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Acceptable Use Guidelines

CES ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES FOR COMPUTER NETWORK & INTERNET ACCESS

We are pleased to offer the students and staff of Cambridge Elementary School (CES) access to our computer network and the Internet. These resources provide opportunities to enhance learning and improve communication within our community and with the global community beyond.  However, with the privilege of access comes the responsibility of students, teachers, staff, and the public to exercise responsible use of these technology resources.

With access to the Internet comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Security tools allow CES to stop computer viruses, block access to inappropriate Internet content and prevent unwanted programs from being installed. Even though our security tools are updated regularly, it is impossible to completely control the nature of materials accessible through the Internet. Because of this, CES cannot be held responsible for any materials accessed through electronic media.

The smooth operation of a network relies on the proper conduct of the users, who must follow certain guidelines listed below and on the reverse of this page. Users shall have no expectation of privacy in anything they create, store, send, receive or display on or over the school’s computers or network resources, including personal files and electronic communications. As stated below, inappropriate system use may result in the loss of access to the network and/or the Internet.

Privilege versus Right

The use of the CES network, including the Internet, is a privilege not a right. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action, which may include the suspension or cancellation of access to the network and/or the Internet. Other disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate; consistent with school disciplinary policies.

Acceptable Use

  • Prior to using school owned devices, students will be trained in proper use of technology within the school environment. 
  • Users will utilize digital devices, networks and software in school for educational purposes and activities.
  • Computer users must treat the equipment with respect and are responsible for reporting any broken equipment. The computer may not be altered in any way (such as scratching off serial numbers or decorating the computer with markers.)
  • Personal information such as passwords, addresses, or phone numbers must be kept private. They are not to be given out, either over the Internet or to individuals, unless a teacher gives permission. 
  • CES Student Technology Use Rules will be followed.

Disclaimer of Liability

CES, the school, is not liable for unacceptable use or violations of copyright restrictions or other laws, user mistakes or negligence, and costs incurred by users. The school is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy, age appropriateness, or usability of any information found on the school’s electronic resources network including the Internet. CES is not responsible for any damage experienced, including, but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through or stored on the electronic resources system, including the Internet, or for financial obligations arising from their unauthorized use.

There are a number of potential circumstances in which a user could innocently or inadvertently cause damage to school technology equipment for which they would not be held liable. However, users agree to indemnify CES for any reasonable fees, expenses, or damages incurred as a result of intentional or malicious misuse of technology equipment. Due process rights will be accorded to users should any charge of damage or misuse be brought against them.

Technology Access Opt-Out

If you would not like your student to use CES technology resources, you have the right to opt-out. Please be aware that your decision may significantly affect your student’s ability to work collaboratively with their classmates on assignments and projects. Technology skills are a necessity in today’s increasingly digital world. However, to opt your student out of technology access at CES, please provide written notice to the school principal.

Last updated 8-18-2016