Internet Use Policy
Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the school district. We are very pleased to bring this access to Haverford School District and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in 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. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Haverford School District has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious user may discover controversial materials. Haverford School District firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the district.
Haverford School District's purpose in providing access to the Internet is to support research and education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of an account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the school district. Sending or receiving of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited.
Students are responsible for appropriate behavior on the school's computer network just as they are in a classroom or on a school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. It is expected that users will comply with district standards and the specific rules set forth below. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. The user is personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and utilizing the school's computer resources. The students are advised never to access, keep, or send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see. Parents have the option of denying their child individual access to the Internet.
The following guidelines are provided so everyone is aware of the responsibilities that come with using the Internet. If a Haverford School District user violates any of these provisions, future Internet access will be denied. The signatures on this document are legally binding and indicate that those who signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance. Students who do not have an Internet Agreement form on file with his/her school, will be denied access to the Internet.
l. All use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the purposes of the school district and the access providers. Any use that disrupts the educational and administrative goals of the District is prohibited.
2. Do not damage the computer or the network in any way.
3. Do not deliberately spread computer viruses. Computer viruses are programs that have been developed as pranks, and can destroy valuable programs and data. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance of the local school network or any other computer system or network on the Internet by spreading computer viruses is considered criminal activity under state and federal law.
4. Do not interfere with the operation of the network by installing illegal software, shareware, or freeware. Do not download software without written permission of the system administrator.
5. Obey the rules of copyright. Students will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were one's own.
6. Students shall not access inappropriate material on the Internet, including but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, child pornography, or other materials that may be harmful to minors.
7. Do not share your password with another person.
8. Use appropriate language. Profanity or obscenity will not be tolerated on the school network. You must use language appropriate for school situations as indicated by school policy. Students will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude or threatening language. Nor will they through means of the Internet, harass or annoy any other users.
9. Avoid offensive or inflammatory speech. Internet users must respect the rights of others both in the local community and in the Internet at large. Personal attacks are an unacceptable use of the network. If you are the victim of a a personal attack, ("flame") bring the incident to the attention of a teacher or system administrator.
10. Students shall not use the Internet to send or receive personal electronic mail.
11. Students shall not enter or participate in Chat Rooms, NewsGroups or List Servs for any reason.
12. Students shall not engage in unauthorized access of computers, including hacking.
13. Students shall not disclose, use, or disseminate any personal identification of themselves or others.
14. Students shall not engage in unlawful activities.
Violation of the School District of Haverford Township's Internet Responsible Use Policy in any way, may result in loss of Internet privileges provided by the school. Disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with existing school policy. When necessary, the school may call in law enforcement agencies.
1. The School District of Haverford Township will employ the use of content filtering/blocking technology throughout the entire school district as a technology protection measure.
2. An administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filter to allow Internet access for lawful purposes.
3. The School District will monitor the online activities of minors.
Please read the Internet Policy and sign and return this agreement to your homeroom teacher
* Student Agreement
I understand that Internet access is a privilege, not a right. After reading the Board Policy No. 815, Acceptable Use of the Internet Computer Network, I understand and will abide by the Haverford School District Internet Use Guidelines. I also understand that my failure to comply with the above guidelines can result in loss of Internet privileges as well as more serious disciplinary and/or legal action.
Signature _______________________________________ Date / /
* Parent/Guardian Permission
I have read and understand the Board Policy No. 815, Acceptable Use of the Internet Computer Network. I also understand that this access is designed for education purposes and that school personnel will make every effort to properly supervise my child's use of network services. I understand that since it is technically impossible for Haverford School District to restrict access to ALL controversial materials, I will not hold them responsible for any materials acquired on the network. I hereby give permission for my child to have Internet access.
Signature _________________________________________ Date / /
I do not wish my child to have individual access to the Internet.
Signature _________________________________________ Date / /
* Both must be signed