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Westlake High School

Conejo Valley Unified School District

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES/INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

OVERVIEW

Electronic communications provide vast, diverse and unique resources.  The educational goal in providing a technologically-rich environment to teachers, staff, and students is to enhance and promote educational excellence through resource sharing, innovation and communication.  Electronic resources provide an alternative mode of finding information in greater depth and at a faster rate than traditional research and communication opportunities afford.

Electronic Resources are defined as information stored on a variety of devices including, but not limited to: computers, compact disks (CD’s), programmable calculators, digital cameras, video play/recording devices, audio play/recording devices, and Internet connections.

The Conejo Valley Unified School District views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as reference materials identified by the schools.  Specifically, the district supports resources that will enhance the learning environment, with direct guidance from the faculty and staff.  Independent exploration and manipulation of resources is also encouraged.  However, access to computers and people all over the world also offers the availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of a high school setting.  The Conejo Valley Unified School District and the staff at Westlake High School cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals, and policies of the high school and district. It is the responsibility of users and their parents or guardians to honor the use restrictions of the district and help enforce appropriate use of electronic resources and Internet access.

GUIDELINES

Internet access is a privilege, not a right.  If a district user violates any of the acceptable use guidelines outlined in this document, future access may be denied.  Some violations may also constitute a criminal offense and may result in legal action.  Any user violating these provisions, applicable state and federal laws, or posted classroom, library and district policies is subject to loss of access privileges and other district disciplinary actions.

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Acceptable Use

Must be in support of education and research consistent with district policy

Must be consistent with the rules appropriate to any network being accessed

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Unacceptable Use

Students may not install any programs on any school computers.

Participating in commercial activities – user may not offer, provide, advertise, or purchase products or services through the network (i.e. stock trading, eBay)

Political lobbying (system may be used to communicate with elected officials)

Downloading media files, programs, games, or music using the library’s computers or playing music, videos, animation or film clips without permission (only class-related activities of this kind will be allowed); installing programs; using, or storing unauthorized programs on any school computer

Sending or receiving electronic mail (e-mail) without permission

Transmitting any material in violation of any local, state, or federal regulation including, but not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret

Transmitting or receiving material that is pornographic, violent, threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs

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