Oakview Preparatory School

Technology Policy

Technology Policy
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The school’s information technology resources, including email and Internet access, are provided for educational purposes. Internet and network resources access is available to any student of the Oakview Preparatory School.

The School system believes that the Internet is a powerful and important medium for information sharing connecting millions of computers from all over the world. Because of the immense variety of information accessible, Oakview Preparatory School must determine guidelines for appropriate content.
 
The Oakview Preparatory School has taken steps to instruct students on acceptable network use, proper network use, proper network etiquette, and to restrict access to inappropriate resources or information on the Internet. However, on a global
network it is impossible to completely control and monitor student access to data. The primary responsibility for access will rest with the student. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet exceed the disadvantages. (Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using networked information sources)
Adherence to the following policy is necessary for continued access to the school's technological resources: Students must:
  1. Respect and protect the privacy of others.
    1. Use only assigned accounts.
    2. Not view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which they are not authorized.
    3. Not distribute private information about others or themselves.
    4. Not share my password or allow anyone to use my account.
  2. Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
    1. Observe all network security practices, as posted.
    2. Report security risks or violations to a teacher or network administrator.
    3. Not destroy or damage data, networks, or other resources that do not belong to them, without clear permission of the owner.
    4. Conserve, protect, and share these resources with other students and Internet users.
    5. Not damage, or do things that might damage physically computers and/or related devices.
  3. Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
    1. Not infringe copyrights (no making illegal copies of music, games, or movies!).
    2. Not plagiarize.
  4. Respect and practice the principles of community/school.
    1. Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful.
    2. Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher.
    3. Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates the school's code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, slander, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass).
    4. Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works).
    5. Not use the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school's code of conduct.
    6. Not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings.
    7. Not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project.
    8. Not use school and/or personal computers laptops, PDAs, cell phones, or related devices to bully, treat, or harass electronically.
Each student agrees to comply with the above acceptable uses for computers and school network. The rules and conditions governing the use of Oakview Preparatory School computer and telecommunications resources and services and that they understand that violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including the loss of a student's privileges to use the school's information technology resources. School and network administrators and their authorized employees monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that uses are secure and in conformity with this policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school's information networks in order to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions, and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement.