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THE INTERNET VIA SEYMOUR SCHOOLS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR STUDENT USEP.1

Seymour Community Schools has historically pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students and staff.  The INTERNET is part of the information superhighway coordinating a complex alliance of agencies, regional, state and national networks and commercial organizations.  We believe this computer technology will help launch today’s schools into the information age by allowing students and staff to access and use information to significantly expand their knowledge base.  To ensure the smooth operation of the network, users must adhere to established guidelines regarding proper conduct, efficient, ethical and legal usage.  The signatures at the end of this document are legally binding.  Signing this document indicates that you have read and agree to abide by its terms and conditions.

------------PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING--------

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting.  On a global network it is impossible to control access to all materials -in fact, an industrious user may discover controversial information.  While we discourage access to such material, and even though we will employ a blocking system, there may be times that a student gains access to material not designed for educational purposes.

Acceptable Use- The use of each student account must be in support of education and research and consistent with Seymour Schools’ philosophies, board policies and educational objectives.  Use of other organization’s networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for each network. Transmissions that violate any district, state, or U.S. regulations are prohibited. These transmissions include, material or material protected by trade secret.  Use of the INTERNET for commercial activities, product advertisement, or political lobbying is prohibited.

Privileges - The use of the INTERNET is a privilege, not a right and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.  Students must have permission from their parent or legal guardian to access the system.  That permitted use will be placed in 2 categories:  (1) Unlimited use, or (2) Restricted use- only under the supervision of a teacher or staff member.  Laminated, color-coded, use cards will be issued to students upon the receipt of the parental permission form.  Conditions for the use of the card will be printed on it, and will read as follows.  The holder of this card has access to the INTERNET.  This card must be visible and placed on the top of the computer when the user is accessing the system. No student, other than the holder, whose name appears on the card, may use the card.  The user must have the proper color coded card to have ‘unlimited use" privileges.  Any violation of these conditions will result in immediate loss of card and future privileges for a period of time determined by board policy--This policy will be administered by the Principal."

Netiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not necessarily restricted to:

 . Be polite and considerate.  Don’t become abusive in messages to others

 . Use appropriate language.  Do not swear, use vulgarities or obscenities.

 . Do not reveal your personal phone number or home address, or those of other students or staff.

 . Note that e-mail is not guaranteed to be private.  The administration reserves the right to examine any electronic mail that may be transmitted by the student or to the student.

 . Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.  This includes such instances as threats, harassment or fraud

 . Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt its use by others.

 . All communications and information that you may access should be assumed to be private property

 . Respect the intellectual property of others by always crediting sources and respecting copyright laws.

Internet use—conditions

No Warranties - Seymour Schools make no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or applied for the information or services provided through the INTERNET.  This might include any loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused  by its own negligence or your errors or omissions.  Use of any information obtained from the network is at the student’s own risk and it becomes their responsibility to determine its validity and accuracy.

Security - Security on any computer system is a priority, especially when the system involves many users.  Students may not use the account of another user.  Students may not use the account of another user.  Attempts to log in to the INTERNET as a system administrator will result in the cancellation of user privileges.  Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the Seymour School District computer resources.  If you feel you can identify a security problem on the  INTERNET, please notify a staff member

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