Hey all: Here is the release (and the links) on the new AUP guidance from Vermont School Boards. I would like to hear your comments, as this is a good step, though I think it got a little more complex than the small group that met in April of 2010 intended. Anyways.. great work from the School Boards folks and we appreciate their help in providing this guidance.
VERMONT EDUCATION POLICY SERVICE
To: Superintendents and Board Chairs
From: John Nelson
Subject: Model Policy Update
Date: August 10, 2011
We are attaching for your consideration links to recently updated model
school board policies covering five topics. This memo will briefly
explain the components of each policy. Do not hesitate to call or email
us with any questions you may have on the adoption or implementation of
these policies. Please note that the footnotes included in these model
policies should not be included in the text of the policies when they
are adopted by school boards. The footnotes are for reference purposes
Note also that the model policies developed by the Vermont Education
Policy Service do not constitute legal services or legal advice. Each
school district is responsible for the final review and approval of
policies it adopts and for obtaining independent legal advice and review
of policies as it deems necessary when adopting policies.
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources & the Internet, (Code G11).
MS Word version: http://www.vtvsba.org/policy/g11.doc
Acrobat version: http://www.vtvsba.org/policy/g11.pdf
A policy on this subject is required by federal law for school districts
that receive federal E-Rate funding, either for the purchase of
computers used to access the internet or to pay the costs associated
with accessing the internet. The footnotes in our model policy indicate
when its specific provisions are required by state or federal law.
The basic premise of the federal law governing acceptable use policies
is that school districts receiving E-Rate funding should protect
children who use school computers from access to visual depictions that
are obscene, that contain child pornography, or that include material
harmful to minors. The definitions of terms used in acceptable use
policies, such as “harmful to minors” and “child pornography,” are
determined by federal or state law. The definitions in our model policy
reflect the federal or state definitions. If adopting school boards
prefer that the definitions not be included in the body of the policy,
they may be incorporated by reference in a note accompanying the
policy. It is important, however, that the definitions be provided in a
format that is readily accessible to any reader of the policy.
Important concepts found in this model policy include the following:
* Students ( through their parents if they are minors) must
agree to the school’s terms for the use of school technology before
gaining unsupervised access to the internet on school equipment. School
officials may require signed user agreements prior to allowing any use
of school computers, or may provide clear notice to students and
parents in advance, indicating that, if parents do not specifically
opt-out of computer use by their children, use will be allowed.
* The use of school electronic technology by students is a
privilege, not a right, and users should understand that the school can
and will limit unsupervised use of school equipment to those who are
willing to comply with the school’s use conditions;
* Students should not expect that their use of school electronic
equipment is private, and they should expect that school officials will
monitor student use to ensure that it is lawful and appropriate.
* The school itself, through its board or administration,
determines the kinds of material that is appropriate for student access,
and the school will use protection measures such as filters or blocking
procedures to prevent access to unauthorized material;
* The use of school computers is for school related purposes,
and school computers are not available for personal use unless limited
personal use is specifically allowed by school policy.
Education Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620
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