eChalk Technology Acceptable Use
eChalk is an extension of the CHCCS
network. All provisions in CHCCS Policy
3225/4312/7320 Technology Acceptable Use, apply to the use of eChalk. The use of eChalk requires staff to
demonstrate responsibility in the use of this powerful communication and
Policy Code: 3225/4312/7320
including computers, other electronic devices, programs, networks and the
Internet, provide opportunities to enhance
instructional methods, appeal to different learning styles, and achieve the
educational goals established by the Board.
Through district technology resources, users can observe events as they
occur around the world, interact with others on a variety of subjects, and
acquire access to current and in-depth information.
Use of technological
resources should be integrated into the educational program.
Technological resources should be used in
teaching the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and in meeting the
educational goals of the Board.
Professional personnel will make thoughtful use of technological resources
by considering the quality of the content, the skills required to access
information, and the ability of students to evaluate the information. Teachers will help students develop skills to
enable them to effectively utilize computers and networks, and to search
the Internet responsibly. Professional
personnel should consult Board Policy 3200, Selection of Textbooks and
Supplementary Materials, for guidance on criteria for selecting digital
instructional materials. The curriculum
committee should provide suggestions for using technology resources in the
curriculum guides as provided in Board Policy 3115, Curriculum and Instruction
Guides. Teachers are encouraged to
further incorporate the use of technological resources into their lesson plans.
The superintendent shall ensure that
school district computers with Internet access comply with federal requirements
regarding filtering software and Internet safety policies. The superintendent shall develop any
regulations necessary to meet such requirements and will submit any
certifications necessary to meet such requirements.
Requirements for Use of Technological Resources
Any users of
district technological resources, including staff and students, must comply
with the requirements for use established in the administrative regulation
which further defines or explains acceptable use, responsibilities of the user,
limits of use, restricted material, consequences of unacceptable behavior,
confidentiality of information, and the inability of the board to guarantee
services on the Internet.
The use of school system technological resources, such as computers and
other electronic devices, networks, and the Internet, is a privilege, not a
using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate on-line
behavior. Such training must cover
topics such as cyberbullying awareness and response, and interacting with
others on social networking websites and in chat rooms.
Anyone who uses school system computers electronic devices,
or who accesses the school network or the Internet at an educational site must
comply with the requirements listed below. Failure
to adhere to these requirements will result in disciplinary action, including
revocation of user privileges. Willful
misuses may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution under
applicable state and federal law.
1. School system technological resources are
provided for school-related purposes only.
Acceptable uses of such technological resources are limited to
activities that support learning and teaching.
Use of school system technological resources for commercial gain or
profit is prohibited.
2. Under no circumstance may software purchased
by the school system be copied for personal use.
3. Students and employees must comply with all
applicable board policies, administrative regulations, and school standards and
rules in using technological resources.
All applicable laws, including those relating to copyrights and
trademarks, confidential information, and public records, apply to
technological resource use. Any use that
violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited.
4. No user of the district’s technological
resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic communications,
may engage in creating, intentionally accessing, downloading, storing, printing,
or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound
files, text files, documents, messages, or other material that is obscene,
defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing, or considered to be harmful to
5. Users of technological resources may not send
electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity
of the sender).
6. Users must respect the privacy of
others. When using e-mail, chat rooms,
blogs, or other forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal
personally identifiable, private or confidential information, such as the home
address, or telephone number, of themselves, or fellow students. In addition, school employees must not
disclose on the Internet, or on school system websites, or web
pages any personally identifiable information concerning students (including
names, addresses, or pictures) without the written permission of a parent, or a
guardian, or an eligible student, except as otherwise permitted by the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or policy 4700, Student
Records. Users also may not forward or
post personal communications without the author’s prior consent.
7. Users may not intentionally negligently
damage computers, computer systems, electronic devices, software, or computer
networks. Users may not knowingly or
negligently transmit computer viruses, or self-replicating messages, or
deliberately try to degrade or disrupt system performance. Users must scan any downloaded files for
8. Users may not create or introduce games, network
communications programs, or any foreign program, or software onto any school
system computer, electronic device, or network without the express permission
of the technology director or designee.
9. Users are prohibited from engaging in
unauthorized or unlawful activities, such as “hacking,” or using the computer
network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access to other
computers, computer systems, or other users’ accounts.
10. Users are
prohibited from using another individual’s computer account without prior
written permission from the individual.
11. If a user identifies a security problem on a
technological resource, he or she must immediately notify a system
administrator. Users must not
demonstrate the problem to other users. Any
user identified as a security risk will be denied access.
12. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to
supervise a student’s use of the Internet during instructional time.
13. Views may be expressed as representing the
view of the school system or part of the school system only with prior approval
by the superintendent or designee.
Material on the Internet
All users are
responsible for their actions when using technological resources. Access to networks is available to individuals
willing to act responsibly and courteously.
Use of networked resources in a manner harmful to others will not be
tolerated. Use of district technological resources will comply with
administrative regulations developed by the superintendent.
Supervised access to
computers, networks, and the Internet will be granted to all students. Supervised access is defined as access to
these resources when a school district staff member is present with the
student. Supervised access includes all
with a staff member
present, computer labs with a staff member present, and media centers when a
staff member, or trained volunteer is circulating, or otherwise monitoring
student use of technology resources. If
parents do not want their student to have access to technological resources while
at school, they should request and sign a Declination of Technological
There is the possibility that students could obtain access to
inappropriate, inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, or offensive materials on the
Internet. The board is aware that there is information on the Internet that is
not related to the educational program.
The board also is aware that the Internet may provide information and
opportunities to communicate on subjects that are not suitable for school-age
children and that many parents would find objectionable. However, the Board
believes that the educational opportunities provided through use of the
Internet far outweigh the possibility that users may encounter inappropriate
material. In addition to taking
reasonable precautions, the district will install a filtering program to
prevent students from viewing inappropriate material. This measure complies
with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Since no content filtering
solution provides 100% protection from inappropriate materials, such as
violence, nudity, obscenity, or graphic language which does not serve a
legitimate pedagogical purpose, the user is ultimately responsible for his or
her activity on the Internet. School officials may disable such filters for an
adult who uses a school-owned computer for bona fide research or another lawful
educational purpose. School system personnel may not restrict Internet access
to ideas, perspectives, or viewpoints if the restriction is motivated solely by
disapproval of the ideas involved.
No right of privacy exists in any
communication on district technological resources. School network spaces are
analogous to desks or lockers and may be inspected when network maintenance becomes
necessary, or if users are suspected of abusing access rights, and to ensure
compliance with board policy and applicable laws and regulations. School system
administrators or individuals designated by the superintendent may review
files, monitor all communication, and intercept e-mail messages to maintain
system integrity, and to ensure compliance with board policy and applicable
laws and regulations. School system
personnel shall monitor on-line activities of individuals who access the
Internet via the district network.
The superintendent may use any means
available to request the removal of personal websites, social networking websites, and other forms of online
materials and communications that
substantially disrupt the school environment, or that utilize school system, or
individual school names, logos, or trademarks without permission.
Though school personnel generally do not
monitor students’ Internet activity conducted outside the district network,
when the student’s on-line behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety, or maintaining order and discipline in the
schools, the student may
be disciplined in accordance with board policy (see the student behavior policies
in the 4300 series).
In accordance with Policy Code 7300 - Staff Responsibilities and
Ethics, the board expects all staff members to conduct themselves on and off
the job in a manner that not only reflects positively on the school system, but
that sets forth a
model worthy of emulation by students.
This expectation includes the use of personal websites, social
networking websites, and other forms of online materials and
All employees must use district provided tools when communicating with
students about any school-related matters.
Thus, employees may not use personal email, personal websites, or personal
on-line networking profiles to post information in an attempt to communicate
with students about school-related matters.
Employees are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at
all times. Employees are encouraged to
block students from viewing personal information on employee personal websites
or on-line networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that
students could view materials that are not age-appropriate. If an employee creates and/or posts
inappropriate content on a website or profile and it has a negative impact on
the employee’s ability to perform his or her job as it relates to working with
students, the employee will be subject to discipline up to and including
dismissal. This section applies to all
employees, volunteers, and student teachers working in the school system.
Legal References: U.S. Const.
amend. I; Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5); Electronic
Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2522; Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 17 U.S.C. 101 et
seq.; 20 U.S.C. 6777; G.S. 115C-325(e), -391
Cross References: Curriculum and
Instructional Guides (policy 3115), Technology in the Educational Program
(policy 3220), Copyright Compliance (policy 3230/7330), Web Page Development
(3227/7322), Student Behavior Policies (all policies in the 4300 series),
Public Records – Retention, Release and Disposition (policy 5070/7350), Use of
Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520), Staff Responsibilities and
Ethics (policy 7300), Staff Internet Usage (policy 7320).