School District 25 Policy
Adopted: June 27, 2006
Fremont County School District No. 25 (FCSD 25) provides access to local network resources as well as connectivity to the Internet. Through the internet we are connected to an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world. Students have access to a wide variety of resources including: access to many university and government libraries and library catalogs, electronic mail, information and news from countless federal and international agencies and governments, public domain software and shareware of all types.
The Internet is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, business and industry networks. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users, who must adhere to certain Wyoming Equality Network guidelines. In addition, the District has defined FCSD 25 acceptable use procedures in addressing both the rights and responsibilities of students, staff, parents, and Board Members who access not only Internet resources but also local resources. To ensure proper operations of local networks and access to the Internet, all users must follow the guidelines set forth in the FCSD 25 acceptable use procedures.
With internet providing access to computers and people all over the world, students could also gain access to material that would not be considered to be of educational value, or to be appropriate in the context of a school setting. FCSD 25 is committed to instructing students on the proper usage of the internet. Site blocking is provided district wide. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control access to all materials. An industrious user could access controversial information, if he or she was determined to do so. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District.
The Internet Acceptable Use regulations are required for all students. By signing these agreements, students are acknowledging that they are aware of their rights and responsibilities as District users of the Internet. Users will be required to sign an Internet Usage Agreement in a form provided by the District. In general, this agreement requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network's resources. If a FCSD 25 student violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated, and future access could be denied. A violation of the Internet Usage Agreement by a student may be considered as willful disobedience and defiance of the authority of school personnel. The student shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by District administration.