we strive to provide the best possible learning
experience. As part of this we provide access to computers and
the internet to reinforce and enhance learning. With the use of
this resource, there are certain policies which are to be
adhered to by everyone. We follow the Avalon East School
District Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy as approved
on November 25, 2002
This policy includes the following sections:
• Statement of
• Penalties for
Contravention of Any of the Procedures
(This policy in its entirety can found
on the Avalon East School District
The policy is as follows:
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Avalon East School District, through its
schools, is pleased to offer access to computer networks and the
Internet. To ensure that these networks function smoothly all
users must adhere to strict guidelines. In general, these
guidelines require efficient, ethical and legal utilization of
the schools’ network resources. Without exception, the following
expectations apply equally to students, teachers, work term
students, and any other person receiving a computer account or
Internet account through the School’s computer network.
The District believes that, where possible,
schools should provide access to current information
technologies so as to prepare their students for the world they
will enter after leaving school. Students should be able to
select from a variety of information sources, including the
Internet, to support and extend the intended learning outcomes
described in the various curriculum
documents. Access and use of the Internet will allow students to
obtain information from local, national, and international
sources. Such access will also allow for collaboration with
peers and experts to solve various curriculum-related problems
and issues. Such collaboration and skills form the basis for
success in the information age.
Computer networks have been established for
the enrichment of learning in the school. These networks provide
students with the opportunity to prepare for the technological
world in which we live, and provide access to online resources
enabling integration in all areas of learning. The Avalon East
School District is pleased to offer this access to our students
and teachers. We believe the online materials, which are
accessed through the Internet, offer a vast, diverse, and unique
set of resources. It is our belief that this service will
promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating the
sharing of resources as well as innovation and communication in
the teaching/learning process.
In addition to the vast educational resource
base that may be accessed through the Internet, there exists
material that may not be considered of educational value in the
context of the school setting. Some of this material may be
pornographic, racist, or in other ways offensive. The Avalon
East School District firmly believes that the value of the
information and the interactions
available on this world-wide network far outweighs the
possibility that users may access material that is not
consistent with the educational goals of the District. Access to
the Internet is coordinated through a complex association of
government, educational, and private agencies as well as
regional and provincial networks. The smooth operation of this
network relies upon the proper conduct of the various users who
must adhere to strict guidelines. The policy described below
will address acceptable use standards for students, and
responsibilities of the Board, School, and Individual teachers
to prevent misuse of these networks. These guidelines are
provided here so you are aware of the responsibilities you have
when using the computer
networks of the Avalon East School District to access the
Internet. The signatures required for the User Agreements are
legally binding and indicate that the parties who have signed
have read the terms and conditions, understand their
significance, and agree to abide by these terms and conditions
as outlined herein. It is also understood that if a user
violates any of the provisions of this policy, his/her access to
the network and/or Internet will be terminated, and other
disciplinary and/or legal actions may result. The issue of
hacking is one that is covered in the Criminal Code of Canada,
and thus for the student's own safety they should be made aware
of these laws and consequences for failing to comply with them.
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Prior to issuing access to students, each school, which offers
Internet access to their students, will clearly communicate with
students and parents the purposes, benefits, and risks
associated with the use of Internet resources.
The Principal shall designate staff to manage the Local Area
Network and Internet account granting (Network Administrator).
Before a student is issued an Internet access account, the
sponsoring teacher will ensure they have read and understood the
responsibilities and requirements as delineated in this policy
as well as the dangers associated with providing personal
information to other Internet users.
At least once each calendar year, the Principal shall invite
parents to a presentation and demonstration of the Internet, its
capabilities and associated risks.
The Principal and/or Network Administrator shall ensure all
staff are provided with information relating to the benefits and
risks associated with using the Internet for educational
purposes. Teachers shall provide this information to their
students as part of their orientation process.
The Principal shall facilitate staff development related to
Internet access and curriculum use.
The Principal or Network Administrator shall ensure all User
Agreements are signed by the student’s parents or guardians and
kept on file at the school.
It is strongly recommended that schools refrain from the use of
student names and pictures in school web pages. Where student
pictures are to be used, it is the responsibility of the school
to obtain permission, in writing, from the student’s parents or
guardians. Schools are not to post any student bibliographic
information to the Internet.
The Avalon East School District, its schools and agents, have
the right, but not the obligation, to monitor all computer use
(both student and adult use) to ensure compliance with the
regulations and expectations set forth in this policy. See
“Privacy” section at end of policy statement for further
All computer and Internet accounts may be examined without
notice to the account holder to ensure compliance with this
All electronic mail (e-mail), both outgoing and incoming, may be
examined at any time by the School/Network Administrator to
ensure compliance with this policy. Students with ClassAct
accounts must abide by the ClassAct Terms of Services (see
No student shall have access to the Internet unless supervised
by a teacher or other designated adult.
Students in Primary and Elementary School shall not be permitted
to conduct Internet searches unless a teacher or other
designated adult is monitoring directly. Primary and Elementary
students shall only access the Internet through “book marked”
sites that have been examined and approved by their teachers.
In the case of student violation of the rules, regulations or
expectations outlined in this policy, the Network Administrator,
in consultation with the school Administration and other faculty
members will decide upon the appropriate action/sanction. In the
case of an adult user violation of the rules, regulations, or
expectations outlined in this policy, the Network Administrator
will immediately inform the Principal. The Principal, in
consultation with School District personnel, will decide upon
the appropriate action/sanction.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and
inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this
The School Administration and Network Administrator will
determine what is inappropriate use and their decision is final.
The Network Administrator may close an account at any time as
The school administration, faculty, and staff may request the
Network Administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user
accounts for reasons deemed necessary.
The use of all Internet access accounts must be in support of
education and research and be consistent with the educational
objectives of the Avalon East School District and its schools.
In the case of teachers and other professional staff, use of an
Internet access account may also reflect STEM~Net’s Acceptable
Use Policy (see Appendix F). Any unacceptable use will result in
termination of the user’s account as well as access to the
network/Internet. Depending on the nature of the offence,
further action, including, but not limited to, notification of
the police, may occur.
Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to
(a) Access to sites which contain information that is
pornographic, racist, sexist, malicious, vulgar, immoral, or
promotes or fosters hatred or illegal activities or which is
prohibited by the School / Network Administrator;
(b) Use of the computer network for commercial or financial
(c) Playing computer-based/web-based games unless specifically
approved by the School;
(d) Using IRC (Internet Relay Chat) or unauthorized chat rooms;
(e) Using ICQ or other instant messaging programs unless
specifically approved by the School;
(f) Subscribing to inappropriate news groups or accessing
inappropriate BBB’s (Bulletin Board Services);
(g) Sending trivial or excessive messages such as electronic
(h) Downloading of excessively large files unless specifically
approved by the Network Administrator.
Any student who accidentally accesses a prohibited site shall
immediately exit the site and notify their teacher or the
Transmission or use of any material that is in violation of
Canadian or Provincial laws, or of School, or School District
Policy is prohibited and will be reported to the appropriate
school or law enforcement authorities.
Use or transmission of inappropriate material constitutes
grounds for termination of all computer and Internet accounts.
Inappropriate transmissions include, but are not limited to,
(a) Unauthorized copying, reproduction, downloading, use or
transmission of files, programs, data, documents or information
protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or by licensing
agreements, user agreements, or similar contracts (This includes
the downloading of illegal MP3 files and the duplicating or
burning of CDs);
(b) The downloading, copying, reproduction, or transmission of
threatening or obscene materials or materials demonstrating
antisocial behaviors or activities;
(c) The transmission of materials associated with commercial
(d) The transmission of materials/messages relating to or in
support of illegal activities; and
(e) The use or transmission of materials used for political
Language in email is to be of the same standard as other forms
of communication within the school setting. Therefore, use of
profane, harassing, or otherwise inappropriate language is
Use of anonymous email sites or any other method of disguising
source of electronic communication is forbidden.
Account holders shall not post or transmit information that
would reveal personal information about themselves or others
(for example addresses, telephone numbers, or pictures).
All account holders shall make security of the network a
The individual account holder in whose name a system account is
issued is responsible at all times for its proper use and will
be held accountable for any misuse.
If an account holder’s password is known to anyone else, or if
there is reason to suspect that someone has access to their
password, the student should inform the Network Administrator
and change their current password.
Use of accounts by anyone other than the registered account
owner is prohibited. If someone other than the registered user
is using an account, both the unauthorised user and the
registered owner will have computer privileges suspended or
Users shall ensure they have logged off before leaving a
To "hack", to "crack", to access or attempt to access ANY
computer, network, or resource files or data for which the
account holder does not have authorization is strictly
prohibited and will lead to immediate and permanent revocation
of computer privileges. All incidences of such activity are to
be reported to District Information Technology personnel. Please
refer to the District Network Security Policy.
It is the user’s responsibility to keep programs of a viral
nature off any school computer. The user will be held
accountable for any deliberate attempts at knowingly installing
and/or running a computer virus on the school’s computer
No student is permitted to download any software programs
without the express permission of the supervising teacher or
No student is permitted to install any downloaded programs
without the express permission of the supervising teacher and
No user shall interfere with the functioning of the school’s
Local Area Network and/or related systems.
An account holder who has knowledge of a violation to this
regulation must report this to the Network Administrator.
Violation of this expectation will result in immediate and
permanent revocation of computer privileges.
1001.7.B Any account holder who feels they can
identify a security problem on the school’s network must notify
the Network Administrator immediately. Under no circumstances
should the account holder demonstrate the problem to other
No use of the Internet or School’s Local Area Network shall
serve to disrupt the use of the Internet or School’s Local Area
Network by others. Hardware and software shall not be destroyed,
modified, or abused in any way.
Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of
problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the
school’s computer network and/or the Internet.
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PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENTION OF ANY
OF THE PROCEDURES
Depending upon the specific situation, the
penalty for contravention of any of the above procedures will
range from revocation of any or all computer privileges, and/or
other disciplinary action including expulsion and/or criminal
prosecution. Specifically, penalties may include, but not be
limited to, the following:
2. Suspension of computer and/or Internet privileges;
3. Termination of computer and/or Internet privileges;
4. Expulsion from a computer course or computer/Internet aspect
5. Disciplinary action by the school including suspension and/or
6. Criminal prosecutions under the Canadian Criminal Code or
7. Civil actions where appropriate (e.g. intentional damage to
the computer network, computer hardware, software, etc).
In the case of School District employees
(Central Office Staff, Teachers, Administrators, Student
Assistants, Support Staff, etc), sanctions, including
termination of employment contract may also occur. All users of
the School’s Computer Network and Internet System are bound by
the rules; procedures; and/or expectations outlined in this
policy and are subject to the penalties/sanctions outlined
Though the School District and its agents
respect everyone’s right to privacy, it must be understood that
expectations of privacy are limited within the school setting.
Students, teachers, and other computer account holders should
view storage space on computer networks as analogous to physical
storage space in student lockers and other school property. The
account holder does not “own” the storage space; the school is
providing this space for the convenience of the account holders.
As a result, the School District and its agents or
representatives have the right to conduct random searches of all
”computer accounts” to ensure compliance with the rules,
regulations, and expectations set forth in this policy.
Furthermore, account holders should be aware that the school
computer network has software that creates regular backup files
of all data and information contained in user accounts. These
“backup” files may also be examined to ensure compliance with
the rules, regulations, and expectations set forth in this
policy. In the case of legal issues, these backup files will be
made available to the appropriate authorities.
Although this policy has been carefully
drafted and reviewed, the School District assumes no liability
for any errors, omissions or misinformation. The School District
makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for
the service that is provided. The School District shall not be
responsible for any damages suffered by the account holder,
including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from
delays, non-deliveries, misplaced deliveries, or service
interruptions,whether caused by negligence or otherwise of the
School and/or School District, by the errors or omissions of the
account holder, or by third parties. The School District makes
no guarantees of complete privacy. The School Board expressly
denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the
information obtained via the Internet, and use of any
information so obtained by the account holder is at the sole
risk of the account holder.
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