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Student Technology Use Agreement

Online Communities & Communications

While many sites and online communities and communications are accessible as educational tools within TRUSD classrooms, some are deemed inappropriate and are blocked within the TRUSD network.  Various online communities may be used for educational purposes including but not limited to: wikis, blogs, social networks (e.g. Nings), video/photo sharing sites (e.g. TeacherTube, Flicker), virtual classrooms/chat areas (e.g. Elluminate, School Loop), video conferencing, and discussion boards.  TRUSD reserves the right to block network access to any online resources at any time. Any links to external webs sites shall support the educational mission and shall include a disclaimer that the district is not responsible for the content of the external web sites (BP 1113). 

 

The following restrictions apply to all types of online communities and communications utilized within the TRUSD network:

 

Inappropriate Language
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on TRUSD Websites.  In general, users should make language choices which are appropriate for school situations. Students may not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language when using the TRUSD network. Students may not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks against another individual through the use of the TRUSD network.

Inappropriate Materials
No student may use the TRUSD network to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people. If an individual user mistakenly accesses inappropriate information, he or she should immediately tell his or her administrator.


Possession and Use of Personal Technology
Users may possess or use personal technologies on campus (e.g. cell phones) "provided that such devices are not used for illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests. All such devices shall be turned off during instructional time, other education programs, or school activities." (BP 5131)  Students should under no circumstances record or photograph others without their expressed consent.  This includes publishing or posting such material online. Users who misuse or aid in the misuse of personal technology "may be prohibited from possessing a mobile communications device at school or school-related events and may be subject to discipline in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation (BP 5131).

 

Use of Student Image Student Work

Photographs of students with their names may be published EXCEPT when the student’s parent/guardian has notified the district in writing to not allow the release of the student’s photograph without prior written consent (BP 1113).


Cyberbullying, Harassment Discriminatory Attacks
TRUSD Governing Board Policy 5131 defines “Student Disturbances” as: "Harassment of students or staff, including bullying, intimidation, so-called "cyberbullying," hazing or initiation activity, ridicule, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm or emotional suffering. Cyberbullying includes the posting of harassing messages, direct threats, social cruelty, or other harmful text or images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies, as well as breaking into another person's account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation or friendships."

Cyberbullying conducted using district-owned equipment or on school premises, as well as off-campus cyberbullying that impacts school activity or school attendance, may be subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and regulations. If the student is using a social networking site or service that has terms of use that prohibit posting harmful material, the Superintendent or designee also may file a complaint with the Internet site or service to have the material removed. Students are encouraged to save and print any messages sent to them that they feel constitutes cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated (BP 5131).