IJND: Access to Digital Resources

The Committee supports the right of students, employees, and community members to have reasonable access to various information formats and believes it is incumbent upon users to apply this privilege in an appropriate and responsible manner.

Safety Procedures and Guidelines

The Superintendent or designee will develop and implement appropriate procedures to provide guidance for access to digital resources. Guidelines will address teacher supervision of student computer or tablet use, ethical use of digital resources, and issues of privacy versus administrative review of electronic files and communications. In addition, guidelines will prohibit use of digital resources for prohibited or illegal activities, and for the use of other programs with the potential of damaging or destroying programs or data.

Internet safety measures will be implemented that effectively address the following:

  1. Controlling access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA);
  2. Safety and security of minors when they are using e-mail, instant messaging applications, and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  3. Preventing unauthorized access, including hacking, viruses, and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  4. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information    regarding minors; and

The district will provide the Committee with at least one annual report to communicate its digital resources safety measures. The Committee will review this policy in conjunction with that report.

Permission/Agreement Form

All students and staff must agree to and sign the Empowered Digital Use Form prior to being granted independent access to digital resources and district networks. The required form, which specifies requirements for using digital resources and district networks, must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of minor students (those under 18 years of age) and also by the student. This document will be kept on file as a legal, binding document. In order to modify or rescind the agreement, the student’s parent/guardian (or the student who is at least 18 years old) must provide the Superintendent with a written request.

Employee Use

Employees will use e-mail, district devices, and district networks for work-related activities only.

Community Use

On recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, the Committee will determine when and which computer equipment, software, and information access systems will be available to the community. All guests will be provided and must accept the district’s Empowered Digital Use Policy before accessing the network.

Disregard of Rules

Individuals who refuse to sign required Empowered Digital Use documents or who violate district rules governing the use of district technology or networks will be subject to loss or restriction of the privilege of using equipment, software, information access systems, and/or other computing and telecommunications technologies.

Responsibility for Damages

Individuals will reimburse the district for repair or replacement of district property lost, stolen, damaged, or vandalized while under their care.

Responding to Concerns

School officials will apply the same criterion of educational suitability criteria used to review other educational resources when questions arise concerning access to digital resources.

Audit of Use

Users with network access will not use district resources to establish digital accounts through any third-party provider.

The Superintendent or designee will establish a process to determine whether the district’s digital resources are being used for purposes prohibited by law or inconsistent with district educational efforts.

Informational review: 10/13/15
MSC first vote: 10/27/15
MSC second vote: 11/10/15