The Board recognizes that electronic media, including the
Internet, provides access to a wide variety of instructional
resources in an effort to enhance educational opportunities.
Use of electronic resources must be in support of, and
consistent with the vision, mission and goals established by the
Board and for the purpose of AKS instructional support. All
users of the district wide area network and/or other electronic
informational services must maintain strict compliance with all
applicable ethical and legal rules and regulations regarding
Strict compliance with all applicable ethical and legal rules
and regulations must be maintained by all users of the wide area
network and/or other electronic informational services including
electronic mail (e-mail). Users must respect intellectual
property rights and understand that school system data
accessible over the network constitutes property. All
electronic, telephonic, and communications transmitted by,
received from, or stored in these systems are property of the
Gwinnett County Public Schools. Users of such systems should
have no expectation of privacy. Student e-mail use for
legitimate educational purposes will be subject to monitoring
and review, including review of text and attachments that are
related to that student or students. At NO TIME should a
student consider GCPS e-mail private or confidential in any way.
It is important to note that with a global network it is
impossible to control or predict all materials a user may
accidentally or purposefully discover on an electronic
resource. Gwinnett County Public School personnel will make
every effort to educate and guide all users in the proper use of
electronic media, including the Internet. Because access to the
Internet provides connections to other computer systems located
all over the world, users (and parents of users) must understand
that neither the Gwinnett County Public Schools or any district
staff member controls the content of the information available
on these other systems. Some of the information available is
controversial and sometimes may be offensive. The Gwinnett
County Public Schools DOES NOT CONDONE the use of such
materials. Therefore, it is imperative that the user be held
accountable for the appropriate utilization of this technology.
ACCESS IS A PRIVILEGE - NOT A RIGHT! Inappropriate use will
result in a cancellation of these privileges as well as possible
assignment of disciplinary action consistent with the policies
and procedures of Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Local schools may establish additional regulatory guidelines for
use of electronic resources that include, but are not limited
to, guidelines established by this systemwide procedure.
Building administrators shall establish a process for informing
students and staff about the district and local school
Acceptable Use Procedures.
The definition of GCPS information and data resources will
include any computer, server or network, or access provided or
supported by GCPS, including the Internet. Use of the computer
facilities includes the use of data/programs stored on GCPS
computing systems, data/programs stored on magnetic tape, floppy
disk, CD-ROM's, DVD-ROM's computer peripherals, or other storage
media, that is owned and maintained by the GCPS. The "user" of
the system is the student using GCPS technology. The purpose of
these guidelines is to ensure that all GCPS technology users
share the GCPS technology resources in an effective, efficient,
ethical and lawful manner.
GCPS technology should be used for legitimate educational
reasons only, and not for personal use. Access is a privilege,
not a right, and all students are expected to treat this
learning tool with respect.
GCPS technology and electronic resources must not be used to:
Harm other people.
Interfere with other people's work.
Use a computer to steal property.
Gain unauthorized access to other people's files or programs.
Gain unauthorized access to on-line resources by using someone
Make changes to the hardware or software configuration of any
machine, including installing or deleting any software.
Improperly using the network, including introducing software
viruses and/or bypassing local school or office security
Steal or damage data and/or computers and network equipment.
Access, upload, download, and distribute pornographic,
hate-oriented, profane, obscene, or sexually explicit material.
Failure to follow these guidelines can violate the Official Code
of Georgia, OCGA, Codes 16-9-90, 16-9-91, 16-9-92, and 16-9-93,
as well as United States Public Law 106-554, known as the
Children's Internet Protection Act. Such actions can also lead
to disciplinary actions, up to and including loss of access to
GCPS technology resources and further disciplinary actions as
defined by existing GCPS policies.
Finally, please note that GCPS technology use is subject to
auditing for legitimate purposes, as well as live monitoring
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