Attleboro Public Schools
Acceptable Use of the Internet
The Attleboro Public Schools supports and offers students and staff access to the Internet
through instructional practices in classrooms, libraries and school computer labs. To gain
access, to the Internet all students and all staff members who are users of the Internet must
agree to abide by the guidelines set forth in the Acceptable Use Policy.
The Internet connection is not to be used for any non-educational purposes such as commercial
solicitations, product advertisement, political lobbying, etc. or for personal use. This involves
accessing social internet community sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Obtaining computer
software illegally, known as pirating, through the provided Internet connection is strictly
Students will be required to have parental permission for Internet access. Parental permission
is not required for emancipated students or students 18 years of age or older. Should a parent
prefer that a student not have Internet access during school hours, the student will have use of
the computer for standard educational purposes. Parents will be required to inform the school
in writing of their decision to disallow Internet access.
Once a person reaches the age of eighteen (18), Massachusetts law holds that he/she is an
adult and has reached the age of majority. This means that an eighteen year old is capable of
signing legal documents and entering into contracts. Consistent with this definition of “adult” is
the ability to sign school related documents including; reports, permission slips, and absence
notes. Attleboro High School will continue to inform parents of grades, absences, etc., but will
not require the signature of the parent as a condition for accepting these documents.
Students are expected to abide by the rules of the Student Handbook where applicable, and
follow accepted network etiquette. Inappropriate behavior such as the use of vulgar, profane
or obscene language as well as any threatening or sexually harassing language or any form of
cyber-bullying is unacceptable and against the Attleboro Public Schools Anti-Harassment Policy.
Staff and Employee Use
All staff members will be required to read and acknowledge understanding of the Acceptable
Use Policy upon hiring. For current employees, that acknowledgement will occur on an annual
All staff members are expected to abide by the guidelines of this policy as well as all personnel
policies particularly the Attleboro Public Schools Anti-Harassment Policy.
EGD: Acceptable Use of the Internet
For students and staff members safety precautions must be considered at all times.
• Personal information such as home addresses or telephone numbers should not be
shared through the Internet nor should the user ever agree to meet with someone
contacted through the Internet.
• Providing others with one’s individual password or those of others so that access can be
gained to files for which the user is authorized or not is unacceptable. Keep password
information in a secure location and, if a new password is needed, contact the Network
• The downloading of software (Freeware, Shareware), music, multimedia files or
documents which may compromise the system by means of a virus or by monopolizing
the Internet connection for extended periods of time is not permitted.
• With all the information available to the Internet user, there is a strong temptation to
use obtained or un-credited information. The user must agree not to plagiarize the
works, ideas or thoughts of others, and abide by the Copyright Infringement Laws
For students and staff members, serious legal ramifications exist in the use of the Internet
• The user agrees to take full responsibility for his/her actions. The Attleboro Public
Schools, along with the other organizations sponsoring this Internet link-up, will not be
held liable for the actions of any student or staff member that is a result of connecting
to the Internet through the Internet link. Therefore, all users shall assume full liability
legal, financial, or otherwise for their actions in using the Internet.
• Due to the manner in which information can readily be placed on the Internet, the
school district will not be held responsible for the accuracy or the quality of the
information obtained by the user through the Internet. District and school facilitators
will make reasonable efforts to maintain reliable service and user privacy, but an
absolute guarantee that the Internet system will always be available can not be made
nor that files will always be saved, and that privacy will be always be guaranteed
The manner in which information is placed on or accessed through the Internet allows for the
possibility of the user to encounter inappropriate material. The user agrees not to access
material that is obscene, that which advocates illegal acts or discriminates toward others; and
that which involves personal use of the Internet including such social internet community sites
as MySpace or Facebook or other such non-educational websites.
Should a user encounter an unacceptable or inappropriate website, the user must immediately
close the connection to the site and refrain from downloading any material. Student users will
report the access of that particular site to the classroom teacher who will then inform the
Principal. Staff members will report such issues to their immediate supervisor. In both cases,
EGD: Acceptable Use of the Internet
the site will be examined thoroughly by the Network Systems Administrator or his/her
The Attleboro Public Schools reserve the right to periodically review websites accessed by
individual student and staff/employee users. These reviews will help assure that the
instructional purposes for which the Internet connection is provided for are being met.
Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy carry serious consequences and will result in the
immediate suspension of the users' Internet privileges. Further disciplinary actions may be
taken by the Superintendent of the Attleboro Public Schools and/or City, State, or Federal
authorities. Any questions or allegations concerning adherence to the Acceptable Use of the
Internet Policy should be brought to the attention of the Principal or immediate supervisor
EGD: Acceptable Use of the Internet
Notice of Confidentiality: This transmission is intended only for the person or persons to whom
it is addressed and may contain privileged and/or confidential material. Any retransmission,
dissemination, review, or other use of, or taking any action in reliance upon, this information by
person other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you receive this transmission in error,
please contact the sender, destroy this message, and delete the material from your computer,
computer storage, or other media. Information in this message that does not relate to the
official business of Attleboro Public Schools shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed
by Attleboro Public Schools.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE APPROVED 01/05/09
(Replaces Policy EGD Internet/Acceptable Use approved on 10-05-98)