6.235 - Access to Electronic Networks

This Policy governs the use of the Consolidated High School District No. 230’s electronic networks, which includes the School District’s computers, the School District’s local and/or wide area network, and access to the Internet through the School District’s computers or the School District’s local and/or wide area network.   Use of the School District’s electronic network also shall include any use of computers outside the School District’s electronic network in those instances where those computers are used to access the School District’s electronic network. Additionally, use of the School District’s electronic network shall include use of other electronic communication devices owned and/or issued by the School District or used to access the School District’s electronic network, including, but not limited to cellular or mobile phones, smart phones, and text messaging devices.

Access to Electronic Networks

Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the School District's instructional program in order to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Subject to the approval of the Superintendent, the Chief Technology Officer shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint a system administrator.

The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when using the electronic network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.

Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior

The use of the School District's electronic networks shall (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the School District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library media center materials. As required by federal law and Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including but not limited to: (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites· and in chat rooms, and (2) cyberbullying awareness and response. Individual School Board members, administrators, teachers, other certified staff and educational support staff members (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Staff Members”). may, consistent with the Chief Technology Officer’s implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.

The District's electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.

Acceptable Use

All use of the School District's electronic network must be (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the School Board's stated goals, (2) for a legitimate school business purpose, or (3) other authorized purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and Staff Members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the School District's electronic network or School District computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The School District's Authorization for Electronic Network Access contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol applicable to Students and Staff Members.  Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user's account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials.

Internet Safety

Technology protection measures shall be used on each District computer with Internet access. They shall include a filtering device that protects again Internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by federal law and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other lawful purpose, provided the person receives prior permission from the Building Principal or system administrator.

The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy's implementation plan to address the following:

1. Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,


2.  Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials,

3.  Ensure student and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications,

4.  Restrict unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities, and

5.  Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as names and addresses.

Authorization for Electronic Network Access

Each staff member must sign the District's Authorization for Electronic Network Access as a condition for using the District's electronic network. Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign the Acceptable Use Policy before being granted unsupervised use.  The student Authorization for Electronic Network Access is contained in the student handbook.

All users of the District's computers to access the Internet shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.

The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the Authorization for Electronic Network Access, or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.


LEGAL REF.: No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §6777. Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254(h) and (1).

Enhancing Education through Technology Act, 20 U.S.C. §6751 et seq.

47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart F, Universal Service Support for Schools and Libraries.  720 ILCS 135/0.01.

CROSS REF.:5:100, 5:170,6:40,6:60,6:210,6:230, 6:235-AP/E, 6:260,7:130,7:190,7:310

ADOPTED: October 4, 1999

REVISED: June 28, 2007; September 2007; November 29, 2012, March 26, 2015


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