District 62’s intent is for all use of the technology resources to be consistent with our mission, “To equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.”
CCSD62 is committed to technology and curriculum integration and believes it is an important component in current and future education, real world applications, and personal learning. The district is also committed to educating students on how to navigate and engage in online and digital environments safely and responsibly through Digital Citizenship curricula and agreements.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and their children should read the Technology Acceptable Use Policy and Digital Citizenship Agreement found on the district website and as part of yearly registration and discuss them together.
Please note that the district AUP and Digital Citizenship Agreement are informed consent documents, meaning that families must submit written requests to indicate that they do not consent to any part of the agreements. The Acceptable Use Policy and Digital Citizenship Agreements can be found at:
District 62 takes precautions to prevent access to materials that may be defamatory, inaccurate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. It is, however, impossible to control all technology sources and a user may discover inappropriate material. Ultimately, parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for setting and conveying the standards for their child.
The failure of any user to follow the terms of this Technology Acceptable Use Policy may result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, restitution and/or appropriate legal action.
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Be polite. Do not be abusive in your messages to others.
- Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or use inappropriate language.
- Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of you/your family, other students, or staff.
- Recognize that email is not private. People who operate email systems have access to all email. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
- Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
- Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.
Privileges and responsibilities
District 62’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use. Users may access technology only for educational purposes. The actions of users accessing networks through the district reflect on the district; therefore, users must conduct themselves accordingly by exercising good judgment and complying with this policy and any accompanying administrative regulations and guidelines.
Users are responsible for their behavior and communications using the district’s computers and networks. A district administrator will make the decision regarding whether or not a user has violated this Technology Acceptable Use Policy, and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.
District 62 may not request or require a student to provide a password or other account information in order to gain access to a student’s social media account or profile on a social networking website. District 62 may, however, conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, a student may be required to share the content that is reported so that District 62 may make a factual determination.
The district has developed a Student Handbook which provides details on care for and responsibility of taking a district device home. This agreement needs to be signed by both a parent and student prior to a device being taken home.
District 62’s Technology Department has created its own 62 Ignite Innovation Student Handbook that includes guidelines and expectations for managing student devices. Please reference the 62 Ignite Innovation Handbook for details surrounding the care of devices.
Access to District 62’s internet must be consistent with the mission and educational objectives of District 62. Users of technology will:
- Use or access district technology only for educational or administrative purposes.
- Comply with copyright laws and software licensing agreements.
- Understand that email and network files are not private. Network administrators and other designated school officials have access to all email messages and may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and monitor responsible use.
- Guidelines for all district students with email accounts can be found at this site: bit.ly/D62emailguidelines.
- Respect the privacy rights of others and maintain confidentiality of all personnel and student records stored or accessible by means of district technology.
- Be responsible at all times for the proper use of technology, including proper use of access privileges, complying with all required system security identification codes, and not sharing any codes, passwords or other confidential or protected information.
- Maintain the integrity of technological resources from potentially damaging messages, physical abuse, or viruses.
- Abide by the policies and procedures of the district and any outside networks and systems linked by technology.
- Respect the rights of others to use equipment.
Users are responsible for their actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:
- Using the network for any illegal activity.
- Unauthorized downloading and installing of software.
- Violating copyright.
- Using the network for unauthorized private financial or commercial gain.
- Gaining unauthorized access to technology resources, services, or systems.
- Invading the privacy of individuals (for example, posting information, true or inaccurate, having no relation to curriculum).
- Using another user’s account or password.
- Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent.
- Using the network for unauthorized commercial or private advertising.
- Submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, racially-offensive, harassing, or illegal material.
- Knowingly accessing obscene or pornographic material, or material instructing on the use of violence or weaponry. “Knowingly access” includes continued use of material apparently restricted even though inadvertently accessed.
- Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
- Representing personal views as those of District 62 or those that could be interpreted as such.
- Engaging in acts of cyberbullying. For purposes of this policy, “cyberbullying” is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, cell phones, social media or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Cyberbullying can include, but is not limited to, such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial/ ethnic slurs or attempting
STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT (SOPPA)
As the use of technology continues to become more prevalent, District 62 is committed to engaging in cybersecurity procedures that meet or exceed industry standards and working with technology vendors who do the same to protect student covered information from unauthorized use or disclosure.
Starting July 1, 2021, all school districts must provide information about student covered information that is collected, maintained, or disclosed by the district, to whom this information is disclosed, and the purpose of disclosure. Parents/guardians are encouraged to view the district’s website for this information, as well as for additional information required to be disclosed under the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).