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					Ellenvale Junior High School – HALIFAX REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD
                           Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
INTRODUCTION

The Internet is a global computer network that offers a vast wealth of resources. Students can use the Internet to ask
questions and consult with experts, to locate materials for their educational needs, and to communicate with others. As
information on the Internet appears, disappears, and changes, it is difficult to predict and control what students may locate
and have access to. Be forewarned that users may encounter information that is inaccurate, controversial, or potentially
harmful.

School staff and administration do not permit or condone the use of inappropriate material in school, regardless of its
format. Since access to information on the Internet is difficult to restrict, parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss
this acceptable use policy with their son or daughter.

To ensure that the student body as a whole can benefit from the school’s Internet resources, students are expected to
adhere to the following guidelines:


1.       ACCEPTABLE USE

        The purpose of the Internet in schools is to facilitate communication in support of research and education. To
         remain eligible as an Internet user, the Internet must be used in support of the educational objectives of the School
         Board.
        The computing facilities and equipment is intended for school-related purposes only. Therefore, the use of
         computing facilities for other purposes including illegal activities such violation of copyright or other laws is
         prohibited.
        Only authorized users may have access to the school’s computers and network. This authorization only comes
         from the network administrator or other administrators. Students are not permitted to use another student’s
         account.
        Personal information should not be posted in the public domain (i.e. address, phone numbers, etc.)
        Each student is given 30 print credits at the beginning of the school year. This allows the user to print 30 sheets of
         paper. Printing credits may be refreshed during the school year when approved by the network administrator.

2.       SECURITY ISSUES

        Respect the integrity of the computer system. Items such as mouse pads and mouse balls are not to be removed
         from the computer workstation. You are not authorized to alter the components and hardware of the computer
         system.
        Do not develop or use programs that harass other users, infiltrate a computer system, or alter the hardware or
         software components.
        Do not use the computer system in such a way that it disrupts the use of the system, service, traffic, or equipment.
         Disruptions include but are not limited to: spreading of computer viruses, attempting to gain unauthorized access
         to accounts or systems.
        Do not share your passwords with anyone nor permit the use of your account to anyone. Do not use another user’s
         account.
        Be aware that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private and that network and system administrators
         have access to all mail sent and received.
        Any user who receives or is aware of inappropriate communication or actions is expected to report this to the
         network administrator.
3.       Roles and Responsibilities

         The school administration is responsible for

        Ensuring that a school-based Acceptable Use Policy is developed and implemented, in accordance with Provincial
         and Board policy.
        Ensuring that a signed agreement is on file for each user before access is permitted.
        Ensuring that guidelines are developed for community use of Internet/computer resources.
        Reviewing the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on an annual basis and making changes as required.


         The Network Administrator is responsible for

        Ensuring that the terms of license agreements between software vendors and the school are followed and monitor
         that all users of the software abide by these terms.
        Maintaining an operational system and protecting the confidentiality of the user’s work.


         The Network Administrator has the right to

        Disable any account after obtaining evidence that the Acceptable Use Policy has been violated.
        View and/or delete files without prior notice to the user when the stability, integrity, or security of the system is
         threatened.
        Terminate any process or application without prior notice to the user when a violation has occurred.


         The Teacher is responsible for

        Reviewing the Acceptable Use Policy with their students.
        Diligently supervising the students in their use of the internet/computers and compliance with the policy.
        Ensuring that instructional guidelines and expected outcomes for the use of Internet/computer resources by
         students are in accordance with the curriculum requirements of the Public School Program (PSP).


         The Student is responsible for

        Submitting a signed copy of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy before obtaining access to the Internet.
        Using the school’s computer resources in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy.
        Using software acquired by the school in accordance with the terms of licensed agreements and their intended use.


         The Parent/Guardian is responsible for

        reading this policy, discussing it with their child, and signing the consent form if your child is under the age of 19.
         Since any student who violates the school’s Acceptable Use Policy will have their access privileges revoked and
         possibly face disciplinary and/or legal action, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their
         child understands the content of this policy.


DISCLAIMER

        Although this policy has been carefully prepared and reviewed, the School Board, the school or any of
their employers assume no liability for any errors, omissions, or misinformation. Use of information obtained via
the Internet is to be used at the user’s own risk. The board is not responsible for any damage suffered by a
user, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions.
4.       Consequences for Violations

         The use of the computer system and Internet is a privilege, not a right. It is expected that the Acceptable Use
         Policy will be followed. Any user violating this policy, applicable provincial or federal laws, or classroom and
         board policies, is subject to loss of computer privileges and/or police prosecution. Consequences may include but
         are not limited to suspension of computer privileges, detentions, contact with home, suspension from school, or
         police intervention depending on the nature of the violation. The consequences for repeated violations will
         increase in severity and may result in loss of computer privileges for the remainder of the school year.

5.       General User Guidelines

      Computing facilities are intended for school-related educational purposes only.
      Only authorized users are to have access to the computers.
      Use of computers by students is only permitted under staff supervision.
      Users must only log on to their assigned user account.
      Games are not to be played on school computers with the exception of educational games when approved by the
       teacher. (Example: word games)
    Music is not to be played on school computers without approval by the teacher and you must use headphones.
    Absolutely no food or drink is permitted in the computer lab or the library.
    Use of chat lines at the school is prohibited.
    Users are expected to be polite, not abusive, and use appropriate language in their communications.
    Email accounts are to be used for responsible communication only. The use of obscene, profane, forged,
       anonymous, harassing, abusive, false, inflammatory, or threatening messages is not permitted.
    Students shall only use their school assigned e-mail account.
    Users shall not use any computer to access, create, or send material that is obscene, advocates violence or
       discrimination, or is illegal.
    Do not share passwords or use another’s account.
    Save schoolwork to your appropriate network drive.
    Do not install or attempt to install programs that have not been approved by the network administrator.
    Students will not vandalize, damage, or disable computers or the work of another individual or organization
    Students are not to access, create, or distribute harassing, pornographic, obscene, racist, sexually explicit or
       threatening material, imagery or language.
    Students will not use school-provided Internet access for illegal purposes or for non-approved, commercial
       purposes.
    If you have problems or questions, see the network administrator at an appropriate time.
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                            Ellenvale Computer Acceptable Use Policy CONSENT FORM
Student Section

I have read, discussed, understand, and will follow this Acceptable Use Policy for the duration of my time at EJHS.
I understand that if I violate this policy, I may lose computer/internet privileges and that disciplinary and/or legal action
may be taken.

Student Name (print): _____________________________ Student Number _____________ Homeroom _________

Signature: ______________________________________                   Date: _______________________________________

Parent Section

I have read and discussed this Acceptable Use Policy with my child. I am in agreement with this policy and understand
that if my child violates this policy, he/she may have his/her computer privileges revoked and disciplinary and/or legal
action may be taken.

Parent/Guardian Name: ____________________________

Signature: ______________________________________                   Date: ___________________________________

				
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