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Acceptable Use Policy

St. Matthias is now offering Internet access for student (K – 8th Grade) use. This document contains St. Matthias’ Acceptable Use Policy for the use of the Internet.

  1. Educational Purpose
    1. The Internet has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes classroom activities, career development, and high-quality self-discovery activities.
    2. The Internet has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. St. Matthias has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in the Acceptable Use Policy and the law in your use of the Internet.
  2. Student Internet Access
    1. All students will have access to the Internet World Wide Web information resources through their classroom, library, or school computer lab.
    2. Students will have e-mail access only under their teacher’s direct supervision using a classroom account.
  3. Unacceptable Uses
    The following uses of the Internet are considered unacceptable:
    1. Illegal Activities
      • You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Internet or to any other computer system through the Internet or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".
      • You will not use the Internet to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, etc.
    2. Inappropriate Access to Material
      • You will not use the Internet to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).
      • If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher or another St. Matthias employee. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy.
      • Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that they think would be inappropriate for you to access. St. Matthias fully expects that you will follow your parent’s instructions in this matter.
    3. Inappropriate Sites
      • You will avoid any site that promotes pornography, hate, discrimination, offensiveness to our Christian faith, etc.
      • IMMEDIATELY inform the teacher or any St. Matthias employee if you mistakenly visit an inappropriate site. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy.
    4. System Security
      • You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
      • You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following St. Matthias virus protection procedures if you download software such as, scanning the diskette for viruses before loading into the system.
      • You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
    5. Respect for Privacy
      • You will not re-post a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.
      • You will not post private information about another person.
    6. Personal Safety
      • You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without your parent’s approval. Your parent should accompany you to this meeting.
      • You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employee any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
    7. Inappropriate Language
      • Restrictions against Inappropriate Language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
      • You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
      • You will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
      • You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
      • You will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If you are told by a person to stop sending them messages, you must stop.
      • You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
    8. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
      • You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.
      • You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner. Copyright law can be very confusing. If you have questions ask a teacher.
    9. Respecting Resource Limits
      • You will not download large files unless requested by a teacher for a class project or report. If necessary, you will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to your personal computer and/or diskette.
      • You will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
    10. You will not remove hardware or software from the school without permission.
    11. You will not use the Internet for the purpose of purchasing any type of products or services.

Violation of St. Matthias’ Acceptable Use Policy will result in one or more of the following:

  1. Suspension and/or loss of Internet privileges;
  2. Suspension and/or loss of all computer privileges; and
  3. Additional disciplinary actions as warranted, determined by the nature of the violation.

St. Matthias reserves the right to examine all Internet logs and trails which clearly document each student’s use.

Grades K - 3 Hand-Out

St. Matthias School realizes the value of access to the Internet. It also recognizes the potential for abuse. In an effort to prevent such abuse, all students in grades Kindergarten to 3 are required to read, understand and sign St. Matthias’ Acceptable Use Policy (signed by both the student and his/her parent/guardian.) Access to the Internet is a privilege but also carries user responsibility.

Below you will find some simple guidelines that must be followed when a student is using the Internet. Please read this policy with your child very carefully. Upon signing the Policy, you agree to follow the guidelines set forth whenever the Internet is used in school.

Student access to and use of the Internet will be supervised at all times. St. Matthias School uses a filter to block unsuitable Internet sites. However, no filtering method is perfect. You will receive a more detailed description of the guidelines found in this Acceptable Use Policy, feel free to contact the school for answers to these requests.

GUIDELINES for Internet Use

  1. It is inappropriate to give out personal information (address, phone number, etc.) about myself or anyone else on the Internet.
  2. I will not visit chat rooms.
  3. I will not go to a website that is not approved by my teacher.
  4. I will not download any files unless they are approved by my teacher.
  5. I will use the Internet for educational reasons only.
  6. I will tell my teacher IMMEDIATELY if I come across any information that is racist, harmful to minors, hateful, or obscene, as these things are offensive to our Christian Faith.
  7. I will ask permission to use materials that belong to someone else, as some information is copyrighted.
  8. Technology hardware or software cannot be removed from school without permission.
  9. I will not purchase any products or services on the Internet.
  10. I will not try to bypass the filtering system on the computers.

Violation of the guidelines will result in suspension or loss of Internet privileges.

Grades 4 - 8 Hand-Out

St. Matthias School realizes the value of access to the Internet. It also recognizes the potential for abuse. In an effort to prevent such abuse, all students in grades 4 to 8 are required to read, understand and sign St. Matthias’ Acceptable Use Policy (signed by both the student and his/her parent/guardian.) Access to all forms of technology is a privilege, which requires responsibility on the part of the user.

Read the policy carefully before signing; this is a legally binding document. The purpose of Internet access at St. Matthias School is to support education by providing access to a wide range of resources and opportunities for collaborative work with other schools and agencies. Student access to, and use of, the Internet as well as other computer-related technology will be supervised at all times.

St. Matthias School uses a filter to block unsuitable internet sites. No filtering method is perfect. On a global market, it is impossible to filter all material and guarantee that no questionable material can be accessed.

You will receive a more detailed description of the rules found in this Acceptable Use Policy. If there are any further questions regarding St. Matthias’ Internet Policy, feel free to contact the school for answers to these requests.

Rules for Internet Use

  1. There can be NO attempt at bypassing the filtering and security measures installed on the system.
  2. There will be no vandalism to hardware, software, furniture, etc. You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading viruses or by any other means.
  3. there will be NO visiting any sites designated as inappropriate (pornographic, harmful to minors, offensive to our Christian faith, etc.). When given a specific assignment, students will be using the designated web page.
  4. If a student inadvertently visits a forbidden site, he/she will notify the teacher IMMEDIATELY.
  5. Respect for other’s privacy is of utmost importance. Transmitting personal information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.) about other students is forbidden. This also includes copying anyone else’s work.
  6. Students will NEVER send inappropriate, obscene, discriminatory, offensive or harassing e-mail.
  7. Students will not engage in plagiarism or violate any copyright laws.
  8. Students will not download programs of any kind to the computer’s hard drive or to floppy disks.
  9. Technology hardware or software will not be removed from the school without permission.
  10. The Internet will not be used to purchase any products or services.
  11. At the direction of the teacher, chat rooms may be accessed for educational forums only.

Violation of the above rules will result in one or ore of the following:

  1. Suspension or loss of internet privileges;
  2. Suspension or loss of all computer privileges;
  3. Additional disciplinary actions as warranted, determined by the nature of the violations.
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