Niles Community Schools strongly promotes the use of
electronic information technologies in educational endeavors. The district provides access to information
resources in a variety of electronic formats, which allows learners to access
resources, communicate in a technologically rich environment, and become
responsible, self-directed, life-long learners.
Niles Community Schools is responsible for the management of
the infrastructure, hardware and software that the district uses to access
information technologies for educational purposes. These responsibilities include:
this Acceptable Use Policy
the rights/responsibilities of members
of member’s accounts on the network(s)
and repairing of network equipment
software that the network will support
resources that support the mission of the school district
training opportunities on the use and application of information
All account holders on the Niles Community Schools Network
will be granted access to services the network offers. The following people may hold accounts:
• Students: Students who are
currently enrolled in the district may be granted a network account upon
agreement to the terms stated in this policy.
and Staff: Staff
members currently employed by the district may be granted a network account
upon agreement to the terms stated in this policy.
• Others: Anyone may request a
special account on the district network.
These requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis, depending on
need and resource availability.
equipment includes, but is not limited to, computers, hardware
peripherals, network infrastructure, disk drives, printers, scanners,
video and audio recorders, cameras, photocopiers, telecommunications,
video, and audio equipment.
includes, but is not limited to, computer software, audio/video media
resources and print/non-print resources.
include but are not limited to, all voice, video and data systems.
The use of district
technology is a privilege, which can be revoked at any time by the district.
All files, programs and other electronic media are the
property of Niles Community Schools.
Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding documents, files,
e-mail or other media stored or created using technology of Niles Community
Schools, and understand that all items may be reviewed at any time without
knowledge or consent of the user.
Checkout of district technology for non-classroom use must
be in accordance with building policy.
Community Schools network members must agree to abide by the following rules:
have appropriate experience or training before using the technology.
individual user is responsible for the reasonable care of technology,
including hardware and software while in their possession or while they
are using it. They will not damage,
deface, or misuse any computers or other technology equipment.
will report any damage or problems with equipment immediately upon
discovery to the building principal.
are expected to have all media scanned for virus, dirt, or other
contamination which might endanger the integrity of district hardware,
software, or networks before they are used in district systems.
are responsible for the security of the technology. Staff and students are not to use or
disclose confidential information except as part of an appropriate
educational use of technology. For
example, passwords are the property of the user and are not to be used by
may not leave their account open or unattended.
use of district technology is defined as use to further instructional
goals and mission of the district.
Only access within the district network, the Internet to retrieve
information to facilitate learning, and outside resources to enhance
educational information exchange is appropriate. Users should consider any use that does
not fall under this definition of appropriate use as being potential
misuse for which a loss of technology use and disciplinary consequences
may occur. For example, students
are not to check e-mail, download song lyrics, etc.
are to use technology during instructional time only for facilitating
learning and enhancing educational information exchange consistent with
the purposes of the school.
are to adhere to the rules established for the use of hardware, software,
labs, and networks in the school or through remote access outside of the
will be considerate of other users.
This includes demonstrating respect for the rights and property of
others and not accessing or misusing files, data, or information of
will make the most efficient use of technology resources to minimize
interference with others.
(Examples: students will not use excessive time on the computer.)
needs the permission of their building administrator to install or
duplicate software or unauthorized files.
may not install or duplicate software or unauthorized files without direct
and specific permission from the supervising teacher.
have the conditional right to sign up for list servs, bulletin boards, web
sites, newsgroups, or on-line services on the Internet that facilitate learning
and enhance educational information only with the approval of the building
accept responsibility for all material received via the Internet under
their account. They accept
responsibility for keeping all pornographic material, inappropriate files,
or files dangerous to the integrity of the school's network, equipment, or
software from entering the school via the Internet or from being
reproduced in visual, digital, or written format.
Community Schools’ staff and students are prohibited from:
the technology for any illegal activity
the technology for private, for profit, or for nonprofit activities, or
for product advertisement
use of technology to disrupt the use of technology by others, to harass or
discriminate against others, or to infiltrate unauthorized computer
- taking electronic/digital
resources, including but not limited to, files, documents, presentations,
pictures, videos or other items created at school or using school
resources and publishing them on any internet resource including forums,
social networking sites, or any other public venue without written
permission from the school administration.
of Inappropriate use of Technology, Computer(s) and the Network
• Any person who does not comply with the
Acceptable Use Policy may lose privileges of use. Repeated or severe infractions of the policy
may result in permanent termination of privileges.
• The building administrator will determine
what is inappropriate use based on this Acceptable Use Policy. Their decision is final. The building administrator may close an
account at any time.
• Users violating any of these rights and
responsibilities may face additional disciplinary action deemed appropriate in
keeping with policies as stated in the student code of conduct, staff handbook
or policies of The Board of Education.
Student School School Building:
____________________ Grade: ________
Member School Building:
City: _____________ State: _____ Zip
Phone: Home: (______) _________________ Work: (______) _________________
signature on this form indicates that you agree to abide by the rules described
in the Niles Community Schools’ Acceptable Use Policy. Please read the Niles Community Schools’
Acceptable Use Policy very carefully before completing and signing this
agreement. After this form is completed
and signed you will be assigned a username & password.
have read and agree to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy of Niles Community
return this form to the school office.