ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY - TECHNOLOGY
The Technology Acceptable Use policy provides the parents, students, and staff of the Leicester School community with guidelines for the safe and secure use of technology resources provided by Leicester Public Schools. Students, parents/guardians, and staff of LPS must read and sign a statement acknowledging their agreement to abide by the guidelines delineated. All rules and responsibilities stated in this policy are applicable to all users of the network whether or not an acknowledgement signature is obtained. Since technology is constantly changing and all potential issues may not be anticipated, users are expected to comply with both the written rules established in this policy as well as the “spirit” of the policy.

Technology assets, including hardware, software, and the network, provides users access to a wide range of information resources to support students’ academic success, enable effective communication, and serve the administrative functions of the school district. This acceptable use policy allows for the use of the district’s technology assets consistent with the mission of the Leicester Public Schools as well as with applicable state and federal laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. 6501 (COPPA) and the Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(CIPA). Most importantly, it is designed to protect our children as well as the town’s technology investments.

CONSISTENCY WITH THE DISTRICT’S MISSION
  • The use of technology assets shall be focused on the educational mission as well as on communication and administrative functions in support of that mission.
  • District technology assets shall not be used for commercial, religious, entertainment, or political purposes that are outside of the scope of the work of our schools.
  • In addition to the specific guidelines provided within this policy, the use of all district technology resources shall be consistent with all other policies adopted by the Leicester School Committee.

RESPECT FOR PERSONAL SAFETY AND PRIVACY
  • Threatening, racist, disrespectful, or obscene material and language or language intended to bully or intimidate are prohibited. Exceptions may be made when such material is explicitly connected to curriculum and is approved, in advance, by the principal.
  • Passwords shall remain private and shall not be shared among users.
  • Users shall not post their own or others private contact information.
  • Students shall not agree to meet with someone they have met online, except under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • All safety or security concerns shall be reported to an administrator.


RESPECT FOR PUBLIC LAWS AND ACADEMIC PROPERTY RIGHTS
  • Users shall respect copyright laws and shall not plagiarize the work of others.
  • Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the internal or to any external networks.
  • Users shall not make deliberate attempts to vandalize hardware, destroy data, or cripple the network by spreading computer viruses or by other means.
  • Users shall not use district technology resources to engage in illegal activity.

It is the responsibility of the Leicester School Department to protect students from objectionable content and unauthorized communication through a variety of means including filtering software, supervision, digital citizenship training, and disciplinary action. However, the Leicester School Department cannot reasonably prevent all inappropriate uses; the appropriate operation of our network relies heavily on the proper conduct of the users. The use of the district’s network and technology resources is a privilege and not a right. If a user violates any of the provisions of this policy further use of these resources may be denied and/or other disciplinary/legal consequences may be applied appropriate to the infraction made.

All email accounts and storage locations are owned by the Leicester School Department, which retains the right to access, copy, and review any of the information contained therein. Users should not have any expectation of privacy in regard to communications and information accessed through the district network.

The Leicester School Department makes no warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, for the technology services provided to its users. The Leicester School Department shall not be responsible for damages resulting from the loss of data or from improper use of the network by its users.

The network user shall be responsible for compensating the school for any losses, costs, or damages incurred by the school related to violations of this policy and/or associated administrative procedures, including investigation of violations.

ADOPTED: December 10, 2013