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Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Access to the computers, network, Internet, e-mail, and other technology services is a privilege, not a right. With this privilege, there also is a responsibility to use these technologies solely for educational purposes and not to access or to share inappropriate or unauthorized materials. Although technology resources are vital instructional tools for our students, abuse by any persons will not be tolerated.

 1. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Confluence Academies uses filtering software to restrict access to retrieve or transmit any visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or “harmful to minors” as defined in the CIPA. However, no filtering or blocking device is foolproof. Students are required to notify a teacher or principal if they encounter materials that violate these guidelines. Disabling or evading, or attempting to disable or evade the filtering software is prohibited.
2. All use of the network, Internet and e-mail services must be in support of education and research. Transmission or copying of any material in violation of any federal or state laws or regulations is prohibited: this includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material (For example: movies, videos, music and video games); threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Access to computer systems and networks that are owned
or operated by Confluence Academies imposes certain responsibilities and obligations on users and is subject to the Code of Conduct and local, state and federal laws.
3. Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of information, system security mechanisms, and the individual’s rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation, harassment and unwarranted annoyance. The school’s policy regarding hazing and bullying, including cyber-bullying, will be strictly enforced.
4. Students may not use or access social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, KIK, Internet chat rooms or other inappropriate websites/materials.
5. Commercial use of technology resources is strictly prohibited.
6. Students may use technology resources only for instructional purposes.
7. Users are not permitted to download or open unauthorized executable files. Large files should be downloaded during off-peak hours whenever possible.
8. Students will not post or circulate chain letters or any unnecessary message broadcast to a large number of people.

9. Students will not post personal information about themselves or others, including birthday, social security number, address, telephone number, or other personally identifiable information.
10. Students will promptly disclose to an administrator, teacher, or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable, including, but not limited to, requests to meet in-person or requests for personally identifiable information.
11. Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the e-mail system, the Confluence Academies web pages, or any proprietary systems. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account, access another person’s files, e-mail and/or network access.
12. Students will not use the Confluence Academies system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of another person, or any other activity that violates existing Confluence Academies’ policies or procedures. Reference to such activities, whether intended to be a prank or otherwise, will be treated as threats and prosecuted accordingly.
13. Students will not share their account information (user ID and/or password) or attempt to log in to another users account. Any sharing of user ID or password will result in immediate restriction or removal of account privileges.
14. Students will immediately notify a teacher or administrator if they have identified a possible security problem.
15. Students will not disrupt the computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
16. Students will not knowingly vandalize or cause damage to Confluence Academies equipment or software.
17. Students will not use technology resources to access or send material that is profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent, libelous, obscene, pornographic, or that advocates illegal acts, violence or discrimination toward other people.
18. Students who mistakenly access inappropriate information or images should immediately report this to a teacher or administrator to initiate proceedings to have the materials blocked.
19. Students will not repost or e-mail a message that was sent to them privately without permission from the person who originally sent the message.
20. A student does not have a legal expectation of privacy in the student’s electronic communications or other activities involving the district’s electronic resources. The district may examine all information stored on district electronic resources at any time. The district monitors student technology usage. Electronic communications, all data stored on the district’s technology resources, and downloaded material, including files deleted from a student’s account, may be intercepted, accessed or searched by district administrators or  designees at any time. All district technology resources are school property.
21. Confluence Academies and its affiliates make no warranty, either expressed or implied, for the technology services provided, and will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdirected deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system’s negligence, user errors, or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. Confluence Academies specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
**Taken from Confluence Academies Student Hand book pages 6, 7, 8 Technology Acceptable Use Policy.