Network Use & Internet Safety Policy
• Respect bandwidth and network performance. Downloading large files is prohibited for other than academic purposes.
• Staff will be notified immediately of any suspected infiltration by a virus. Users will not knowingly introduce viruses into the network environment.
• The Computer Crime Bill 1979 makes certain activities a felony punishable by law. Some examples of illegal activities involving computers and computer networks may be, but are not limited to, the following: accessing, altering, deleting, damaging, or destroying any computer system, computer network, or computer program, with malicious intent. The PVSD Network will not be used for purposes that might be perceived as illegal. This includes any form of online gambling as well as tampering with computer hardware or installed software, unauthorized entry into computer hard drives (hacking), and/or vandalism or destruction of existing network files. Such activity is considered punishable under State and Federal statutes as well as under the conditions of this policy.
• All users will honor the rules of copyright and ownership of intellectual property. Copyrighted information may not be used, borrowed, or sold unless specific written permission has been granted by the copyright holder. Text, music, images, and other files from the Internet or from external media sources are protected under Federal law and may not be appropriated into student work without proper citation. Taking information and calling it one’s own is plagiarism. Plagiarism is copyright infringement and can become a legal issue as well as a discipline issue.• Students will be instructed in appropriate citation of digital material as part of their library and/or classroom curriculum.
• Students will access their PVSD email accounts for educational purposes only. This may include transferring curriculum related files. During the school day, students will be permitted to do so only under the supervision of the classroom teacher and using district authorized computers or mobile devices.• Email to classroom collaborators and teachers will ONLY be permitted as part of curriculum driven projects. With teacher supervision, students may collaborate to construct a message and send it using their assigned PVSD email account.
• Appropriate language will be required of all users on the computers or in lab and classroom facilities. Slang, vulgarity, and innuendo are examples of inappropriate language. Written profanity and obscenity are never permitted as part of email, word processing, live chat, or other text based computer programs. Oral profanity and obscenity are not permitted at any time.
• Courtesy and politeness in all digital communications is expected. Users will avoid offensive, provocative, or inflammatory text in email communications, word processing documents, and all other text based communications. Personal attacks and cyberbullying are expressly prohibited. Victims of such “flame” attacks will bring the incident to the attention of the supervising teacher or a school administrator immediately.• Impersonation of any user, seeking refuge in anonymity, or the use of pseudonyms are strictly forbidden. Individuals seeking the privilege of using the PVSD network will be responsible for their own actions at all times.
• The PVSD Network provides all hardware (i.e. computers, peripherals and mobile devices) and software applications necessary for the satisfactory completion of required work. Accommodations may be made to attach teacher, student, or district visitor personal computers and mobile devices to the PVSD network and will be at the discretion of the district Technology Director. Personal devices must be approved in advance and must meet the district minimum specifications indicated on the Responsible Use of Technology (BYOD) agreement. (NOTE: Specific adaptive technology for special education students will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)
• File Sharing• Every effort to allow students and teachers to share files between home and school will be made. Some common file types that can be accommodated through Internet email and/or external media include: .doc, .txt, .xls, .ppt, .jpeg/jpg, .pict, .tiff, and .wav. The district provides each student with a PVSD Google account and this is the first choice to file storage and sharing.
• All adult users of the PVSD Network (e.g. aides, volunteers, etc.) will be required to return a signed and dated Network Use Agreement. Principals, with support from teachers and office personnel, will communicate and facilitate this policy.
• Parent volunteers, charged with supervising students in computer use situations (e.g. in the labs or classroom mini-labs), will do so under the supervision of the cooperating teacher and will have monitoring status only.
▪ Classroom teachers and lab supervisors will be responsible for instructing students in specific software applications.
▪ Parent volunteers will not enter student grades into teacher grade book programs.
▪ Parent volunteers will not be permitted to assist teachers with the completion of any portion of K-8 student progress reports.
▪ Parent volunteers will not be permitted to access the Student Information System database unless approved by the superintendent.
▪ Parent volunteers will not be permitted to access any databases housing student data.
▪ Lab and classroom procedures will be used to curtail excessive use of printing resources while engaged in Internet research.• Internet searches will be limited to reasonable amounts of time. Users will download and print only what is absolutely necessary for school projects and district business. Teachers will instruct students in a variety of ways to “take notes” from Internet sites.▪ PVSD Network users will refrain from entering Internet chat rooms and social networking sites (including but not limited to FormSpring, Facebook, Club Penguin, Tumblr, WebKinz, etc.)
▪ The Internet is very much a part of the curriculum at both the Ormondale and Corte Madera campuses of the Portola Valley School District (PVSD). And with the Internet comes exciting possibilities for expanding learning and the desire to publish classroom activities and student work. There are responsibilities that must accompany the use of the unrestricted resources of the World Wide Web.
▪ As with all activities that occur within the school program, PVSD faculty and administrators accept the burden of responsibility for Internet activity for researching or publishing. Our Network Use and Internet Policy and the general ethical and moral conduct of all users govern the environment of cyberspace accessed through the PVSD network.
▪ The following represents some basic guidelines for using the Internet to publish web pages.
• Provide a publicly available location for display of student work,
• Provide a publicly available location for the celebration of student accomplishment,
• Offer curriculum-specific resources created in the classroom,
• Provide links to external sources of information on curriculum related topics,
• Allow for feedback from students and community members regarding topics under study,
• Provide classroom news (e.g. homework, field trip information, etc.) to parents, students, and/or the wider community,
• Introduce visitors to the campus, the classroom, or the community, and/or
• Offer an activity or a competition.
• The educational aims of a student designed web site must be limited in nature and approved by the classroom teacher prior to posting.
• Opportunities for student designed web sites will be supervised by the classroom teacher.
•Student web pages may
▪ Display curriculum driven projects or presentations,
▪ Introduce visitors to the campus, the classroom, or the community, or
▪ Convey content for the purposes of educational competition (e.g.Think Quest).
• Web pages must reflect the philosophy and mission of the school district. Therefore all teacher (individual or grade group) web pages will be reviewed using school criteria and, if approved, posted by the Web Supervisor. The Web Supervisor will monitor pages for overall content and the viability of links. If the content is questionable or could be construed to be objectionable, the page(s) will be disallowed and returned to the creator for revision. If the content is judged to be educationally sound, the web page(s) will be posted and linked to the existing PVSD home page.
• Changes to previously posted web pages will be approved through the Web Supervisor before they are posted.
• Teachers and students will be responsible for proper grammar, usage, spelling, and other mechanical aspects of written text as well as the aesthetic appearance of the page. The creator(s) of the page(s) will take care that the page is written in Standard English. Foreign language pages are permitted if they meet similar content and grammatical guidelines.
• The school district web site represents the many facets of the school curriculum to the community. Therefore each jurisdiction (e.g. special education, arts and music, foreign language, administration) may wish to construct a web page and have it accessed by a link from the district home page. Departmental web pages will be reviewed and posted through the Web Supervisor.
▪ Adult Contributor Responsibilities
• Members of school district committees (e.g. PTA, Site Council, PV Schools Foundation, etc.) will email the Web Supervisor and request posting of attached files.
• Files will be of informative nature only.• Files from unaffiliated groups will not be posted.• Committee groups will be responsible for requesting updates or removals of older or expired files.
• Activities of a commercial nature that encourage or allow individuals, groups, or companies to profit financially, or
• Activities that involve pornographic, obscene, racist, sexist, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable material that could be harmful to minors.
• Include text links with graphic links so visitors in text-only mode can access the page(s),
• Provide hypertext links in pages with long text passages that enable visitors to quickly move between sections of text,
• Limit the page length,
• Limit use of animated graphics, as these distract the viewer,
• Limit the use of large images, as these take extra time to load,
• Indicate file size beside file links so approximate download time and disk space needed is obvious,
• Check the page on different browsers so that actual appearance is confirmed, and
• Position your URL (Uniform Resource Locator) on the page so visitors who print the page will have an easy reference later.
• Permission must be obtained from parent(s) or guardian(s) prior to posting student work or photos on any web site.Parent(s) or guardian(s) have a right to waive this permission. (See Section VIII. Permission and Waiver Form)
• Only first names of students may be used to identify student work.▪ Teachers and other photographers may wish to employ photographic techniques that disguise individual identity. Examples include:
• No names will be used to identify individuals in photos.
• Photos and/or voice recordings of the page author or his/her peers may never be used on student designed web pages.
• Taking photos from a distance,▪ Faculty and staff must be given the opportunity to refuse publication of their image.
• Taking fewer individual photos and more group shots,
• Taking photos of students with backs to the camera, or o Manipulating or modifying photos using commercial “PhotoShop” software (e.g. blurring faces or substituting facial features with cartoon faces).
▪ Unacceptable and/or unethical use of the Internet or any portion of the PVSD network will be cause for revoking network privileges and/or disciplinary action for the offending party. Furthermore, PVSD reserves the right to pursue legal action against an offending party if it is determined that he/she has engaged in any of the following illegal activities:
• illegal activities that violate local, state, or federal law,▪ If a member is accused of any violation, he/she maintains the due process rights that exist with other kinds of school infractions. After a hearing, any user(s) found to have knowingly violated this Network Use Agreement may be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:
• inappropriate use that violates the intended use of the network, and
• obscene activities that violate generally accepted social standards and that may be harmful to minors.
• Suspension and/or revocation of Internet access,
• Suspension and/or revocation of computer access,
• Suspension from school,
• Expulsion from school, and/or
• Legal action and prosecution by authorities.
• State of California Computer Crime Bill, December 1979
• Education Code 51865 California Distance Learning Policy,
• 51870-51884 Educational Technology Act of 1992• Child Internet Privacy and Protection Act (CIPA) of 1999