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Acceptable Use Policy

San Diego County Office of Education / Momentum Learning

Student Acceptable Use Policy for use of all Electronic Information Resources

Introduction:

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)/Momentum Learning (formerly known as Juvenile Court and Community Schools, or JCCS) is providing electronic resources to students including access to the school Local Area Network, SDCOE/JCCS Wide Area Network, and Internet services through the SDCOE/JCCS network. The goal of the San Diego County Office of Education is to promote educational excellence by providing these electronic resources. The intent of the SDCOE/JCCS is for students to use these connections for purposes consistent with the SDCOE/Momentum Learning approved curriculum.

                                *Please also reference SDCOE Administrative Regulation AR6163 "Student Use of Technology"

Conditions of Acceptable Use Policies:

No students will be allowed to access these electronic resources including the Internet unless the student and a responsible parent/guardian sign and submit the SDCOE/JCCS Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to the designated program administrator. The combined signatures at the end of this document indicate that student and parent/guardian have read and understand the terms and conditions of appropriate use and agree to abide by them.

Access and Security:

Some uses of the SDCOE/Momentum Learning electronic resources may require an individual account with username and password. Students identified as a security risk may be denied access to these resources. Sharing username and password information with others or accessing another user's files without his/her knowledge or permission or under the direction of a teacher/supervisor will result in access being revoked or suspended. In addition, inappropriate use of these electronic resources may result in disciplinary action (including the possibility of suspension or expulsion), and/or referral to legal authorities.

Internet Safety:

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), SDCOE/Momentum Learning will implement filtering and/or blocking software or hardware to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene illustrations, or other materials harmful to minors less than 18 years of age. However, no filtering is foolproof and there is still the risk a student may be exposed to unacceptable content. If a student accidentally connects to such a site, they should contact his/her teacher/supervisor immediately. If a student sees another user accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher/supervisor immediately.

Cybersafety / Cyberbullying:

Students should be aware of online safety rules including protecting yourself and others from online predators. Students should not give out personal or identifiable information about themselves or others. Students need to be aware that there are online predators on the internet disguising themselves to gather personal and identifiable information to do harm to you and others. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated (See: Student Obligations and Responsibilities item #4) and may result in disciplinary/legal actions.

Acceptable Use:

Acceptable use means that a student uses these resources in an appropriate manner, abiding by the rules and regulations described in this agreement and avoiding all unacceptable uses of these electronic resources as described below.

Unacceptable Use and Potential Consequences:

Unacceptable use of SDCOE/Momentum Learning technological resources are outlined in the following section (Student Obligations and Responsibilities). Student use of SDCOE technological resources may be terminated, denied, suspended or revoked at any time.  Disciplinary and/or legal action may be pursued in the event of violation of any conditions of applicable law, Board policy, administrative regulation, or the Student Acceptable Use Policy.

Cell Phones and other electronic gear:

Cell phones and other electronic devices must not disrupt the education goals of SDCOE/Momentum Learning. Use of these devices during scheduled class time is prohibited. Momentum Learning acknowledges the need for students and families to communicate with cell phones. Cell phone and other electronic device use during breaks and lunchtime is at the discretion of the classroom teacher and must align with established classroom rules and procedures.

SDCOE/Momentum Learning assumes no liability for cell phone and other electronic devices that may be confiscated (due to violation of SDCOE/Momentum Learning policies) or lost or stolen from the classroom.

Student Obligations and Responsibilities

Students are authorized to use technological resources of the San Diego County Office of Education in accordance with user obligations and responsibilities specified below. In effect, students may not violate any Federal, State or local laws or use the SDCOE/JCCS network for any illegal activity, including the unlawful use of copyrighted works, plagiarism and unlawful downloading of files. Specifically:

1.     Students shall not disclose, use, distribute, publish, e-mail, hyperlink, or make available for downloading personal identifying information about themselves or anyone else when using electronic mail, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication.  Personal identifying information includes, but is not limited to, digital images, full names, personal account access information, home addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and other individually identifiable information.

2.     Students shall not use technological resources for commercial or other for-profit activities, political purposes, or personal use unrelated to an educational purpose. 

3.     Students are prohibited from accessing, downloading, posting, transmitting, publishing or displaying harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of any member of a group protected by state or federal law.

Harmful matter as defined by Penal Code section 313(a) means matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest, and is matter which, taken as a whole, depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct and which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

4.     Students shall not use technological resources to participate in cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is defined as intentional harm inflicted through electronic media and includes, but is not limited to, the sending or posting on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies harassing messages, direct threats, socially cruel, intimidating, terrorizing, or otherwise harmful text or images, as well as breaking into another person's account and assuming that person's identity for harmful purposes.

5.     Students shall not use technological resources to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or to promote or participate in unethical practices, such as cheating and plagiarism, or conduct any activity prohibited by law, Board policy, or administrative regulation.

6.     Students shall not use technological resources to post, transmit, or publish copyrighted material, including multimedia and software without appropriate permission or user license.  Students may download copyrighted material for their own academic use only as permitted by copyright laws.

7.     Students shall not knowingly access and without permission read, delete, copy, or modify other users' electronic files or mail messages; interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic content; or forge or fraudulently use other users' electronic files or mail.

8.     Students shall not damage or take any equipment or use technological resources to commit acts of vandalism. 

Any damage to or theft of SDCOE/Momentum Learning equipment can lead to financial or criminal charges. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, hacking, intentionally uploading, downloading, transferring, or creating computer viruses and/or any malicious use of SDCOE technology equipment. Also included are any actions that attempt to harm or destroy equipment or materials, whether paper, microform or electronically based, or data in any form of any other user. Public offenses related to computer crime are further defined in Penal Code section 502.

9.     Students shall not purposefully disable or circumvent any technology protection measure installed on SDCOE technological resources.

Students shall report alleged violations of the student obligations and responsibilities specified above, the applicable acceptable use policy, and any other misuse of technological resources to a member of the instructional staff, a supervising adult, or a designated SDCOE employee.

Privacy and Monitoring Policy:

The students of the SDCOE/JCCS network must be aware that information accessed, created, sent, received or stored on the SDCOE/JCCS Network or it's school sites are the property of SDCOE/Momentum Learning. Account users do not have any right to or expectation of privacy regarding such materials. SDCOE/Momentum Learning reserves the right to monitor all traffic on the SDCOE/JCCS network.