KEARNY BOARD OF
TELECOMMUNICATIONS GUIDELINES AND CODE OF CONDUCT
ACCESS TO NETWORKED INFORMATION RESOURCES
The Board recognizes that
as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the ways that
information may be accessed, communicated and transferred by members of the
society, those changes may also alter instruction and student learning. The Board generally supports access by
students to rich information resources along with the development by staff of
appropriate skills to analyze and evaluate such resources. In a free and democratic society, access to
information is a fundamental right of citizenship.
electronic information sources and networked services significantly alter the
information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a broader array of
resources. Telecommunications, because
they may lead to any publicly available fileserver in the world, will open
classrooms to electronic information resources which have not been screened by
educators for use by students of various ages.
research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future
employees during an Age of Information.
The Board expects that staff will blend thoughtful use of such
information throughout the curriculum and that the staff will provide guidance
and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources. Staff will consult the Guidelines for
Instructional Materials contained in Board Policy 6161.1 and will honor the
goals for selection of instructional materials contained therein.
use of telecommunications and electronic information resources will be
permitted upon submission of permission forms and agreement forms by parents
and by students themselves. Regional
networks require agreement by users to acceptable use policies outlining
standards for behavior and communication.
Access to telecommunications
will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin
boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world. The Board believes that the benefits to
students from access in the form of information resources and opportunities for
collaboration, exceed the disadvantages.
But ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for
setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when
using media and information sources. To
that end, the Kearny Schools support and respect each family’s right to decide
whether or not to apply for independent access.
INTERNET SAFETY POLICY
technology and computing resources in the Kearny School District support the instructional
and administrative activities of the school district. These technology and computing resources include all computing
facilities and capabilities, local and wide-area, as well as electronic mail,
web services, video services and access to the Internet.
is appropriate for all users of these resources to behave in a responsible,
ethical and legal manner. In addition
to the Acceptable Use Policy and the guidelines and rules in Policy
6142.10 titled, Telecommunications
Guidelines and Code of Conduct, appropriate use implies respecting the
rights of others and the integrity of the physical facilities. Appropriate use additionally includes
honoring and maintaining the intent and integrity of passwords and other
security measures. Unauthorized
installation, modification or removal of software is not permitted. Games, videos and music not integral to the
educational process are not permitted.
Unauthorized access or attempting to access another’s files or data is
not permitted. Unauthorized access or
use or unauthorized attempted access or use of any computing or technology
equipment or any attempt to “hack” is prohibited.
All computer workstations accessing the Internet
shall have filtering technology. This
is accomplished through the use of a filtering firewall designed to block
obscene images and sites, pornographic sites, inappropriate sites and other
sites harmful to minors. The types of
sites blocked by the filtering firewall include violence, profanity, nudity,
sexual acts, gross depictions, gambling and sites promoting illegal
activities. As needed, additional sites
are added to the filter list to supplement the list of sites filtered by the
firewall. It should be noted that when
the firewall has blocked a site determined to be appropriate, it can be removed
from the firewall’s list of blocked sites.
Filtering technology depends upon constant updates and revisions. Therefore, in addition to manual supplements
to the filter list, the entire firewall filter list is updated on a regular
The use of electronic
mail throughout the district is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy and
the guidelines and rules in Policy 6142.10 titled Telecommunications Guidelines and Code of Conduct. The following guideline should be followed
for all users of electronic mail in this district.
Do not respond via e-mail to an
inappropriate or confrontational e-mail message. If the message is from a student or a student’s parent/guardian,
contact the student’s guidance counselor or the building principal and suggest
a conference with the parent/guardian.
The issues presented in the e-mail message will then be handled in a
traditional manner. If the e-mail
message is not from a student or parent/guardian, you should notify your
supervisor who will help determine the appropriate next step.
GUIDELINES AND CODE OF CONDUCT
are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are
in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications
on the network are often public in nature.
General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with
others. Access to network services is
provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible
manner. Parent permission is
required. Access is a privilege, not a
right. Access entails responsibility.
users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and
communications over those networks. It
is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the
agreements they have signed. Network
storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to
maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system
responsibly. Users should not expect
that files stored on district servers will always be private.
school, teachers will supervise and guide students toward appropriate materials
based on the age of the child and the task.
Outside of school, families bear responsibility for such guidance as
they must also exercise with information sources such as television,
telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.
following are not permitted:
Sending or displaying offensive messages or
! Using obscene language
! Harassing, insulting or attacking
! Damaging computers, computer systems
or computer networks
! Violating copyright laws
! Using others’ passwords
! Trespassing in others’ folders, work
! Intentionally wasting limited
! Employing the network for commercial
or political purposes
1. Violations may result in a loss of access.
2. Additional disciplinary action may be
determined at the building level in line with
existing practice regarding inappropriate
language or behavior.
3. When applicable, law enforcement agencies
may be involved.
Board authorizes the Superintendent to prepare appropriate procedures for
implementing this policy and for reviewing and evaluating its effect on
instruction and student achievement.
Adopted: February 17, 1998
Amended: October 17, 2001
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Acceptable Use Policy
_________________________________ have read and understand the
Telecommunications Guidelines and Code of Conduct as outlined by the KEARNY
BOARD OF EDUCATION and will abide by those rules. I also understand that any inappropriate conduct will be dealt
with as deemed appropriate by the administration
and this may include, but is not restricted to, immediate revocation of
Internet access rights, detention, suspension, or legal prosecution. Neither the administrators of the network,
nor the Kearny Board of Education is responsible for any misconduct or harm
that I commit. I am held fully
responsible for all my actions. In
using the district’s network, I agree to:
the “Telecommunications Guidelines and Code of Conduct” approved by the KEARNY
BOARD OF EDUCATION.
respectful of the rights, the ideas, the information, and the privacy of
send nor solicit information that can be hurtful or harmful to others. This includes discrimination by race,
religion, ethnic origin, sex and sexual orientation. (I understand that this includes the intentional sending or receiving
of sexually explicit material).
solicit nor distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted software.
I am aware of a security problem on the system, I will promptly notify a
teacher or system administrator. I will
not demonstrate the problem to other users.
being the parent/guardian of the above student have read and understand all the
policies outlined in the attached Internet Policy adopted by the KEARNY BOARD
OF EDUCATION. I understand complete
blockage of unauthorized material is not guaranteed and I will not hold the
school or its representatives responsible for the student’s access of
unauthorized material. By signing here,
I give my child permission to access the Internet through his/her school.
Signature of Student___________________________________
Signature of Parent/Guardian
___________________________ Date ___________________