The purpose of this document is to outline the polices for email use by teachers and students.
File: IIBGA – Critical
I. General Information
Limited Internet access is now available to student, teachers, and administrators of the Hancock Place School District. Hancock Place School District is a full member of MOREnet, the Missouri Research and Education telecommunications network. This provides our link to the Internet, a global network of information resources, intellectual collaboration, and educational opportunities. Internet users have access to an immense, dynamic universe of information, including the following.
- College and public libraries
- Experts in a variety of fields i.e. on-line scientists, doctors, professors, theologians, etc.
- First hand, immediate access to current events
- Educational materials such as on-line reference, curriculum methods, materials, and electronic field trips
- Government agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Weather Service, historical sites such as the Smithsonian and museums
- Students and colleagues
In general, the Internet is an “information Superhighway” which allows electronic traffic to pass freely via computer in a trusting atmosphere with a minimum of constraints. Internet provides open access to these local, national, and internationals sources of information and collaboration vital to intellectual inquiry in democracy.
II. Online Conduct
The Hancock Place School District does not have control of the information on the Internet, nor can it effectively limit authorized uses accessing the full range of information available. Some sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people.
Hancock Place School District, through strict, in-school supervision and clearly defined standards of usage, is working to foster responsible Internet usage. However, parent(s) and guardian(s) of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow. To that end, Hancock Place School District supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to participate in Internet usage, at school or home.
III. Standards of Usage
Access to the Internet is an unparalleled opportunity to interact with the world at large. The opportunity brings with it a number of responsibilities. Please read the following carefully.
- Students are responsible for good behavior on the Internet just as they are in a school building. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
- Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files will always be private.
- The following are not permitted:
- Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
- Using obscene language.
- Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
- Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer networks.
- Violating copyright laws.
- Using another’s password.
- Trespassing in another’s folders, work, or files.
- Intentionally wasting limited resources, including printing items not related to educational needs.
- Employing the network for commercial purposes.
- Revealing the personal address or phone number of yourself or any other person.
- Chat Rooms
- Students are expected to only use those resources and sources deemed appropriate for research and educational purpose by the instructor or faculty as a whole.
- A variety of software and applications have been provided to satisfy most academic needs. Please do not bring software from home, illegally copied software or downloaded software from the Internet.