All students will be educated about digital citizenship and Internet safety. This will include appropriate online behavior, such as interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
To promote Internet safety and appropriate online behavior of students and staff as they use electronic resources and access material from the Internet, the superintendent or designee is authorized to develop or adopt Internet safety procedures, acceptable use guidelines, and for students, related instructional materials for every grade level. The superintendent or designee,in evaluating such procedures and instructional materials, will take into account district electronic resources, community norms, privacy rights, responsible use, and issues of concern with student or staff use of electronic resources. As a component of district Internet safety measures, all district-owned electronic resources, including computer networks and Wi-Fi, in all district facilities capable of accessing the Internet must use filtering software to prevent access to obscene, racist, hateful or violent material. However, given the ever-changing nature of the Internet, the district cannot guarantee that students or staff will never be able to access objectionable material.
When students use the Internet from district property, with district resources, or when engaged in district activities, 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 or student guidelines for electronic resources or acceptable use, district staff will instruct the person to cease using that material and/or implement sanctions consistent with district policies, procedures, guidelines, and/or student codes of conduct. Information regarding student use of personal devices is explained in Policy 3246: Bring Your Own Device and its related procedure.
District staff will use district electronic resources in a safe, appropriate and responsible manner in keeping with professional codes of conduct, district policies and procedures, and state or federal regulations. On district property, during work hours, or when engaged in district activities, staff use of personal devices will also adhere to professional codes of conduct, district policies and procedures, and state or federal regulations. A violation of these codes, policies or laws may be subject to actions described in District Policy 5281, Disciplinary Action and Discharge.
BISD School Board Policy 2022 and Procedure 2022 outlines the district’s policy on network use and internet safety.