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Digital Citizenship Safety Policy Guidelines
The Lexington Public Schools offer Internet access at each school. The sole purpose of this Internet access is to support education and research by providing students and teachers with access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work. All uses of Lexington’s Internet access (like all other uses of Lexington’s computer facilities) must be in support of and consistent with these educational objectives. All students who use Lexington’s Internet access are expected to read these guidelines and/or to take part in a discussion of the guidelines with a teacher. Adherence to the guidelines is a condition for a student’s privilege of Internet access.
Students’ Individual Responsibility
Internet and World Wide Web
- Grades K-5: Before students in Grades K-5 will be authorized to access the Internet and World Wide Web, they will take part in a discussion of these Guidelines with their teacher.
- Teachers will be asked to sign a statement stating that they have had such discussion with their class.
Internet Access Is a Privilege
Internet access through the Lexington Public Schools is a privilege, not a right. A student’s access may be canceled by school officials if this privilege is abused. Inappropriate conduct on the Lexington Public School Internet access will also be subject to disciplinary action, in conformity with the Lexington Public School Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline (which is published in school handbooks) and the disciplinary policies of individual schools.
Administrators’ Access to Student Files
All student e-mail files and other Internet files and records may be accessed and examined by administrators for educational and administrative purposes, including the need to ensure that these Internet Guidelines are being adhered to. Administrators will also cooperate in providing access to student e-mail and Internet files and records to law enforcement authorities. Students should not assume that uses of the Lexington Public Schools Internet access will be private.
The Internet is accessible to the public. Unfortunately, this includes people who want to make contact with students for inappropriate purposes or under false pretenses. The Lexington Public Schools cannot screen the Internet for such inappropriate uses. Therefore, students must be cautious and prudent about supplying personal information and arranging personal meetings. In particular, students should never arrange a personal meeting with a person who was met online without their parents’ knowledge and approval. Students should promptly inform their teacher or school administrator of any online communication that the student feels is threatening, harassing, or otherwise inappropriate.
System Security and Resource Limits
- Posting private or personal information about another person.
- Attempting to log in through another person’s e-mail account or to access another person’s files.
- Accessing or transmitting obscene or pornographic material.
- Posting chain letters or engaging in “spamming.” (“Spamming” means sending annoying or unnecessary messages to large numbers of people).
- Engaging in sexual harassment. The Lexington Public Schools Sexual Harassment Policy, which is included in the individual schools’ handbooks, is applicable to Internet conduct.
- Participating in any communications that facilitate the illegal sale or use of drugs or alcohol; that facilitate criminal gang activity; that threaten, intimidate, or harass any other person; or that violate any other laws.
- Plagiarism. “Plagiarism” means the taking of material created by others and presenting it as if it were one’s own. The Lexington High School policy on plagiarism/cheating, which is included in the Lexington High School Student/Parent Handbook, is applicable to Lexington High School students’ use of the Internet.
- Infringing copyrights. Copyright infringement occurs when a person inappropriately reproduces or transmits material that is protected by copyright. For example, most software is protected by copyright and may not be copied without the permission of the copyright owner.
- Participating in commercial activities that are not directly related to the educational purposes of the Lexington Public Schools.