MCS Network and Internet Access – Marion Community Schools (MCS) network access is provided to MCS students, employees, volunteers, and university placed students, subject to the terms and conditions found in this document. The purpose of the access is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. Students utilizing MCS networks and Internet access must first have the permission of and be supervised by MCS’s professional staff. MCS does filter Internet access to limit access to material that would violate the terms of this policy, but these technical means are not a foolproof means of enforcing these provisions. Parents and guardians have the option of requesting for their children alternative activities not requiring Internet use. Such a request is to be submitted to the building principal in writing.
Per Federal guidelines, the Corporation recognizes its responsibility to educate students regarding appropriate behavior on social networking and chat room sites and about cyber bullying. Students shall be provided instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking and chat rooms sites and cyber bullying. The Curriculum Department of MCS shall be responsible for executing and insuring that this training takes place during each school year.
Filtering Software - All devices connected to the District’s network, either district owned or personal, will be subject to MCS internet filtering. Attempts to circumvent this filtering may result in disciplinary action.
Devices that contain District data - All devices (district owned or personal) that contain district data must be password protected. District data includes, but not limited to: All student information, Staff information, Student and Staff files, District email, and district financial information.
Privileges - The use of Network/Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges. The Superintendent or designee reserves the right to monitor all activity on the system and to inspect any files, including email, stored on the system. Users of the Network provided by the Marion Community School Corporation shall have no expectation of privacy in the material generated or received as a result of system access through this policy. Use of the MCS Network and provided Internet must be in support of education and research that is consistent with the educational objectives of the Marion Community School Corporation. This applies to all district owned devices as well as any and all personal devices connected to the Corporation’s network.
School Email - All school business should be communicated through the use of school provided email.
Unacceptable Uses - Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:
- Access, upload, download, or distribute defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, illegally discriminatory, or other illegal materials.
- Violation of any local, state, or federal statute, rule, regulation, code, ordinance, or other authority.
- Vandalizing, damage, or tampering with technical equipment.
- Access another person’s materials, information, or files without permission of that person which includes logging in as another person.
- Violate copyright, or otherwise using another person’s intellectual property without his or her prior written approval.
- Violate any district code of conduct.
- Installation of or connection to any software or hardware.
- Use of the Network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the Network by other users; this includes sending “chain” messages.
- Use of the Network for commercial activities, product advertisement, or political lobbying.
- Commit the School Corporation to any unauthorized financial obligation.
- The download of any form of executable files, shareware/freeware programs. This includes, but is not limited to: weather programs, IE toolbars, iTunes (and other such programs), stock tickers, and desktop search programs (ie. Google desktop search).
- Modifying computer systems in any way – including moving computers, without written approval from the building principal and Technology Supervisor.
- Any use not in support of education and/or research consistent with the educational objectives of MCS.
- Excessive personal Internet usage.
Installations - All installations of software and hardware are subject to these requirements. Software or hardware found on MCS computers or networks in violation of this policy will be removed immediately, reported to the building principal and Technology Department.
Software - License requirements regarding the method and number of installations for all software programs will be strictly followed. Software may only be installed on student devices by MCS technology staff, and only under the following conditions:
- License requirements are met.
- Software is approved by a building principal Instructional Services Department, and the Technology Supervisor.
- Original program media and licensing information are kept in the possession of technology department personnel.
Hardware - MCS reserves the right to deny non-MCS hardware and peripherals the ability to connect to MCS computers or network. Approval may be required by the building principal and the Technology Department. This includes, but is not limited to, computers, printers, cameras, routers and wireless access points.
Vandalism - Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, defacing, disassembling, or destroying any part of the computer hardware, software, or software settings, attempting to destroy or harm data. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of viruses. Payment for the repair or replacement of damaged hardware or for services needed to undo software changes may be required of the offender.
Privacy - Users should not expect that any files or messages stored on any school-based computer or network server will be private. The Technology Department, Network Administrator and building principals may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and to ensure that users are acting responsibly.
Network Etiquette - Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Network Etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Do not be abusive in your messages to others.
- Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language.
- Do not reveal your personal home address or phone number, or those of students or colleagues.
- E-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Staff members who maintain the e-mail system have access to all mail.
- Do not use the Network in a way that would disrupt the use of the Network by others.
- Do not send or transmit any message or communication of any kind which contains or implies any threat of harm, violence, or illegal behavior, or which advocates such acts.
Corporation-Provided Mobile Technology -
- Overview: MCS may provide mobile technology (laptops, tablets, iPads) to staff members and/or students to be used at school and off MCS property. The purpose of such mobile technology is to provide opportunities for collaboration within the school corporation and to provide tools to work at home on school-related materials. The corporation-provided mobile technology is not to be considered as personal property. It is corporation-owned property and should be treated accordingly. The following guidelines have been established for use.
- Mobility for moving from room to room, within the building or around MCS schools using the wireless network.
- Professional development/collaboration purposes, and/or school related assignments.
- Use at home for educational productivity.
- Educational Use:
- While at school, staff and students will ensure that the mobile device is always kept secure when not in use.
- Mobile devices can print to the assigned network copier/printer, but are not able to print to any others in the building or district.
- Periodically, the mobile device must remain at school for necessary updates. Advanced notice will be given along with an approximate timeframe for such work. Updates/maintenance may occur during the school year or during summer months as needed.
- Home Use:
- Mobile devices are to be used only by staff or student; other family members may not use the school-owned mobile device.
- If a mobile device has performance issues, then files may need to be erased and the device reformatted. Because of this potential fix, any information saved to the mobile device will be lost unless it has been backed-up to and external memory source.
- Personal files (pictures, videos, music, documents, etc) may be saved to the mobile device, but should be backed up to an external memory device.
- If accessing the Internet from home on the mobile device, filtering is not provided by MCS and is the responsibility of the user.
- The Technology Staff does NOT support home or personal use, including but not limited to: troubleshooting home internet service provider issues, installing personal software, printers, or providing access to non-educational websites.
- Liability: MCS Staff and Students are responsible for maintaining and securing confidential files that may be stored on the mobile device. MCS Staff and Students may be financially responsible for the replacement cost of the mobile device or its accessories if damaged or stolen. MCS is not responsible for damages resulting from the use of the mobile device, which includes, but not limited to: home service interruption, spread of viruses to other personal mobile devices and loss of personal data.
Disciplinary Consequences: Any violation of the aforementioned expectations will result in appropriate disciplinary action – up to and including termination.
Any violation of District policy and rules may result in loss of District-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Marion Community Schools makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays or interruption in service. The District will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on District hard drives or servers; nor for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through District-provided Internet access. The District will not be responsible for personal property. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from District provided access to the Internet.
Staff members accessing the Internet through the Corporation’s computers/network assume personal responsibility and liability, both criminal and civil, for their own unauthorized or inappropriate use of the Internet.
47 U.S.C. Section 254(h)