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Local District Superintendents
SUBJECT:

BULLETIN NO. K-19 (Rev.)

Local District School
Support Directors
  ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)
FOR THE INTERNET

Administrators
Technology Coordinators
Instr. Tech. Applications
Facilitators
DATE: March 15, 2002  
DIVISION: Information Technology  
APPROVED: MARGARET A. KLEE, Chief Information Officer
JAMES KONANTZ, Assistant Superintendent
 

For further information, please call the LAUSDnet Unit, at (213) 241-1212. This revision replaces the bulletin of the same number and subject dated February 28, 2002. Language in Attachment E (Site Agreement) has been revised to more accurately define the agreement. The content has been updated to reflect changes in federal law specific to Internet use in schools.

I. BACKGROUND

On January 8, 2002, the LAUSD Board of Education established Board Rule 1254 as the Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act. All connections to the Internet by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students or employees are subject to the LAUSD's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). This bulletin will undergo annual review to ensure that it reflects current laws and regulations.

II. PROCEDURES

Users of District networks or the Internet must adhere to:
Attachment A (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY). Site administrators must use the appropriate attachments to certify the District's Acceptable Use Policy has been distributed and signed by their staff, students, and parents/guardians.

Attachment B (EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT) is required of all employees of the LAUSD using a District computer network or Internet access.
Attachment C (STUDENT AGREEMENT) is required of all students of the LAUSD using a District computer network or Internet access.

Attachment D (PARENT OR GUARDIAN AGREEMENT) is required of all Parent or Guardians of the LAUSD having children in LAUSD programs using a District computer network or Internet access.

Attachment E (SITE AGREEMENT) is required of all schools and offices.

Attachment F (STUDENT INTERNET TEST) is required of all students of the LAUSD using a District computer network or Internet access.

Please use the appropriate attachments and follow the procedures on each attachment for submittal or local filing.

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP) FOR THE INTERNET
(This Acceptable Use Policy replaces Bulletin No. K-19 (Rev.) dated August 20, 1999)

Reasons for this Policy
The Los Angeles Unified School District ("School District") is providing computer network and Internet access for its students and employees. This service allows employees and students to share information, learn new concepts, research diverse subjects, and create and maintain school-based websites.

The School District has adopted this Acceptable Use Policy ("Policy") to set guidelines for accessing the computer network or the Internet service provided by the School District. Every year, students and employees who want computer network and Internet access for that upcoming school year need to sign and submit this Policy to the School District. Students who are under 18 also must have their parents or guardians sign this Policy. By signing this agreement, the student, employee, and parent or guardian agree to follow the rules set forth in this Policy and to report any misuse of the computer network or the Internet to a teacher or supervisor. Parties agreeing to this policy also understand the School District may revise the Internet Acceptable Use Policy as it deems necessary. The School District will provide notice of any changes either by posting such a revised version of the Policy on its website or by providing written notice to the students, employees and parents or guardians.

To obtain free computer network and Internet access, students also must successfully complete the Student Internet Test and follow any school procedures developed at the school site. Each student or employee who qualifies may access the computer network or Internet. This Acceptable Use Policy must accompany any request for a LAUSDnet account (which provides district email and dial-up access) and is also required for access to any LAUSD network and LAUSD dial-up service. The student or employee is required to change the password the first time he or she uses the Account and routinely thereafter.

The Account may only be used during the time the user is a student or employee of the School District. Anyone who receives an Account is responsible for making sure it is used properly.

Acceptable Uses of the Computer Network or the Internet

The Account provided by the School District should be used only for educational or professional purposes. Staff may use the Internet for personal use only if such use is incidental and occurs during their duty-free time.

If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use of the computer network or the Internet is appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher or supervisor.

Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or the Internet. The following uses of the Account provided by the School District are unacceptable:

Internet Safety

Privacy Policy

The System Administrator has the authority to monitor all Accounts, including e-mail and other materials transmitted or received via the Accounts. All such materials are the property of the School District. Account users do not have any right to or expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

Storage Capacity

To ensure that Account users remain within the allocated disk space, users with email accounts should check their email frequently and delete unwanted messages and other files or data that take up excessive storage space. The system administrator will also routinely delete messages from Account users' inbound and outbound log files, messages saved to the archive folders on the system, and messages posted to the School District's web site.

Penalties for Improper Use

The use of the Account is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the restriction or cancellation of the Account. Inappropriate use may lead to any disciplinary and/or legal action, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion or dismissal from employment from the School District, or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The School District will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to meet the specific concerns related to each violation.

Disclaimer

  • The School District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from the unauthorized use of the Accounts. The School District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the Account.
  • Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the School District, its affiliates, or employees.
  • Account users are responsible for any losses sustained by the School District or its affiliates, resulting from the Account users' intentional misuse of the Accounts.

For further information, please call the LAUSDnet Unit at (213)241-1212.

EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT
All active employees must read and sign below.

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the provisions of the attached Acceptable Use Policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District ("School District").

I understand and agree in the event a third party makes a claim against the School District as a result of my use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District, the School District reserves its right to respond to such a claim as it sees fit and to hold all offending parties, including myself, responsible.

I release the School District, its affiliates, and its employees from any claims or damages of any nature arising from my access or use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District. I am responsible for toll charges (if any) as a result of using LAUSDnet services. I also agree not to hold the School District responsible for materials improperly acquired on the system or for violations of copyright restrictions, user's mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by users.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States and the State of California.

Employee Name......................................................Employee No..................................
Employee Signature...............................................................Date..................................

This form is to be kept at the school or office and kept on file by the school site administrator. It is required for all employees that will be using a computer network and/or Internet access. It is to be renewed each year prior to any computer network or Internet usage.

STUDENT AGREEMENT
All active students, regardless of age, must read and sign below.

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the provisions of the attached Acceptable Use Policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District ("School District").

I understand and agree in the event that a third party makes a claim against the School District as a result of my use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District, the School District reserves its right to respond to such a claim as it sees fit and to hold all offending parties, including myself, responsible.

I release the School District, its affiliates, and its employees from any claims or damages of any nature arising from my access or use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District. I am responsible for toll charges (if any) as a result of using LAUSDnet services. I also agree not to hold the School District responsible for materials improperly acquired on the system or for violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by users.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States and the State of California.

School................................................................... Location Code.................................
Student Name................................... 10 Digit Student ID Number.................................
Student Signature.................................................................. Date..................................
The student completed the Student Internet Test on the following date:.............................
Name of Teacher-Sponsor (for Student Users)................................................................

This form is to be kept at the school site and kept on file by the classroom teacher or school site administrator. It is required for all students that will be using a computer network and/or Internet access. It is to be renewed each year prior to any computer network or Internet usage.

PARENT OR GUARDIAN AGREEMENT
All parents or legal guardians of students under 18 must read and sign below.

As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read, understand, and agree my child or dependent must comply with the provisions of the attached Acceptable Use Policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District ("School District"). I give full permission to the School District to give my child or dependent access to a LAUSDnet Account and to the LAUSDnet system.

I accept full responsibility for the supervision of my child or dependent's use of his/her LAUSDnet Account and the Internet at home or while not in a school setting. I understand and agree in the event a third party makes a claim against the School District as a result of my child or dependent's use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District, the School District reserves its right to respond to such a claim as it sees fit and to hold all offending parties, including my child or dependent, responsible.

I release the School District, its affiliates, and its employees from any claims or damages of any nature arising from my child or dependent's access or use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District. I am responsible for toll charges (if any) as a result of using LAUSDnet services. I also agree not to hold the School District responsible for materials improperly acquired on the system, or for violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by users.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States and the State of California.

School...........................................................................................................................
Name of Student............................................................................................................
Parent/Legal Guardian Name..........................................................................................
Parent/Legal Guardian Signature.............................................. Date...............................

This form is to be kept at the school site and kept on file by the classroom teacher or school site administrator. It is required for all students that will be using a computer network and/or Internet access. It is to be renewed each year prior to any computer network or Internet usage.

SITE AGREEMENT
All school site administrators providing access to students and employees must sign below.

As the site administrator, I have read, understand, and agree the employees I supervise and the students at my location have submitted the signed appropriate agreement (STUDENT AGREEMENT, PARENT AGREEMENT, or EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT) and they are on file at my site. I understand these procedures must be updated annually and must be kept on file at my location.

I understand and agree in the event that a third party makes a claim against the School District as a result of my use of the computer network or the Internet provided by the School District, the School District reserves its right to respond to such a claim as it sees fit and to hold all offending parties, including myself, responsible.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States and the State of California.

Date...........................................................................
School Site .................................................Location Code...........................................
Principal/Site Administrator............................................................................................
Principal’s Signature.......................................................................................................
School Telephone Number...................................School Fax Number...........................

This form is to be submitted to the LAUSDnet Unit and a copy kept on file by the school site administrator. It is required for all district locations that use computer network and/or Internet access. It is to be renewed each year prior to any computer network or Internet usage.

This SITE AGREEMENT may be FAXed to the LAUSDnet Unit at 213 241-8970 or sent via school mail to Administrative Offices Beaudry Building, LAUSDnet Unit, 22nd Floor 149-3.

STUDENT INTERNET TEST

Note: If a student is unable to read the Internet Test, a teacher may assist by reading the questions and marking the answers. This "test" is a tool to teach Internet etiquette, NOT a test to exclude anyone. If a student does not pass the test, the issues should be discussed and the test given again
Multiple Choice: (circle the correct answer)

  1. A student or teacher may use his or her LAUSDnet account to
    1. sell something
    2. hack other systems on the internet
    3. do research for a class project
    4. illegally download software
    5. harm another individual
  2. Sharing passwords is
    1. strictly prohibited
    2. acceptable among your closest friends
    3. acceptable among fellow students working on a class project
    4. always a good idea
    5. allowed if you change your password frequently
  3. Deleting unwanted files and emails from your LAUSDnet account is
    1. recommended but not necessary
    2. not an issue because there is unlimited disk space
    3. required because disk space is limited
    4. only done when my teacher asks me to
    5. never done
  4. If you think that someone is using your password, you should
    1. change your password
    2. notify your teacher
    3. notify abuse@lausd.k12.ca.us
    4. not worry about it
    5. 1, 2, and 3
  5. When using e-mail, you
    1. may send offensive letters
    2. may send e-mail to people you do not know
    3. may never know who is reading your mail
    4. must follow the Acceptable Use Policy
    5. 3 and 4
  6. If you need help
    1. ask your technology teacher
    2. look for help on the Internet
    3. ask your teacher
    4. all of the above
    5. none of the above
  7. If I violate the Acceptable Use Policy, I could
    1. be required to attend disciplinary meeting at my school with my parents
    2. lose my LAUSDnet account
    3. be suspended from school
    4. face possible arrest and prosecution
    5. all of the above

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