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H222 - Student Computer and Internet Use

Policy H222: Student Computer and Internet Use

Hancock School Department computers, network, and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff.  This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.  

Compliance with Hancock School Committee policies and rules concerning computer and Internet use is mandatory.  Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked.  The Hancock Grammar School Principal is authorized to determine, after considering the circumstances involved, whether and for how long a student’s computer privileges will be altered.  The Principal’s decision shall be final.

Violations of this policy and Hancock School Committee computer and Internet rules may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.

Hancock School Department computers remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the School Department at all times.  The Hancock School Department monitors all computer and Internet activity by students.  Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on school property or elsewhere.

Internet  Safety

The Hancock School Department uses filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography.  Although the School Department takes precautions to supervise and monitor  student use of the Internet, parents should be aware that the School Department cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer and Internet use by students in violation of Hancock School Committee policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the Hancock Grammar School.  The Hancock School Department is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.

In the interest of student  Internet safety, Hancock Grammar School also educates students and parents about online behavior, including interacting with other people on social networking sites and in  chat rooms, the dangers of engaging in “hacking” and other unlawful online activities, and issues surrounding “sexting” and cyberbullying awareness and response. 

The Superintendent shall be responsible for integrating age-appropriate Internet safety training and “digital citizenship” into the curriculum and for documentation of  Internet safety training.

Implementation of Policy and “Acceptable Use” Rules

The Superintendent shall be responsible for implementation of this policy and the accompanying “acceptable use” rules.  The Superintendent may implement additional administrative procedures or school rules consistent with School Committee policy to govern Internet access and the day-to-day management, security, and operations of Hancock School Department computer and network systems and to prevent the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors. 

Students and parents shall be informed of this policy and the accompanying rules through student handbooks, the school website, and/or other means selected by the Superintendent.

 

Approved:  5/27/14

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