Sure has changed a lot from the original conversation.  I'm sorry to see a
one size fits all "official" recommendation as opposed to a spectrum of
AUPs that take into account the different cultures in different schools.

The language is not accessible, it is obviously written by a lawyer to
serve their needs.  We are certainly moving away from expecting our
community and parents to take these documents seriously and are attempting
to rewrite in plain English.

In almost every instance where the word Monitor was used I would like to
see Supervise.

Anyway, I'm going to have to re-read this many times.

Thanks to everyone who has worked on this.  It must have been an
"interesting" process!

Craig Lyndes

> 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.
> Peter Drescher
> 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
> only.
> 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).
> Link:
> MS Word version:
> Acrobat version:
> 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.
> Peter Drescher
> Education Technology Coordinator
> Vermont Department of Education
> 120 State St.
> Montpelier, VT  05620
> 802-828-5149
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