Each employee, student or non-student user of the East Carter County R-II School District (ECSD) information system is expected to be familiar with and follow the expectations and requirements of this agreement. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that individuals are aware of their responsibilities regarding the use of the school districts information systems, technology, equipment and the Internet.
All users of the ECSD information system must have a signed copy of this agreement on file with the Technology Department before a user id and password will be assigned.
ECSD is committed to complying with applicable information security requirements and relevant information security standards and protocols. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following:
Users of the ECSD network are required to adhere to state and federal law as well as board policy. Any attempt to break those laws or policies through the use of ECSD networks may result in discipline or litigation against the offender(s) by the proper authority. ECSD will provide any information necessary in order to fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities in the civil and/or criminal process.
ECSD provides computer, network, e-mail, and Internet access to individuals as part of the learning environment. The use of these resources is a privilege and not a right. While these systems have the power to deliver a vast number of resources to classrooms and enhance education, their effectiveness depends on the responsible and ethical use by every individual. Violation of this agreement will result in the loss of this privilege and may result in discipline or litigation in accordance with board policy and state and federal law.
This section is dedicated to provide ECSD employees with guidance of acceptable use of the school district's information technology resources, including but not limited to:
Staff members will review the Information Security Awareness materials presented on the ECSD Portal website annually.
The following uses of ECSD computer resources by staff members are prohibited at all times:
ECSD employees who have or may have access to personally identifiable student records shall adhere to all standards included in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and other applicable laws and regulations, as they relate to the release of student information.
Staff members may only grant access to sensitive and secure areas, including but not limited to, server rooms and wire closets, after verification with the Technology Department of the credentials and need for access of the person requesting access.
ECSD does not grant any ownership, privacy or an expectation of privacy in the contents of any message, including email, or other Internet activities involving ECSD resources or equipment.
Personal use is prohibited if:
Each District e-mail user is responsible for the content of all text, audio, or image that he or she places or sends over the Internet or District email systems.
Employees who violate this agreement may be subject to discipline, including up to termination. All employees are responsible for reporting breaches and possible breaches of security. Incidents should be reported to an employee's supervisor and directly to the ECSD Technology Department. Suspected criminal activity must be immediately reported to law enforcement.
This section is dedicated to provide ECSD students with guidance of acceptable use of the district's information technology resources, including but not limited to:
Students are to follow copyright laws at all times. Students should refer all questions regarding copyright concerns to administrators at their school.
The District takes reasonable precautions by using filtering software to keep inappropriate Internet sites and e-mail out of the classroom. The District strongly adheres to the guidelines set forth by COPPA and CIPA when installing filtering/monitoring software devices on District equipment..
The following uses of ECSD technology resources by students are prohibited from:
Students, parents and guardians agree that ECSD computer equipment must be handled with care and respect.
Students who violate this agreement may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion in accordance with board policy and state and federal law. Suspected criminal activity must be immediately reported to law enforcement.
It is the policy of the East Carter County R-II School District to:
Key terms are as defined in the Children's Internet Protection Act.
C. Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or "Internet filters") shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
D. Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the East Carter County R-II School District online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Specifically, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage include, but is not limited to:
E. Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the East Carter County R-II School District to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children's Internet Protection Act. Procedures for disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Network Administrator or designated representatives.
F. Technology Protection Measure
The term "technology protection measure" means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:
G. Harmful to Minors
The term "harmful to minors" means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:
H. Sexual Act
The terms "sexual act" and "sexual contact" have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
V. Wireless Network
The East Carter County R-II School District's (ECSD) goal for wireless access in district facilities is to provide network and Internet access to district owned technology resources and equipment used for business and educational purposes by ECSD staff and students. The wireless network is meant to extend the wired network for use in areas or to devices where wired network access is unavailable, or for district owned devices that require a wireless network connection to operate.
D. Wireless Access
Access to the wireless network will be subject to approval by the ECSD administration and technology department, and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
The following guidelines further supplement the Technology Use Agreement.
F. Security and Network Maintenance
For security and network maintenance purposes, the District may monitor individual equipment, or wireless network traffic.
VI. Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education is a suite of online tools made available for free by Google for public and private educational facilities. The East Carter County R-II School District has partnered with Google to use it's services for the staff business and student educational needs. The Google Apps for Education system runs on an Internet domain owned by the District, and is therefore is considered as part of the Districts Information Systems.
B. Core Services
The following core services are available in the District's Google Apps for Education domain:
C. Student Expectations for Acceptable Use
The teachers will make every reasonable effort to monitor student conduct related to class content in order to maintain a positive learning community. All participants will respect the teachers' time and professionalism by supporting the same positive approach.
All participants will be respectful in their postings and comments. Inappropriate language, personal insults, profanity, spam, racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks, or threatening comments will be not be tolerated.
No student, or other participant, may include any information on the site that could compromise the safety of him/herself or other class members. Participants should avoid specific comments about school location or schedules.
All participants must protect their log-in and password information, as well as class passwords (if any). If participants suspect that a password has been compromised, they must notify the teacher immediately.
No participant may share his/her log-in information or protected information about the site with anyone who is not a participant.
Student use must follow all other expectations as listed in the Harry Stone Student Handbook.
Google Apps for Education is primarily for educational use. Students may use Apps for personal use subject to the restrictions below and additional school rules and policies that may apply.
Access Restriction - Due Process
Consumer Safety (Advice for Students and Parents)
Digital Citizenship (Advice for All)
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), U.S.C. §254 (h), the District uses technological devices designed to filter and block the use of any of the District's computers with Internet access to retrieve or transmit any visual depictions that are categorized as obscene, child pornography, or "harmful to minors" as defined in the CIPA.
It shall be the responsibility of all District school staff to make a reasonable effort to educate, supervise, and monitor appropriate usage of online computer network access to the Internet in accordance with this agreement, CIPA, COPPA, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
The following list is considered precautions taken by ECSD to ensure the safety of their students, employees, and other individuals.
Individuals should not have an expectation of privacy in the use of the District's email, systems, or equipment. The District may, for a legitimate reason, perform the following: