Technology Policies

Internet and computer access at PFSJCS is to be considered a privilege offered to enhance learning. It is not a right. Therefore, student access may be limited or revoked by school officials if this privilege is abused or violates acceptable use. Students engaged in unacceptable use of the Internet and computers will also be subject to disciplinary action in conformity with the PFSJCS Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy.

All student use of computers and the Internet is to be conducted under faculty supervision. Nevertheless, students are responsible for acceptable use of a computer network. The computer network is provided for students to conduct educational research and support educational endeavors.

The PFSJCS administration, faculty, and staff believe that the benefits to students from access to information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed any potential for abuse. PFSJCS maintains tools that block access to inappropriate sites. Ultimately, however, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using computers and the Internet.

Student Access

All PFSJCS students will take part in an annual grade-level appropriate discussion of our school’s Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy with their teachers before being authorized to use the computer and the Internet.

Access to Student Files

Students should have no expectation of privacy in the use of computers and the Internet. Pursuant to local, state, and federal laws, administrators and staff may provide access to student files and records to law enforcement authorities. All files will be subject to our Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy and local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Personal Safety

PFSJCS in its commitment to promote a safe and secure learning environment, has high-end filtering software to filter inappropriate sites. However, the filtering software cannot ensure that all inappropriate sites are blocked. Students are expected to adhere to the PFSJCS Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy. Any deliberate destruction, modification, and tampering of technology equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or referral to law enforcement authorities. Any activity which inhibits or interferes with the normal operation of the hardware and software which comprise the PFSJCS computer network system is also subject to disciplinary action.

Acceptable Uses

  1. Using e-mail for educational purposes is allowed
  2. Abiding by generally accepted rules of network etiquette including but not limited to; being polite, using appropriate language, respecting the privacy of other’s work, and demonstrating courtesy toward others
  3. Documenting and obeying the copyright laws
  4. Reporting misuse of technology to appropriate school authorities
  5. Using technology resources to ensure fair access to all students
  6. Using computing and communications facilities in a manner consistent with local, state, and federal laws and policies
  7. Notifying your teacher immediately if there is a problem with your computer

Unacceptable Uses

  1. Providing private or personal information about yourself or others
  2. Viewing or sending obscene or patently offensive material
  3. Accessing another person’s file or account
  4. Giving out your password to other students

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