General User Policy


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Our mission is to educate every student to become a life-long learner, to foster academic, social, emotional and physical development, to nurture an understanding and respect for all people in a multicultural and multiethnic world, and to promote responsible citizenship in a democracy.


The District believes that the benefits to educators and support staff from access to educational technologies, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, far exceed any disadvantages of access.  Technology is more than computers - it is the tools, skills and curriculum required for most effective teaching and learning in our electronic-based information and science-oriented society.


The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers and millions of subscribers throughout the world.  The Franklin Square network also connects students and staff.  The Franklin Square network is capable of providing collaborative areas designed for curriculum and problem-solving in the 21st Century.  The purpose of authorizing employee use of the Internet and the Franklin Square network is to provide students, faculty and support staff access to information resources for instructional and instructional support purposes. The District regards this access as a privilege, not a right.


Use of school district computers for access to the Internet shall be subject to the District’s Internet Safety Policy and Internet Safety Policy Regulations.  Some of the information on the Internet may not be appropriate for student or staff use. Therefore, it is essential for each user to recognize his/her responsibility in having access to vast services, sites, systems and people. In spite of our efforts to establish regulations for the District’s computer use, all concerned must be aware that there may be material or communications on the Internet or other networks that District staff, parents and students would find objectionable and may even be illegal. The District filtering policy may not conform to the social values of every student or their family. The District cannot filter all inappropriate materials and cannot be held responsible for student or staff access to these materials. The user is ultimately responsible for his/her actions in accessing Internet resources. The user is responsible for promptly reporting any inappropriate message or website received on district computers. Just as faculty and other staff are required to follow social codes and behaviors that are acceptable at school, they need to follow the correct procedures and rules for using the educational technologies.


All users (including students, faculty and staff) must follow these guidelines.  Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disciplinary or legal action as well as suspension




and/or revocation of access privileges.





School computers, networks and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the school.  They are to be used for school district purposes.  Incidental personal use of school computers must not interfere with the user’s performance of his or her responsibilities as a faculty/staff member, must not violate any of the rules contained in this guideline and must not damage the school’s hardware, software or computer communications systems.


Educational technologies included in this policy:


·     Scanners

·     Cameras

·     Telephones - phone lines

·     Computers

·     Printers

·     Projectors

·     Writable CD-ROM drives

·     Local area network

·     Wide area network

·     Internet

·     Computer peripherals

·     Other related equipment


Consistent with educational purpose, a user may:


·     Research assigned class related projects

·     Send appropriate electronic mail (e-mail) to other users

·     Explore other computer systems

·     Create material for posting


The things a user must not do include, but are not limited to, the following:

·     Use the district’s computer systems for commercial advertising

·     Infringe on any copyrights or other intellectual property rights, including copying, installing, receiving, transmitting or making available any copyrighted software

·     Use the equipment to receive, transmit or make available to others messages that are racist, sexist, abusive or harassing to others.  Board policies prohibiting sexual harassment also apply to communication on school computer systems

·     Use of district’s computer system to solicit for or announce fund raising events

·     Download or load software applications without permission




·           Create and/or place a computer virus on the network

·     Use the equipment to send anonymous messages or files, or transmit or propagate chain letters

·     Use the equipment to receive, transmit or make available to others messages that

are inconsistent with the school’s code of conduct including but limited to obscene, offensive, or sexually explicit material

·     Use the equipment to request home phone numbers and later make obscene phone calls to those numbers

·     Reveal the personal address, telephone number or other personal information of another person

·     Retransmit or post private messages or other material received from another person

·     Use the equipment to send and/or receive an excessive number of personal messages

·     Intentionally disrupt network traffic or crash the network and connected systems

·     Degrade or disrupt equipment or system performance

·           Use the District computing resources for commercial or financial gain or fraud

·     Steal data, equipment, or intellectual property

·     Gain or seek to gain unauthorized access to any files, resources, or computer or phone systems, or vandalize the data of the District or another user

·     Wastefully use finite resources

·     Possess any data, which might be considered a violation of these rules in paper, magnetic (disks) or any other form



There is NO PRIVACY GUARANTEE for electronic mail (e-mail), home directories or any use of the District equipment.  The District reserves the right to access and view any material stored on District equipment or a material used in conjunction with the District Network.


The contents of all web pages must be approved and developed in accord with the foregoing District guidelines. Any user in violation of these guidelines should be reported to the faculty or staff member’s immediate supervisor. Illegal activities are strictly prohibited. Information pertaining to or implicating illegal or unlawful activity will be reported to the proper authorities. Displaying or transmission of any material in violation of any federal, state and/or local law or regulation is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Users must respect all intellectual and property rights and laws.


In accord with the Copyright Act of 1976, a user may make “fair use” of a copyrighted work for purposes of criticism, comment, new reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.  Students, faculty and staff must always avoid plagiarism.





The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied and assumes no responsibility as to the quality, availability, or reliability of the service it is providing. Users

navigate the Internet and use information at their own risk. The District will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user, including, but not limited to: loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, miss-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or the errors or omissions of any user.

The District also assumes no responsibility for:

(a) the content of any advice or information received by a faculty or staff member from a source outside the District, or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting such advice;

(b) any costs, liability or damages caused by the way the faculty or staff member chooses to use his/her District Network access;

(c) any consequences of service interruptions or changes, even if these disruptions arise from circumstances under the control of the District.


By signing this Consent and Waiver Form the user agrees to abide by the restrictions outlined in this guideline. I have read and fully understand this guideline and agree to abide by its terms.


The specific conditions and services being offered may change from time to time. Further, a user should be aware that the District does not have control of the information on the Internet, nor can it provide barriers to users accessing the full range of information that is available.


The Computer/Internet user is held responsible for his/her actions and activity within his/her account. Unacceptable uses of the network may result in disciplinary action as well as the suspension or revocation of access privileges, and/or legal action. Users are responsible for safeguarding passwords, classified and/or confidential material (i.e. student records) and will be held accountable for the consequences of intentional disclosure of same.



















I understand that the Franklin Square Union Free School District makes no warranties with respect to the Computer/Internet service. I further understand that there is no expectation of privacy in any e-mail or any other use of the District computers.


In consideration for the privilege of using the Franklin Square UFSD Computer Network and equipment, on behalf of myself, I hereby release and discharge the Franklin Square Union Free School District, and its respective officers, employees and agents, from any and all claims and liabilities arising out of or resulting from any use, operation, or inability to use the District computers.  I agree to be responsible for damages caused by any intentional misuse of equipment, and to be subject to the disciplinary action for violation of this Policy.


Any questions about this guideline should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.





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Reviewed/Adopted:  December 3, 2008