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363.21 Computer Network Use

Computer networks, including the Internet, offer vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Whitewater Unified School District’s goal in providing these services to staff and students is to promote learning by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

Through network access, learners will:

gain employability skills needed for the twenty-first century

broaden their problem-solving and decision-making abilities

enter into partnerships to enhance their learning options and to interact effectively with others

develop their higher-level thinking skills

apply and demonstrate effective communication skills in realistic situations

access global resources and broaden their research capabilities, thus strengthening their communication skills

The School District firmly believes that network access and use provides students with valuable information and interaction relevant to their education. The School District is aware that the global network contains material which is not appropriate for school use and that it is not possible, in spite of the District’s security measures, to control all materials which students may encounter.

The operation of a network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who adhere to strict guidelines. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources for educational purposes only. As students/staff use networks, it is essential that each user on a network recognize his or her responsibility to use the network for school-related activities. The user is ultimately responsible for her or his action since accessing network services and for adhering to District use policies, procedures, and guidelines. If a Whitewater Unified School District user violates these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and future access could be limited or denied. Signatures on the Computer Network Use Agreement are legally binding and indicate the party’s acceptance of said agreement.

CROSS REF.: 363.21-Rule, Computer Network Use Guidelines
363.21-Exhibit, Computer Network Use Agreement

Adopted by School Board November 24, 1997

Revised by School Board September 27, 2010

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