Technology Policy

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Technology Policy

Technology and Network Access

Community Christian School provides students with access to computer equipment, software, and network services.  These tools support learning, collaboration, and educational research related to the curriculum.  All technology and network usage must be consistent with these purposes, this policy, and all provisions of law governing the actions of the user.

The internet, however is not designed exclusively for the use of children.  While its use in the school will be subject to supervision, it is possible that students may occasionally access inappropriate material either deliberately or accidentally (even though Community Christian currently filters internet access).  Guidelines for internet use prohibit access to material that is inappropriate in a Christian school environment.  We encourage parents to have a discussion with their children about values and responsible behavior while using the internet.  Parents wishing their child not to access online resources must contact their respective principal.

Responsible Use

Students are expected to use CCS technology equipment, software, and network services for projects assigned by their classroom teachers.  The following are some guidelines concerning the use of CCS technology and network services.

Privacy and Access

  • Students will respect others’ right to privacy, though the church and school retains the right to examine.
  • Students will not send messages using a false identity, or use the accounts of others to send messages in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Students will not access email, files, folders, or electronic data of others without permission.
  • Students will not add, modify, or delete CCS computer programs, files, or folders without permission.
  • Students will not use the CCS internet for financial gain, commercial activity, or political activity.
  • Students will not use CCS resources to purchase products or services.
  • Students will not use CCS resources for illegal purposes or any other activity prohibited by school policy.

Respect for Property

  • Students will respect the property of others.
  • Students will use the technology hardware at CCS with respect.
  • Students will not vandalize or otherwise damage CCS property.

Copyright Issues

  • Students will be aware of copyright laws and follow them.
  • Students will not redistribute copyrighted programs or data without the written permission of the copyright holder.

Respect for Acceptable Use

  • Students will report to teachers or school personnel any message they receive that is inappropriate or not for educational purposes.
  • Students will not engage in cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying includes but is not limited to, harassing, dissing, flaming, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking, and cyber stalking.
  • Students will not reveal personal information about themselves or others via the CCS network.
  • Students will be polite and use appropriate language for the educational environment and for the educational activity in which they are currently involved.  (Examples of inappropriate language include: swearing, ethnic or racial slurs-even about one’s own ethnicity, or any other inflammatory or threatening language.)
  • Students will not access the control panel on a school computer, or attempt to modify settings in any way.
  • Students will not access Proxy server websites or tamper with other firewall settings that are designed for, intended to, or by chance scan our network, or attempt in any way to circumvent our security.
  • Students will not open, send, or receive obscene pictures or messages.
  • Students will not upload any personal media files to any share folder, any computer, and/or the network that are not for educational purposes.
  • Students will not use CCS technology resources for any non-instructional or inappropriate purpose. (Examples include: online gaming, Facebook, blogs, wikis, etc.)
  • Students will not knowingly infect a computer or network with malware.
  • Students will not install any software, malware, or games on any school computer or system connected to school networks.
  • Students will not attempt to harm equipment, materials, data, or access data they don’t normally have access to.
  • Students will not log into a computer for another student whose access has been suspended.
  • Students will always report any known violations of the CCS Technology Policy to their teacher or an administrator.  If they have identified a possible security problem the technology department should be notified immediately.
  • Students will not waste school resources through improper use of the system.  (Examples include: printing personal material, modifying computer settings, etc.)
  • Other examples of inappropriate technology and network behavior will be considered on a case-by-case basis by administration.

Consequences of Irresponsible Use

Student access to computer equipment, software and network services is a revocable privilege, not a right.  Consequences for individuals violating this policy may vary depending upon the nature and seriousness of the violation.  Consequences may include disciplinary action, loss of technology access, suspension, expulsion, and/or involvement of law enforcement agencies.

Privacy

  • Community Christian School reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, and review at any time and without prior notice of all usage of the electronic network and any information transmitted or received in connection with such usage (periodic audits).  All such information files shall remain the property of the school.

Warning

Sites accessible via the computer/network/internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or controversial.  Each school computer with internet access has filtering software that blocks access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as a defined by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The school makes every effort to limit access to objectionable material; however, controlling all such materials on the computer/network/internet is impossible, even with filtering in place.  With global access to computers and people, a risk exists that students may access material that may not be of educational value in the school setting.

Warranties/Indemnification

Community Christian School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its technology, computer networks, and the internet provided under this policy.  Community Christian School is not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages, or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) resulting from the use of technology and the electronic network.  The user takes full responsibility for his/her use.  The parent(s) or guardian(s) agree to indemnify and hold Community Christian School, its employees harmless from any and all loss, costs or damages resulting from the use authorized under this agreement, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user over the electronic network.  The user and the user’s parent(s) or guardian(s) agree to cooperate with the school in the event of the school’s initiating an investigation of a user’s misuse of his/her access to the computer network and the internet, whether that use is on a school computer or on another computer outside the school’s network.

Mission of Community Christian School 

The mission of Community Christian School is to produce students with a Biblical world and life view while developing the whole student in an environment of love, care, and acceptance.