Title: District Technology
The Districtís technology
resources are available to students, staff, and guests of the School District
of Hudson. The goal in
providing this service is to promote educational excellence in our schools by
facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
The Internet is an
electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and
millions of individual subscribers. The School District of Hudson
has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate and unacceptable
materials using filtering software, a firewall, and by teaching responsible
use.† However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials
and an industrious user may discover unacceptable information.† The Districtís position is that the valuable
information and interaction available on this worldwide network outweighs the
possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the
educational philosophy and goals of the
district; however, abuse may lead to restrictions of usersí privileges.
The smooth operation of the Districtís technology relies
upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict
guidelines.† This policy is provided so
that technology users are aware of their responsibilities.† In general, these responsibilities require
efficient, ethical and legal utilization of technology resources.† If School
District of Hudson
users violate any of these provisions, their access may be limited or
The use of the districtís information system must be in
support of education and research and consistent with the educational
objectives of the School District of Hudson. †Occasional personal use by employees of the
district outside the duty day is permissible. †Use of another
organization's network or computing resources must comply with the rules
appropriate for that network.†
Transmission of any material in violation of any national or state
regulation is prohibited.† This includes,
but is not limited to, copyrighted, threatening or obscene material.† Use for personal financial gain or product
advertisement for personal use is not acceptable.
All users who receive a
District technology account
will be provided an opportunity to learn about proper use of the technology and
appropriate etiquette.† Users are
expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of technology etiquette.
Illegal activities (violations of state and/or federal
laws) are strictly forbidden.
Accessing, transmitting, or receiving of pornographic,
obscene, sexually explicit, abusive, vulgar, inflammatory, threatening, racist,
hateful, and/or disrespectful material on school devices or through personal
devices while on school property or under supervision of a school authority is
Vandalism will result in the cancellation of
privileges.† Vandalism is any deliberate
attempt to harm or destroy data or hardware of another user or any of the
networks that are connected to the Internet structure.† This includes (but is not limited to) the downloading,
uploading, creation and/or modification of viruses.
Attempts to gain unauthorized access to system programs
or computer equipment are prohibited and any attempt to harm, modify, or
destroy data of another is prohibited.
Use of another individualís account, with or without
their consent, is not allowed.† Trespassing
in others' folders, work, or files is prohibited.
Posting false or defamatory information about a person
or organization is prohibited.
Posting private information about another person such
as addresses, telephone numbers, identification numbers, account numbers,
access codes, and/or passwords is prohibited.
Remote access of any District technology resources is
prohibited without prior consent from the Information Technology Department.
i.†† †††† Use of District technology that disrupts the use by others,
including downloading and/or playing of games, music or videos for leisure is prohibited.† The playing of games after ordinary school
hours must be approved by the building principal.
j. †††† Students may not download software programs
including any executable files to school computers.
k. ††† Staff and students may not download school
or district software programs onto personal property.
l. †††† Security on any technology system is a high
priority, especially when the system involves many users.† If a user
†† †††† feels he/she can identify a security problem
on the network, he/she must notify the Information Technology
††† ††† Department.† Any users who violate security rules may be
denied access to District technology.
m.†† Students may not access any type of chat
group without scheduling its usage in advance through the District
††† ††† Technology
n.† †† All
equipment connected to the districtís information networks through a physical
connection to a network jack,
††††† † computer, or
through a wireless connection must be done with †prior approval of a teacher or administrator.
Electronic mail (e-mail) is not intended to be private and
secure in the districtís information system.†
The Information and Technology Department that operates the system has
access to all e-mail.† The Information
and Technology Department may inspect the contents of e-mail sent by one user to
another addressee. They may also disclose such contents to other than the
sender or an intended recipient without the consent of the sender or an
intended recipient, unless required to do so by law or policies of the Hudson School
District. The Information and Technology
Department will investigate complaints regarding e-mail which is alleged to
contain defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented,
threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.† Messages relating to or in support of illegal
activities will be reported to the authorities.
a. ††† Copies
of staff incoming and outgoing email, that is not deleted within 24 hours, will
be maintained on the contracted email server for two years. †Copies of student incoming and outgoing email,
that is not deleted within 24 hours, will be maintained on the contracted email
server for two months.
b. ††† Users
who receive threatening, harassing or otherwise inappropriate email should not
delete the email.† They should call and report
it to the building principal and the Information and Technology Department immediately
so that routing information can be gathered.
c. ††† The
District will seek and maintain approval of the Districtís email schedule for
destruction by the Public Board of Records and will secure a waiver for the
standard records retention statute from the State Historical Society.
District of Hudson
reserves the right to inspect and review computer files without notice, without
consent, and without a search warrant.†
If it is suspected that laws have been violated, a law enforcement
agency may be contacted.† The District
Technology Coordinator and staff supervisors will decide what is inappropriate
use of the District Information System, and if the acceptable use policy of the
district has been violated.† The
Information Technology Department may close an account at any time in order to
secure the network environment.† The
administration, faculty, and staff of the School District of Hudson
may request that the system administrator deny, revoke, or suspend specific
user accounts.† Violators of this
acceptable use policy will be reported to the building Principal who will
determine the consequences for the misuse or abuse. Depending on the severity
of the situation,
and at the discretion of the building Principal and/or
Superintendent, any or all of the following consequences may be pursued:
Students in violation of this District technology policy
agreement may be removed from class with a failing grade if a substantial part
of the class requires access to technology resources.
To ensure quality use of the Districtís Information System all
users will be required to sign an ďAcceptable Use AgreementĒ which indicates
adherence to this policy.
District of Hudson
makes every effort possible to supply high quality and reliable technology
services to its users.† However, the
District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the
service it is providing.† The School District of Hudson will not be responsible for any
damages suffered.† This includes the loss
of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service
interruptions caused by its own negligence or user errors or omissions.† Use of any information obtained via the
Internet is at the userís own risk.†
Despite its efforts to screen Internet retrieved materials, the School District of Hudson specifically denies any
responsibility for the accuracy, quality, or potential harm of information
obtained through its Internet service.†
Date of Board Adoption:†
Previous Adoption/Revision: 04/14/2009, 05/14/02, 05/11/99,
06/09/97, 01/13/04, 05/13/08
statute 943.70; 17 U.S.C. section 101