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Appropriate Use of District Technology

  • Code: DKB.AR
    Topic: Appropriate Use of District Technology
    Issue Date: 23/05/2000
    Effective Date: 19/05/2000
    Review Year: 2005

Regulation

  1. PURPOSEFUL USE OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY
    1. Students will be given access to district technology for educational purposes that include:
      • Achieving the learner outcomes of the Alberta Program of Studies.
      • Participating in learning activities selected by the teacher.
      • Participating in alternate district programs such as virtual schooling and outreach programs.
    2. Staff will be given access to district technology for educational purposes that include:
      • Communication
      • Information acquisition
      • Information management, such as student and financial information
      • Professional development and training
      • Providing technology support to other users of district technology.
    3. Community volunteers and school council representatives may be given access to district technology for educational purposes that include:
      • Communication
      • Information acquisition
      • Assisting teachers in using district technology with students.
  2. GUIDING PRINCIPLES
    District technology must be used in ways that are consistent with the following principles.
    1. Appropriate use -
      District technology is intended for educational purposes and for business activities in the operation of schools and the district. Personal use of electronic communication must not interfere with, or conflict with, its use for work purposes. District technology cannot be used for purposes that are illegal, unethical, or immoral.

    2. Privacy and Personal Safety -
      Activities involving district technology will, as much as possible, protect the privacy of personal information of all users and the personal safety of students. All users will be educated about ways that they can protect their own personal information and personal safety.

    3. Security of systems and information -
      Individuals using district technology shall not compromise the security and integrity of data and information stored on district or school computer systems.

    4. Efficiency -
      District technology must function efficiently for all users. Therefore, users shall operate within the limitations, guidelines, and directives provided.
  3. GUIDELINES FOR APPROPRIATE USE
    1. Students and staff shall adhere to appropriate use guidelines established by the District and each school.

    2. Schools may request that students and their parents or guardians sign an appropriate use agreement that confirms their understanding of school and district guidelines.
  4. CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE USE
    1. All users shall be responsible and accountable for their use of district technology.

    2. Students who deliberately use district technology inappropriately will be subject to some or all of the consequences listed in HG.AR - Student Behaviour and Conduct.

    3. Staff who deliberately use district technology inappropriately will be subject to disciplinary or legal action, which may include termination of employment.

    4. Other users who deliberately use district technology inappropriately will lose the privilege of using district technology.

References

DKA.AR District Technology Specifications
HG.AR Student Behaviour and Conduct
HG.BP Student Behaviour and Conduct
HHFA.AR Supervision of Students
District Technology Specifications and Guidelines
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Criminal Code of Canada