6:235 Access to Electronic Networks

Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  The Superintendent shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint system administrator(s).

The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost or damaged, or become unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet.  Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.

Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior

The use of the District’s electronic networks shall:  (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library resource center materials. As required by federal law and Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including, but not limited to; (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (2) cyberbullying awareness and response.  Staff members may, consistent with the Superintendent’s implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.  The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use. 

Acceptable Use

All use of the District's electronic networks must be:  (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic networks or District computers.  General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District's administrative procedure, Acceptable use of the District’s Electronic Networks contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol.  Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user's account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials.

Internet Safety

Technology protection measures shall be used on each District computer with Internet access.  They shall include a filtering device that protects against Internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are:   (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by federal law and as determined by the Superintendent or designee.  The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other lawful purpose provided the person receives prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator. The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:

1.       Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,

2.       Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials;

3.       Ensure student and staff privacy, safety and security when using electronic communications;

4.       Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities; and

5.       Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as, names and addresses.

Authorization for Electronic Network Access

All network users must follow the District’s Authorization for Electronic Network Access (6:235 AP1) and Staff to Student Communications (6.235 AP3) as a condition for using the District’s electronic network.

All network users shall maintain the confidentiality of student records.  Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.

The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the Authorization for Electronic Network Access (6.235 AP1), Staff to Student Communications (6:235 AP3), or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.

LEGAL REF.:  No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §6777                              

Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254 (h) and (l).

Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, 20 U.S.C. §6751 et. seq.

47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart F, Universal Service Support for Schools and Libraries

720 ILCS 135/0.01.

CROSS REF.:  5:100 (Staff Development Program), 5:170 (Copyright), 6:60 (Curriculum Content), 6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6:210 (Instructional Materials), 6:220 (Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Program; Responsible Use and Conduct), 6:230 (Library Media Program), 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:190 (Student Behavior), 7:310 (Restrictions on Publications; Elementary and Middle Schools), 7:315 (Restrictions on Publications: High Schools). 

ADOPTED:   August 28, 2006

REVISED:     December 14, 2009

REVISED:     October 11, 2011

REVISED:     August 13, 2012

REVISED:     April 13, 2015

REVISED:    December 12, 2016