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School District #43 (Coquitlam)'s district-wide network provides data communication links among all district sites and a high-speed connection to sites outside the district including the "Internet". Internet services and technologies offer valuable learning experiences for students and sources of information for teachers. At the same time, there are potential hazards. Students may receive offensive communications and may access material which is not appropriate. As with other methods of communication, there are opportunities with computer networks for students to create and distribute inappropriate materials and to conduct themselves in ways that are unacceptable. Therefore, the Board is obliged to inform parents of potential risks and benefits, and impose governance on what students see and do.
The Board endorses the provision of district-wide network and Internet services in the District to support student learning. The Board wishes to inform parents of the benefits of Internet access to students and, at the same time, advise parents of the potential for misuse which may result from access to the district-wide network and Internet. In providing Internet access for students the Board also affirms that it will not permit the creating, distributing, or accessing of any material which is not suitable for classroom learning.
Following is a list of guidelines and a list of specific behaviors that may lead to disciplinary action under the District Code of Conduct, and/or suspension or limitation of network access privileges:
(1) The District's local and wide area networks are intended only for educational purposes and for the business and administrative functions directly in support of the school district's operation.
(2) Network services, and access to these services, shall only be used by authorized persons. Where password-protected accounts are used, network users are personally responsible for all activity that occurs within their account.
(3) When interacting with other users on the district-wide network or Internet, users are expected to behave as they would in any other environment where they represent their school. It is important that users conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner in accordance with the standards of propriety in the District.
(4) Using the District's networks and the Internet for illegal, obscene, harassing or inappropriate purposes, or in support of such activities, is prohibited.
(5) The District's networks are shared resources and must be used in moderation. From time to time, users may be asked to limit or relinquish access to high priority processes.
(6) Users are advised that computer systems are district property and may be inspected or monitored at any time if misuse is suspected.
(7) All above rules apply whether District network access is gained from in or out of school settings.
(8) Inappropriate use of network services includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(a) Users may not use the District's networks or computing equipment to:
(b) Users may not violate, or attempt to violate, the security of the District's computers, data or network equipment or services.
(c) Users may not:
(d) Users may not:
(9) Schools will, where and when appropriate, ensure that the attached Student Registration Form is completed and signed.
School District #43 (Coquitlam) provides a district-wide network for instructional purposes. This includes technology links among all district schools and a connection to sites outside the district including the "Internet". Electronic information is often much more current, less expensive, and easier to access than conventional sources. The World Wide Web has provided a vehicle for students to create and share projects on a global scale. (See some of our students' work at http://www.sd43.bc.ca).
The primary purpose of the district-wide network is to enhance student learning in schools. For example, students can use electronic mail and the World-Wide-Web (WWW) to communicate with experts in various fields of study, professionals working with students, and other students throughout the province, the country, and around the world. Students can use electronic tools to access current information in international libraries and databases (e.g. reports from a recent UN conference, research on Salmon in the Fraser River).
At the same time, there are potential hazards. While our staff make every effort to avoid misuse of the Internet services, students may receive offensive communications and may access material which is not appropriate. As with other methods of communication, there are opportunities with computer networks for students to create and distribute inappropriate materials and to conduct themselves in ways that are unacceptable.
The accompanying registration form has been provided to:
To be completed by Student (where appropriate):
Name of Student:
I have read the "School District #43 (Coquitlam) District-Wide Network and Internet Appropriate Use Regulations" and agree to abide by the provisions therein.
To be completed by Parent/Guardian:
I have read the "School District #43 (Coquitlam) District-Wide Network and Internet Appropriate Use Policy". I understand that network services are intended for educational purposes. I understand that any other use is in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and subject to remedial action on the part of the school.
School District #43 (Coquitlam) has taken reasonable precautions to eliminate controversial material from its network systems. However, I also recognize it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial materials that exist outside its networks and I will not hold the District responsible for materials acquired via its networks.
Parent or Guardian's Name (please print):
For more information about School District #43's acceptable use policy, contact:
District Principal - Community Services
School District No.43 (Coquitlam)
550 Poirier Street
Coquitlam BC Canada V3J 6A7
Tel: (604) 939-9201
Fax: (604) 939-7828
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