Network Use Agreement
BISD Board of Directors recognizes that an excellent and engaging public education system develops students who are globally aware, civilly engaged, and capable of managing their lives and careers. The board also believes that students need to be proficient, responsible and safe users of information,media, and technology to succeed in a digital world. Therefore, the district will use electronic resources as a powerful and compelling means for students to learn core subjects and applied skills in relevant and rigorous ways. It is the district’s goal to provide students with rich and ample opportunities to use technology for important purposes in schools just as individuals in workplaces and other real-life settings use these tools. The district’s technology will enable educators and students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate and create; to think and solve problems; to manage their work; and to take ownership of their reputations and lives.
To help ensure student safety and citizenship in online activities, all students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. The superintendent or designee will create strong electronic educational systems that support innovative teaching and learning, provide appropriate staff development opportunities, and develop procedures to support this policy.
Use of the Internet
As specified by the FCC, the question of Internet safety includes issues regarding the use of the Internet, Internet-capable computing devices, and other electronic devices in a manner that promotes safe online activity for children, protects children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online predators and cyberbullying, and helps parents shield their children from materials that are inappropriate for minors.
To promote the safe and appropriate online behavior by students and staff as they access material from the Internet, the district will use the following four-part approach. However, given the ever-changing nature of the Internet, the district cannot guarantee that a student will never be able to access objectionable material.
1. Electronic Resources Use Agreement: Any student, staff member, or guest using the Internet from an Internet-capable computing device in any district facility will be required to sign a network user agreement before access is granted.
2. Filter: All district-owned and personally-owned Internet-capable devices in all district facilities accessing the Internet through district network resources will be filtered and monitored to prevent access to obscene, racist, hateful,violent, or other objectionable material as specified by the FCC Children’s Internet Protection Act and district policies.
3. Supervision: When students and staff access the Internet from any district facility, district staff will make a reasonable effort to supervise student access and use of the Internet. If material is accessed that violates district policies, procedures and/or the network use agreement, then district staff may instruct the person to cease using that material and/or implement sanctions contained in district policies, procedures and/or the network use agreement.
4. Instruction: All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including, but not limited to, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
BISD School Board Policy 2022 and Procedure 2022; BISD School Board Policy 3245 and Procedure 3245 outlines the district’s policy on network use.