Acceptable Use Policy for Middle and
SEE ALSO: HIGHLIGHTS
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS |
use of the computers provided by PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS to students
is a privilege. This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is designed to
describe how PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS expects the technology to be
Students who violate this policy may suffer disciplinary action
including but not limited to the loss of privileges relating to the use
of technology in the schools as described in the Student Conduct
Limited Purpose of
SCHOOLS provides access to its computer system, including access to the
Internet, as a privilege, and not as a right, to its students and
staff. PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS has a limited educational purpose
which includes the use of its system for classroom activities,
professional or career development, and limited high-quality,
self-discovery activities. Users are expected to use Internet access
through the computer system to advance educational and personal goals
consistent with the mission of PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS and its
Uses which may be acceptable on a userís private personal account on
another system may not be acceptable on this limited purpose system
which PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS provides.
2.0 Chat Rooms, Forums, and other Communications
with other Internet users is prohibited unless approved and monitored by
the supervising teacher.
This includes all use
of blogs, forums, chats, e-mail, and other forms of online communication
during the school day.
It is the responsibility of the student to report any knowledge of
electronically transmitted attacks made over the Internet or LAN.
Creation or transmission of material in violation of any law, such as
threatening, obscene, or copyrighted material, is prohibited.
Users must always include their name in email communication.
3.0 Activities Prohibited via School Telecommunications Facilities
whether over the Internet or the LAN, must be conducted in a polite,
Transmission of derogatory, demeaning, or vulgar material and personal
attacks is prohibited.
Any behavior intended to disrupt the use of facilities is prohibited.
Using profanity or offensive language is prohibited.
4.0 Other prohibited activities
Using, viewing, or attempting to locate material that is unacceptable in a
school setting is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to,
pornographic, obscene, violent, or vulgar images, sounds, music, language,
video, or other material that is not in keeping with the educational
mission of PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS.
Unauthorized use of credit cards to purchase products or services is
activity that results in the loss of another personís privacy is
prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing or copying
software or data containing personal information.
for product advertising, political or commercial purposes, or illegal
activity is prohibited.
Unauthorized remote access to school facilities via telecommunications
facilities is prohibited.
5.0 Access to Computer Facilities
Students are prohibited
from entering restricted areas without permission of the staff and without
adult staff supervision.
Such areas include, but
are not limited to, administrative work areas, server rooms, wiring
closets, labs, and classrooms.
Removal of equipment from
school grounds or relocation of equipment within the school is prohibited.
Installing, copying, or
executing software not licensed to PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS is
Software and/or equipment
provided by PCS for home use is restricted to use by PCS staff or
Copying software in
violation of copyright laws is prohibited.
Unlawful possession of
software licensed to PCS is prohibited.
7.0 System Use
Possession or use of
hacker utilities designed to circumvent security systems or gain
unauthorized access to computer facilities is prohibited.
Attempting to access
the Internet via connections other than the filtered, monitored system
provided by PCS or to circumvent the School Boardís Internet filtering
system is prohibited.
Damaging, marring, or
defacing computer hardware or network infrastructure is prohibited.
includes the monitor, CPU, keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, printer, scanner,
cables, connections, switches, wiring, and other associated equipment.
Deleting or altering
software and/or network settings on school equipment is prohibited.
8.0 System Security
Abuse or unauthorized
use of passwords is prohibited.
Any user identified as a
security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems
may be denied access to computer facilities.
Users who have knowledge
of breaches of security by others are expected to notify a system
administrator or responsible adult.
9.0 Internet Safety
Students are expected to
avoid sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading illegal material via the
studentís image, article, or identifying information may be posted on the
PCS web site until a release form is signed by the studentís parent or
The AUP and associated
Student Conduct policies are provided to each student and parent annually
as part of the student handbook. Students and their parents/guardians are
expected to return the signed acknowledgement of their receipt of these
training is conducted annually for students.
The PCS COMPUTER
TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY is posted on the
divisionís home page.