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 is an educational privilege, not a personal right. Technology is designed to enhance communications between teachers, students and 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's computer network are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. Network managers or designee may review files and communications on our server and student information systems to maintain system integrity and ensure ethical usage. 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. The District supports a bring your own device (BYOD) environment. Students have the option of using such devices during class at the teacher's discretion and must comply with the schools Acceptable Use Policy. 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 6163.4), copies of which are available on the district website, activities not permitted include but are not limited to:
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 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.
The HBUHSD respects the electronic privacy of all users and all student files on HBUHSD computer systems are considered “educational records” under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Title 20 U.S.C. section 1232[g]). However, the district may monitor and review users’ information to ensure that all materials are in compliance with district policies. In addition, the district reserves the right to disclose any electronic files or message to law enforcement officials, and under some circumstances, may be required to disclose information to third parties.
Consent and Waiver
HBUHSD makes no warranties and assumes no responsibilities for: