The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School’s (LREI) network and computing facilities are intended to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff. Specifically, we attempt to enhance learning and teaching through access to information, research, interpersonal communication, teacher training, collaboration, and dissemination of successful educational practices, methods, and materials. Computing resources should be viewed as an extension of the school’s physical environment. Their use entails the same privileges, obligations, and responsibilities that come with using any school facility. These general guidelines can be found in the Student Handbook.

Students should understand that files and data stored on school computers or server space are not guaranteed full privacy. LREI reserves the right to read and/or remove any files on the system without prior notification to system users.

Furthermore, it is understood that the scope of this Responsible Use Policy extends to the use of computers outside of the LREI network and to all electronic communication devices used within or outside of the LREI network as such use connects and/or impacts members of the LREI community. Violation of the LREI Responsible Use Policies could result in loss of computing privileges or other disciplinary measures. LREI may also choose to impose disciplinary consequences for usage violations that occur outside of the LREI network that have a direct and negative impact on individual members of the LREI community and/or the larger LREI community.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

As members of the LREI community, students will have access to a broad array of computing resources and equipment including unfiltered internet access. Use of the equipment and resources, online and off, is guided by the same basic expectations of responsible behavior that guide student behavior in other areas of life at school. These guidelines apply as well to personal computers or mobile devices accessing LREI resources, including e-mail and bandwidth. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.

Please remember that the primary purpose of LREI equipment, accounts, and bandwidth is academic. Using computers or the Internet for non-academic purposes (including social networking, gaming, chatting) during the academic day is at the discretion of the faculty and administration. Students are responsible for everything that happens during their sessions and on any equipment assigned to them.

Students are responsible for selecting a password for all LREI applications and software as well as all 1:1 equipment and for keeping that password private. For their own safety and the safety of others, students should not share any personal information, including home address or phone number, or the personal information of others, in public forums.

For more information about social media, privacy, and online etiquette, including best practices and copyright regulations, please speak with any of LREI’s Librarians or Technology Integrators.

UNACCEPTABLE USES

The following behaviors are not permitted:

  • Receiving or transmitting information that contains material that explicitly or implicitly refers to sexual conduct, and is unrelated to class projects;
  • Likewise, receiving or transmitting information that contains profane language or panders to bigotry, sexism, homophobia, or other forms of discrimination or defamation, and is unrelated to class projects;
  • Transmitting or posting abusive or threatening language;
  • Bullying;
  • Using any user ID or password other than your own or allowing anyone else to use your user ID or password;
  • Accessing files or accounts other than your own;
  • Violating any school policy, or any city, state, or federal statute;
  • Using limited bandwidth for downloads or streams not related to academics during the academic day or at other times as requested;
  • Violating copyright or otherwise using the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission and correct acknowledgement.
GENERAL RULES REGARDING USE OF EQUIPMENT

  • School software may not be copied.
  • Use only legal software on school devices, including 1:1 devices,and observe all copyright and license laws.
  • Refrain from engaging in any activity that might be harmful to the school’s systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging files.
  • Do not connect, disconnect, move, or adjust any equipment without the express direction of a faculty member.
CONSENT STATEMENT

By signing this form, the user and her/his parents or guardians acknowledge receipt of this policy and understand that failure to abide by the LREI Responsible Use Policy may result in disciplinary action. The student and her/his parents or guardians should discuss these privileges and responsibilities carefully and should be sure to ask for clarification when needed. Due to the rapidly changing nature of technology, updates to this policy will be posted on the LREI website and any updates will supersede or amend the rules as stated within any printed document. Students and parents or guardians will be asked to sign this policy upon entry into LREI and when transitioning between divisions (5th and 9th grades). The signed agreement will remain in effect until the student has exited LREI or has signed a new copy of the policy. Until a signed copy is on file, students will not have full access to e-mail and server accounts.