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Acceptable Use Policy

Computer Use – Diocese of Palm Beach
The school may provide its administrators, faculty and students with access to computers and various information technology resources including email and internet access in order to enhance the teaching and learning environment of the school and to improve the school’s operations. Students must use these resources in a responsible, ethical, , and legal manner in accordance with the mission of the school and Catholic teachings. Therefore, students must abide by the following general rules of conduct:
1. Respect and protect the privacy of others:
a. Use only assigned account and passwords;
b. Do not share assigned account or passwords with others;
c. Do not view, use or copy passwords, data or networks to which you are not authorized;
d. Do not share or distribute private information about yourself or others.
2. Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resorces.
a. Observe all network security practices;
b. Report security risks or violations to the school principal;
c. Do not vandalize, destroy or damage data, networks, hardware, computer systems or other resources;
d. Do not disrupt the operation of the network or create or place a virus on the network;
e. Conserve and protect these resources for other students and internet users.
3. Respect and protect the intellectual property of others:
a. Do not infringe on copyright laws including downloading or copying music, games or movies;
b. Do not install unlicensed or unapproved software;
c. Do not plagiarize.
4. Respect the principles of the Catholic school;
a. Use only in ways that are kind and respectful;
b. Report threatening or discomforting materials to the school principal;
c. Do not access, transmit, copy or create materials that violate the school’s code of conduct (such as indecent, threatening, rude, discriminatory or harassing messages);
d. Do not access, transmit, copy or create materials that are illegal (such as obscene, stolen, or illegally copied materials or messages);
e. Do not use the resources to further any other acts that are criminal or violate the school’s code of conduct;
f. Do not use the resources for non-educational purposes such as visiting chat rooms, social websites, or networks like My Space or Facebook;
g. Do not send spam, chain letters or other mass unsolicited mailings;
h. Do not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business or political campaigning without prior written approval from the school’s principal.
2. Supervision and Monitoring – Diocese of Palm Beach The school and its authorized personnel may monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that users are secure and in conformity with this policy. The school reserves the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school’s information networks in order to further the health, safety, discipline or security of any student or other person or to protect property. It may also use this information in disciplinary actions and may furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement.
3. Unacceptable Use of Outside Technology – Diocese of Palm Beach The school expects students to use information technology (including, but not limited to, the Internet, email, instant messaging and text messaging) in a responsible and ethical fashion in compliance with all applicable laws and with Christian moral principles, both in and out of the school setting. Accordingly, students may not post, place, upload, share, or communicate any images, photographs, statements or inferences relating to or including profanity, vulgarity, indecency, illegal use of alcohol or other illegal or illicit activities. Additionally, students may not use information technology for the purpose of defaming, threatening, teasing or harassing any other student, staff member, parent, faculty member, or any other person. This includes, but is not limited to, communications on social networks such as My Space and Facebook. In addition, this rule applies to communications both during the school year and while students are on vacation or summer breaks. Students are responsible for all materials and communications made on personal websites and social networks and the materials and communications would be consistent with Christian moral principles, including any materials or communications posted on their sites by other individuals. Moreover, any unauthorized use of the school’s name (or common names associated with the school) or any likeness or image of the school or its employees or agents is strictly prohibited.
4. Consequences for Violations - Diocese of Palm Beach A violation of these rules may result in disciplinary action, including the loss of a student’s privilege to use the school’s information technology resources and any additional consequences at the principal’s discretion, including expulsion.
5. Charges for the Mishandling of iPads If an iPad screen is broken for whatever reason, accident, intentional there will be a charge of $50.00 for the repair (if the IPad is declare beyond repair by the insurance company the charge will be $100.00). It is the sole responsibility of the student to take care of the iPad, if the iPad is stolen, lost, misplaced, etc, the charge will be $100.00. The power cord and power block must be returned with the iPad at the end of the school year. There will be a charge of $10.00 for the power cord and $10.00 for the power block if not returned at the end of the school year. All power cords and power blocks will be checked at the end of the school year to make sure it is compatible with the device, not all the power cords and power blocks are compatible.
Educational uses and advantages of the Internet
Telecommunications, electronic information sources and networked services significantly alter the information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a broader array of resources. Electronics information research skills are now fundamental to the preparation of students as citizens and future employees during an Age of Information. Sacred Heart School staff will blend thoughtful use of such information throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources. Access to telecommunications will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases and electronic resources while also providing the ability to exchange messages with people throughout the world.
Responsibilities of educators, parents and students for using the Internet
The benefits to students from access to information resources, and the opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, Sacred Heart School supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow for independent access.
Code of conduct governing behavior on the Internet
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. Use of the computer network is a privilege. The network is provided for students to conduct research, complete assignments and communicate with others. Independent access to network services is provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will always be private.
The following are not permitted:
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures 

  • Using obscene language 

  • Giving personal information when using the system, such as complete name, address, phone number and identifiable photo without permission from teacher and parent or guardian  

  • Harassing, insulting or attacking others/cyber-bullying 

  • Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks 

  • Violating copyright laws 

  • Using others’ passwords 

  • Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files 

  • Intentionally wasting limited resources 

  • Employing the network for commercial purposes, financial gain or fraud

Consequences of violating the AUP
1. Violations may result in a loss of access.
2. Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the administrative level in line with existing practice regarding inappropriate language or behavior.
3. When applicable or appropriate, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Disclaimer absolving the school from responsibility
Sacred Heart School makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for the provided access. The Staff is not responsible for any damages incurred, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays or interruption of service, for the loss of data stored on school resources, or for personal property used to access school resources. Sacred Heart School is not responsible for the accuracy, nature or quality of information stored on school resources or gathered through provided access. Sacred Heart School is not responsible for unauthorized financial obligations incurred through school provided access. Furthermore, even though Sacred Heart School may use technical or manual means to limit student access, these limits do not provide a foolproof means for enforcing the provisions of this policy