rich electronic resources while
exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. Families should be
warned that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are
illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent
is to make Internet access available to further educational enrichment, students may
find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students
from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for
collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. However, ultimately, parents and guardians
of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children
should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, Lewis County
Schools support and respect each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for
access.
5.7.39 Computer Use LEWIS COUNTY SCHOOLS INTERNET AND E-MAIL RULES
5.7.40 Computer Use Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as
they
are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often
public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
5.7.41 Computer Use The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with
others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a
considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a
privilege - not a right. Access entails responsibility.
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5.7.42 Computer Use Individual users of the schools computer networks are responsible for their behavior
and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with
school standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.
5.7.43 Computer Use School personnel will monitor student activity at all times. However, given the
complexities of a classroom environment, undivided monitoring is not assumed, but
will be pursued.
5.7.44 Computer Use Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators
may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that
users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on
school servers and computers would always be private.
5.7.45 Computer Use Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored.
During
school, teachers of younger students will guide them toward appropriate materials.
Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they
exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and
other potentially offensive media.
5.7.46 Computer Use The following are not permitted:
5.7.47 Computer Use Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
5.7.48 Computer Use Using obscene language
5.7.49 Computer Use Harassing, insulting or attacking others
5.7.50 Computer Use Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks (hacking)
5.7.51 Computer Use Violating copyright laws
5.7.52 Computer Use Using another's e-mail ID/password
5.7.53 Computer Use Trespassing in another's folders, work or personal data files
5.7.54 Computer Use Intentionally wasting limited resources
5.7.55 Computer Use Employing the network for commercial purposes
5.7.56 Computer Use Revealing any personal information of minors
5.7.57 Computer Use Forwarding a personal communication without the author’s consent
5.7.58 Computer Use Sending multiple copies of a message to a single person (bombing)
5.7.59 Computer Use Violations may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.
5.7.60 Computer Use WEB PUBLISHING the Lewis County School District recognizes the educational
benefits of publishing information on the Internet by school personnel and students. Also, the
Lewis County School District recognizes the importance of guidelines that address content,
overall responsibility, potential contributors, quality, technical standards, and student
protection. In addressing these issues, the Lewis County School District has adopted the web
publishing guidelines that follow.
5.7.61 Computer Use WEB PUBLISHING GUIDELINES Information appropriate for
placement on any
district website may include information about schools, activities, services, teachers, classes,
student projects, and student extracurricular organizations. In addition, educational resources
for staff, students and the community may be published online. Personal information, not
related to education, will not be allowed on any website. All content published via the Lewis
County Schools network must comply with the guidelines that follow:
5.7.62 Computer Use Parental permission must be obtained for student homepage publishing on the
Internet. (See Form #8)
5.7.63 Computer Use Content must be appropriate, in good taste, and not harmful to any individual or
group.
All information must be verifiable.
5.7.64 Computer Use Text should be grammatically correct, accurately spelled, and designed for clarity
and
readability.
5.7.65 Computer Use All county Web publications will reside primarily on the districts network server/s.
5.7.66 Computer Use Publications must include a statement of copyright when appropriate and indicate
that
permission has been secured when duplicating information.
5.7.67 Computer Use Commercial use for the pursuit of personal or financial gain is prohibited.

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5.7.68 Computer Use Web pages shall not contain the personal address or telephone number of
students.
Student’s full name may not be used, unless authorized by a written parent permission
statement. The school’s technology contact person shall verify the authenticity of this
request.
5.7.69 Computer Use Information on a page should remain current and contain an e-mail address of the
responsible contact person, copyright, and the last revision date.
5.7.70 Computer Use Web pages should comply with West Virginia State Board of Education policies and
regulations.
5.7.71 Computer Use All content must comply with copyright, Protection Act (CIPA) and international law.
5.7.72 Computer Use Text-only browsers and technical specifications necessary for handicapped
accessibility need to be considered when creating a web site. Intellectual property,
state, federal, Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Children’s Internet
Protection Act (CIPA) and E-rate guidelines must all be followed.