Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
Wadena-Deer Creek School District 2155
Adopted: MSBA/MASA Model Policy 524 Revised: August 18, 2008 Reviewed: 2010
The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the school
district computer system and acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including electronic
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
In making decisions regarding student and employee access to the school district
computer system and the Internet, including electronic communications, the Wadena-Deer Creek School District considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the school district computer system and to the Internet enables students and employees to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The school district expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the school district computer system and the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.
III. LIMITED EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
The school district is providing students and employees with access to the school district
computer system, which includes Internet access. The purpose of the system is more
specific than providing students and employees with general access to the Internet. The
school district system has a limited educational purpose, which includes use of the system
for classroom activities, educational research, and professional or career development
activities. Users are expected to use Internet access through the district system to further
educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school district and
school policies. Uses which might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account on
another system may not be acceptable on this limited-purpose network.
IV. USE OF SYSTEM IS A PRIVILEGE
The use of the school district system and access to use of the Internet is a privilege, not a
right. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous
violations, unacceptable use of the school district system or the Internet may result in one
or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use or access
privileges; payments for damages and repairs; discipline under other appropriate school
district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of
employment; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws.
V. UNACCEPTABLE USES
A. The following uses of the school district system and Internet resources or
accounts are considered unacceptable:
1. Users (all persons utilizing Wadena-Deer Creek computers and networks internally or externally) will not use the school district system to access, review, upload, download, store, print, post, receive, transmit or distribute:
a. pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material or other visual
depictions that are harmful to minors;
b. obscene, abusive, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory,
threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language;
c. materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the
education setting or disruptive to the educational process;
d. information or materials that could cause damage or danger of
disruption to the educational process;
e. materials that use language or images that advocate violence or
discrimination toward other people (hate literature) or that may
constitute harassment or discrimination.
2. Users will not use the school district system to knowingly or recklessly
post, transmit or distribute false or defamatory information about a person
or organization, or to harass another person, or to engage in personal
attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
3. Users will not use the school district system to engage in any illegal act or
violate any local, state or federal statute or law.
4. Users will not use the school district system to vandalize, damage or
disable the property of another person or organization, will not make
deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt equipment, software or system
performance by spreading computer viruses or by any other means, will
not tamper with, modify or change the school district system software,
hardware or wiring or take any action to violate the school district’s
security system, and will not use the school district system in such a way
as to disrupt the use of the system by other users.
5. Users will not use the school district system to gain unauthorized access to
information resources or to access another person’s materials, information
or files without the implied or direct permission of that person.
6. Users will not use the school district system to post private information
about another person, personal contact information about themselves or
other persons, or other personally identifiable information, including, but
not limited to, addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work
addresses, identification numbers, account numbers, access codes or
passwords, labeled photographs or other information that would make the
individual’s identity easily traceable, and will not repost a message that
was sent to the user privately without permission of the person who sent
a. This paragraph does not prohibit the posting of employee contact
information on school district webpages or communications
between employees and other individuals when such
communications are made for education-related purposes (i.e.,
communications with parents or other staff members related to
b. Employees creating or posting school-related webpages may
include personal contact information about themselves on a
webpage. However, employees may not post personal contact
information or other personally identifiable information about
(1) such information is classified by the school district as
directory information, and verification is made that the
school district has not received notice from a
parent/guardian or eligible student that such information is
not to be designated as directory information; or
(2) such information is not classified by the school district as
directory information but written consent for release of the
information to be posted has been obtained from a
parent/guardian or eligible student.
In addition, prior to posting any personal contact or personally
identifiable information on a school-related webpage, employees
shall obtain written approval of the content of the postings from
the building administrator.
c. These prohibitions specifically prohibit a user from utilizing the
school district system to post personal information about a user or
another individual on social networks, including, but not limited to,
social networks such as “MySpace” and “Facebook.”
7. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the school district system
or any other system through the school district system, attempt to log in through
another person’s account, or use computer accounts, access codes or network
identification other than those assigned to the user. Messages and records
on the school district system may not be encrypted without the permission
of appropriate school authorities.
8. Users will not use the school district system to violate copyright laws or
usage licensing agreements, or otherwise to use another person’s property
without the person’s prior approval or proper citation, including the
downloading or exchanging of pirated software or copying software to or
from any school computer, and will not plagiarize works they find on the
9. Users will not use the school district system for conducting business, for
unauthorized commercial purposes or for financial gain unrelated to the
mission of the school district. Users will not use the school district system
to offer or provide goods or services or for product advertisement. Users
will not use the school district system to purchase goods or services for
personal use without authorization from the appropriate school district
B. A student or employee engaging in the foregoing unacceptable uses of the Internet
when off school district premises also may be in violation of this policy as well as
other school district policies. Examples of such violations are, but are not limited
to, situations where the school district system is compromised or if a school
district employee or student is negatively impacted. If the school district receives
a report of an unacceptable use originating from a non-school computer or
resource, the school district may investigate such reports to the best of its ability.
Students or employees may be subject to disciplinary action for such conduct,
including, but not limited to, suspension or cancellation of the use or access to the
school district computer system and the Internet and discipline under other
appropriate school district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion, or
termination of employment.
C. If a user inadvertently accesses unacceptable materials or an unacceptable Internet
site, the user shall immediately disclose the inadvertent access to an appropriate
school district official. In the case of a school district employee, the immediate
disclosure shall be to the employee’s immediate supervisor and/or the building
administrator. This disclosure may serve as a defense against an allegation that
the user has intentionally violated this policy. In certain rare instances, a user also
may access otherwise unacceptable materials if necessary to complete an
assignment and if done with the prior approval of and with appropriate guidance
from the appropriate teacher or, in the case of a school district employee, the
Note: “Users” shall be considered all persons utilizing Wadena-Deer Creek computers and networks internally or externally.
A. With respect to any of its computers with Internet access, the School District will
monitor the online activities of minors and employ technology protection
measures during any use of such computers by minors and adults. The
technology protection measures utilized will block or filter Internet access to any
visual depictions that are:
2. Child pornography; or
3. Harmful to minors.
B. The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or
other visual depiction that:
1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest
in nudity, sex, or excretion; or
2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect
to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual
contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd
exhibition of the genitals; and
3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific
value as to minors.
C. An administrator, supervisor or other person authorized by the Superintendent
may disable the technology protection measure, during use by an adult, to enable
access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
VII. CONSISTENCY WITH OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES
Use of the school district computer system and use of the Internet shall be consistent with
school district policies and the mission of the school district.
VIII. LIMITED EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY
A. By authorizing use of the school district system, the school district does not
relinquish control over materials on the system or contained in files on the system.
Users should expect only limited privacy in the contents of personal files on the
school district system.
B. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the school district system may lead to a
discovery that a user has violated this policy, another school district policy, or the
C. An individual investigation or search will be conducted if school authorities have
a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school
D. Parents have the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of their
child’s files and e-mail files. Parents have the right to request the termination of
their child’s individual account at any time.
E. School district employees should be aware that the school district retains the right
at any time to investigate or review the contents of their files and e-mail files. In
addition, school district employees should be aware that data and other materials
in files maintained on the school district system may be subject to review,
disclosure or discovery under Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 ( the Minnesota Government
Data Practices Act).
F. The school district will cooperate fully with local, state and federal authorities in
any investigation concerning or related to any illegal activities or activities not in
compliance with school district policies conducted through the school district
IX. INTERNET USE AGREEMENT
A. The proper use of the Internet, and the educational value to be gained from proper
Internet use, is the joint responsibility of students, parents and employees of the
B. This policy requires the permission of and supervision by the school’s designated
professional staff before a student may use a school account or resource to access
C. The Internet Use Agreement form for students must be read and signed by the
user, the parent or guardian, and the supervising teacher. The Internet Use
Agreement form for employees must be signed by the employee. The form must
then be filed at the school office. As supervising teachers change, the agreement
signed by the new teacher shall be attached to the original agreement.
X. LIMITATION ON SCHOOL DISTRICT LIABILITY
Use of the school district system is at the user’s own risk. The system is provided on an
“as is, as available” basis. The school district will not be responsible for any damage
users may suffer, including, but not limited to, loss, damage or unavailability of data
stored on school district diskettes, tapes, hard drives or servers, or for delays or changes
in or interruptions of service or misdeliveries or nondeliveries of information or
materials, regardless of the cause. The school district is not responsible for the accuracy
or quality of any advice or information obtained through or stored on the school district
system. The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising
through unauthorized use of the school district system or the Internet.
XI. USER NOTIFICATION
A. All users shall be notified of the school district policies relating to Internet use.
B. This notification shall include the following:
1. Notification that Internet use is subject to compliance with school district
2. Disclaimers limiting the school district’s liability relative to:
a. Information stored on school district diskettes, hard drives or
b. Information retrieved through school district computers, networks
or online resources.
c. Personal property used to access school district computers,
networks or online resources.
d. Unauthorized financial obligations resulting from use of school
district resources/accounts to access the Internet.
3. A description of the privacy rights and limitations of school
sponsored/managed Internet accounts.
4. Notification that, even though the school district may use technical means
to limit student Internet access, these limits do not provide a foolproof
means for enforcing the provisions of this acceptable use policy.
5. Notification that goods and services can be purchased over the Internet
that could potentially result in unwanted financial obligations and that any
financial obligation incurred by a student through the Internet is the sole
responsibility of the student and/or the student’s parents.
6. Notification that the collection, creation, reception, maintenance and
dissemination of data via the Internet, including electronic
communications, is governed by Wadena-Deer Creek, District # 2155 School Policies on Public and Private Personnel Data and Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.
7. Notification that, should the user violate the school district’s acceptable
use policy, the user’s access privileges may be revoked, school
disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be
8. Notification that all provisions of the acceptable use policy are subordinate
to local, state and federal laws.
XII. PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY; NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT INTERNET USE
A. Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet
use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones,
radio, movies and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for
monitoring their student’s use of the school district system and of the Internet if
the student is accessing the school district system from home or a remote location.
B. Parents will be notified that their students will be using school district
resources/accounts to access the Internet and that the school district will provide
parents the option to request alternative activities not requiring Internet access.
This notification should include:
1. A copy of the user notification form provided to the student user.
2. A description of parent/guardian responsibilities.
3. A notification that the parents have the option to request alternative
educational activities not requiring Internet access and the material to
exercise this option.
4. A statement that the Internet Use Agreement must be signed by the user,
the parent or guardian, and the supervising teacher prior to use by the
5. A statement that the school district’s acceptable use policy is available for
XIII. IMPLEMENTATION; POLICY REVIEW
A. The school district administration may develop appropriate user notification
forms, guidelines and procedures necessary to implement this policy for
submission to the school board for approval. Upon approval by the school board,
such guidelines, forms and procedures shall be an addendum to this policy.
B. The administration shall revise the user notifications, including student and parent
notifications, if necessary, to reflect the adoption of these guidelines and
C. The school district Internet policies and procedures are available for review by all
parents, guardians, staff and members of the community.
D. Because of the rapid changes in the development of the Internet, the school board
shall conduct an annual review of this policy.
15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq. (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. (Copyrights)
20 U.S.C. § 6751 et seq. (Enhancing Education through Technology Act
47 U.S.C. § 254 (Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA))
47 C.F.R. § 54.520 (FCC rules implementing CIPA)
Minn. Stat. § 125B.15 (Internet Access for Students)
Minn. Stat. § 125B.26 (Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Act)
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733,
21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)
United States v. American Library Association, 539 U.S. 194, 123 S.Ct.
2297, 56 L.Ed.2d 221 (2003)
Layshock v. Hermitage Sch. Dist., 412 F.Supp. 2d 502 (2006)
J.S. v. Bethlehem Area Sch. Dist., 807 A.2d 847 (Pa. 2002)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 603 (Curriculum Development)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 606 (Textbooks and Instructional Materials)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 806 (Crisis Management Policy)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 904 (Distribution of Materials on School District Property by Nonschool Persons)