The Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD) strongly believes in the value of technology and recognizes the potential of such to support the curriculum and student learning. The use of technology and information systems is an educational privilege not a personal right. Technology is designed to enhance communications between teachers and students and improve information about classroom experiences for the parents. However, the HBUHSD expects all users of technology to abide by the policies set forth by federal and state statutes, Board of Trustees and school discipline policies.
Acceptable Use and Freedom of Speech- Students are expected to comply with the terms of this policy and the use of assigned accounts, the Internet, and Google Apps. Users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. Network managers may review files and communications in our server and student information systems to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should recognize that files stored on district computer systems are NOT private. Within reason, freedom of speech and access to educational information will be honored. During school hours, teachers will guide students on the appropriate use of technology and Internet searches. As outlined in Board policies and procedures on student rights and responsibilities (5144.1 and 6162.7), copies of which are available on the district website, activities not permitted include but are not limited to:
Legal Issues- It is a felony to maliciously access, alter, delete, damage, or destroy any computer system, computer network, computer program, or data. Users committing acts of this kind will face disciplinary action by the school and legal action by the authorities.
Plagiarism- Plagiarism is “taking ideas or writings from another person and offering them as your own.”Cutting and pasting ideas into a document from electronic sources is very easy to do, but could be unethical and illegal. When using someone else’s work, be sure that the author is given credit. Users will face disciplinary action for academic dishonesty as listed in the Academic Honor Code.
Enforcement of Policy- In accordance with the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act, the district has put in place protection measures which blocks Internet access to some Internet sites that are not in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy. District staff will monitor students’ use of the Internet through either direct supervision, or by monitoring Internet use history, to ensure enforcement of the policy. It may be necessary for authorized personnel to immediately suspend a user’s access to all district computing resources for violations of this policy, pending final resolution by the site or district administrator.
Consent and Waiver- HBUHSD makes no warranties and assumes no responsibilities for: