The Greene County School System believes the use of telecommunications
in instructional programs is an educational tool that facilitates communication, innovation,
resource sharing, and access to information. Due to the complexity of accessible networks
and the magnitude of potential information available on the Internet, students and staff using
telecommunications will comply with this policy and administrative procedures with regards to
technology use. Due to the changing nature of technology and due to changes recommended or
required by federal law, the Board of Education reserves the right to amend this policy.
The Board of Education, through its administrative staff, reserves the right to monitor
and filter all computer, electronic mail, voice mail, and Internet activity by students and
staff conducted at Greene County schools.
The Board of Education makes no assurances of any kind, expressed or
implied, regarding any telecommunication services provided. The school system or
individual schools in the system will not be responsible for any damages the student/user
suffers. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk.
The school system specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of
information or software obtained through its electronic services.
The Internet network structure makes it extremely difficult for the
Board of Education and/or schools to completely regulate and filter the information received or
sent by students. As such, the Board of Education and/or schools cannot assure parents
that students will not access undesirable materials or send or receive objectionable
communications. The Board of Education can assure parents that the staff will be trained
and reasonable precautions, including content filtering and monitoring, will have been taken to
keep Greene County students safe from illegal and/or offensive material in compliance with FCC
In doing the most controlled monitoring possible, the schools will
enforce administrative procedures. Failure to comply with these administrative procedures
shall be deemed grounds for revocation of privileges and disciplinary and/or appropriate legal
action for both students and staff. A copy of the procedures shall be distributed to each
teacher in the school system. The Superintendent will instruct the administration at each
school to provide a student copy in the form the school deems appropriate (student handbook,
parent and student information sheet, etc.). The media center at each school and the
central office shall house a copy for public examination. In addition, copies of this
Appropriate Telecommunications Use Policy will be found on the Greene County Schools web page
(http.//www.greene.k12.ga.us), and a hard
copy will be housed at the Technology Department along with a copy of the Children's Internet
It shall be the policy of the Greene County Board of Education that the
school district shall have in continuous operation, with respect to any computers belonging to
the school having access to the Internet:
A qualifying "technology protection measure," as that term is
defined in Section 1703(b)(1) of the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000; and
Procedures or guidelines developed by the Superintendent,
administrators, and/or other appropriate personnel which provide for monitoring the online
activities or users and the use of the chosen technology protection measure to protect against
access through such computers to visual depictions that are (i) obscene, (ii) child
pornography, or (iii) harmful to minors, as those terms are defined in Section 1703(b)(1) and
(2) of the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000. Such procedures or guidelines
shall be designed to:
Provide for monitoring the online activities of users to prevent, to
the extent practical, access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and the World
Promote the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail,
chat rooms, and other forms of direct communications;
Prevent unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking,"
and other unauthorized activities by minors online;
Prevent the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal
identification information regarding minors; and
Restrict minors access to materials "harmful to minors" as
that term is defined in Section 1703(b)(2) of the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
which state The term "harmful to minors" means any picture, image, graphic image
file, or other visual depiction that -
i. Taken as a
whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest
nudity, sex, or excretion;
describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect
what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual
actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd
of the genitals; and
iii. Taken as a whole,
lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value
I. Acceptable Use
Access to the school's Internet and networks is provided to all
students (individual work and whole group instruction) for educational purposes and research
consistent with the school's educational mission and goals.
All teachers shall sign a form saying they have read and understand the
administrative procedures for using the Internet and that they understand the consequences for
violation of these procedures.
The Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.
Inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. The
Superintendent and/or his/her designee will make all decisions regarding user violation of this
policy or procedures addressing the use of telecommunications. With the approval of the
Superintendent, further restrictions may be structured to meet the needs at each school.
III. School Control
The principal of each school will maintain accurate records that
include the following:
A formal written request filed by a parent and/or guardian limiting a
student's telecommunications use to whole group instruction.
A signed Staff Supervision and Responsibilities Form for all employees
who are afforded telecommunication access.
All users should be mindful when using Greene County School System
technology that any actions taken by them will reflect upon the school system as a whole.
All users must behave in an ethical and legal manner.
Violations of acceptable conduct on the network will result in loss of
network privileges. Intentional misuse causing damage to the network or network components will
require financial reimbursement to the district for necessary repairs.
Computer network use is also governed by federal and state laws, which
specify punitive legal actions that can be taken as well as terms of imprisonment, and/or
IV. Staff Supervision and
Staff members will become familiar with this policy and applicable
procedures and will be trained in the use of appropriate telecommunications and informed of
"no right to privacy". The Technology Director and/or designee will lead this
instruction. The instruction will include training and any needed clarification on this
policy and applicable procedures during the school year. No staff member will have access
to the Internet within a classroom or other school setting unless the staff member has
completed appropriate training and signed the
Teacher Responsibility Form. When, in the course of their duties, staff members
become aware of student violation of this policy, they must correct the student and address the
matter in accordance with this procedure and the procedures outlined in the Greene County Board
of Education's general disciplinary policies and procedures.
The student and/or student's parents/legal guardians will be
responsible for compensating the school system for any losses, costs or damages incurred by the
school system relating to or arising from any student violation of this policy or applicable
Network security is a high priority. If the student or teacher
identifies or perceives a security problem or a breech of these responsibilities on the
Internet or network, the user must immediately notify the principal, technology coordinator, or
appropriate staff available. The student must not demonstrate the problem to other student
users. Any student identified as a security risk may be denied access to the network.
Passwords shall be kept confidential. Staff members who reveal
passwords to students will be responsible for compensating the school system for any losses,
costs or damages incurred by the school system relating or arising from any student violation
of this policy or applicable procedures. Additionally, staff members will be responsible
for compensating the school system for any losses, costs or damages incurred by the school
system relating or arising from their violation of this policy or applicable procedures.
Vandalism is defined as "any malicious attempt to harm or destroy
the school's network hardware, data or software". This includes, but is not limited
to, intentional uploading, downloading, or creation of computer viruses. Vandalism is
also defined as utilizing any software for the purpose of monitoring the network, performing
remote administration, registry management, or any other activity that might cause damage to
the schools' network system or any other system, including but not limited to disks that
contain viruses. Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary
The Board of Education assumes no responsibility for any
unauthorized charges or fees including, but not limited to, long distance charges, per
minute surcharges, membership fees incurred by on-line users and/or equipment costs.
IX. Unacceptable Use
The user is responsible for all of his/her actions and activities
involving the Internet and network. Some examples of prohibited conduct are listed
Accessing, sending, or posting materials or communications that
a. Damaging to another person's reputation
d. Sexually oriented
e. Threatening (violent)
f. Harassing or contrary to the Board of Education's policy on
h. Related to controlled substances
Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of
copyright or other contracts or transmitting any material in violation of Federal and State
Copying or downloading any material, other than appropriate e-mail
attachments, to a server or workstation connected to the school network without proper
Utilizing any software for the purpose of monitoring the network,
performing remote administration, registry management, or any other activity that might cause
damage to the schools' network system or any other system. This includes but is not
limited to disks that may contain viruses.
Attempting to read, delete, move, copy, or modify any file on the
network system or deliberately interfering with the ability of other system users on the
Using personal diskettes, Zip disks, data CDs, or audio CDs
Wastefully using resources, (time on line, paper for printing, ink, or
instructional time, etc.)
Using the network for financial gain.
Gaining access to unauthorized resources or materials.
Invading the privacy of individuals.
Creating materials and signing another person's name without consent,
or forging electronic mail messages.
Attempting to log onto the network using another person's password, or
falsely posing as a school network administrator.
Utilizing peer-to-peer or other types of file trading software (i.e.
Kazaa, Bearshare, Morpheus, etc.)* excluding technology department employees for legitimate
and appropriate downloads.
Using any other inappropriate network etiquette, for example, posting
anonymous messages or spamming.
Using the network to send, receive, or view messages and images that
are inconsistent with the district's educational goals, objectives, and conduct
Using the network(s) in a manner inconsistent with directions form
teachers and/or other school staff.
Using the network while access privileges are suspended or
Violations of any of the following acts: Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act of 1988, Race Relations Act, Equal Opportunities Act, Privacy Act, Data Protection
Act, and Children's Internet Protection Act of 2001.
X. Network Etiquette
The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of
network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following:
The user must be polite. They must not use abusive language in
messages to others.
The user must use appropriate language. They may not swear or use
vulgar or inappropriate language.
The user may not reveal personal addresses or telephone numbers.
The user must recognize that Internet use, e-mail, online chatting, and
voice mail accounts is not private. Greene County Board of Education provides no
reasonable expectation of privacy in regards to computer or other technology use.
Technicians who operate the system at the schools or on the networks have access to web,
e-mail, and telephone monitoring software, computer history, voice mail and e-mail accounts.
Messages relating to illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.
The user may not use the network in any way that would disrupt its
The user must consider all communications and information accessible
via the data and telephone network to be the Greene County Board of Education's private
property with no expectations of privacy.
XI. Termination of Privileges
An employee's access to and use of the network will be discontinued
when his/her Employment is suspended or terminated, whether the termination is voluntary or
A student's access to and use of the network will be discontinued when
the student graduates from high school, withdraws from the Greene County School System, or is
suspended or expelled by the Greene County School System. A student whose access to the
network has been suspended or terminated may request, in writing, a review of the decision by
the Superintendent or his/her designee. Whenever possible, a final determination shall be
sent to the student in writing within ten working days of receipt of the request for
Parents and/or legal guardians can choose to terminate their child's
privileges for individual Internet use by filing a formal request in writing to their child's
school principal. If a request for termination of privileges is not filed, the parents
and/or legal guardians understand that Internet access is designed for educational purposes and
that student access will be monitored and filtered. Although appropriate precautions will
be taken, it may be impossible for the agencies involved to restrict all controversial
material. Furthermore, the parents and/or legal guardians will not hold the
administrator, technology department employees, or school system employees responsible for
materials acquired on the network.
Updating User Identification Information
Greene County School System may occasionally require new or updated
information from users. Users must provide all such information as requested. Users
also must notify the administration of any changes in user identification information (address,
phone, name, school enrollment, etc.).