USD 418 Acceptable Use Policy
This policy sets forth guidelines for acceptable and safe use of USD 418’s technology resources, including Internet, network, hardware, and software. The use of these resources is a privilege and not a right. This policy has been adopted by the USD 418 Board of Education, and all users staff and students are expected to adhere to these guidelines. Violation of this policy may result in the loss of this privilege, and may result in discipline or criminal charges in accordance with board policy, state and federal law.
Network and Internet
The purpose of providing Internet and access to electronic communication tools for students and staff is to promote resource sharing, innovation, communication, and other 21st Century skills. Various accounts may be created for teacher-supervised educational purposes.
A content filtering system is utilized to minimize access to inappropriate Internet sites while on the district network, and to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Specific categories and levels of filtering will be determined by the District Technology Committee. No filtering system has proven to be 100% accurate, and inappropriate material may occasionally pass through the filter. Inappropriate sites which are not identified by the filter may be submitted to the district technology department for review and appropriate action.
Any communication over the school district network, whether on a district-owned or personal device, should not be considered private and is subject to monitoring. The district reserves the right to access stored data in cases where there is a reasonable suspicion that there has been a violation of this policy.
The school district reserves a wireless network for staff devices and a wireless network for district-owned student devices. Any unauthorized devices found on these reserved networks will be blocked from the school district wireless network.
Technology resources are only to be used for purposes which support the educational objectives of USD 418. The district requires legal, ethical, responsible and appropriate use of those resources. This applies to:
The following acts are prohibited:
Any issues with the physical security of technology resources, such as vandalism, theft or compromised passwords, should be immediately reported to the Director of Technology.
In the event that district-owned equipment is used by a student, the student and parent/legal guardian agrees to properly use and care for the equipment, and will assume the risk of loss by theft, destruction, or damage. If the equipment is damaged or returned with any accessories missing or damaged, as determined by the manufacturer or a district technology staff member, the district will charge the student/parent/legal guardian the repair/replacement cost. If the equipment is lost or stolen, the student/parent/legal guardian will be financially responsible for the cost of replacement. In the event that damage occurs, it must be reported immediately to a school administrator. Any unpaid fees or outstanding repair costs must be paid before/during enrollment, prior to the student obtaining a school-owned device. The school district reserves the right to disable student user accounts or withhold checking out another device until all fees have been paid. All equipment must be returned when requested. The district reserves the right to seek monetary reimbursement for any and all damages incurred as the result of vandalism.
McPherson USD 418 makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it provides. The district is not responsible for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence, errors or omissions. The district specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
I have read and agreed to the terms and conditions of the USD 418 Acceptable Use Policy. I understand that failure to abide by this policy may result in loss or suspension of privileges. I understand that disciplinary action and/or criminal charges may be brought against me for any violation of this policy. I accept the financial obligation outlined in this policy in the event that equipment is checked out to me.
Parents or Legal Guardians who have students under the age of 18 must also sign this form.
Adopted by the USD 418 Board of Education: 5/28/2018