Technology 4 Learning

Acceptable Use Policy of Electronic Media 

Internet access is available to students and staff in the Clinton City Schools District for the purpose of furthering the mission and educational goals of the district. Clinton City School District complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This policy is intended to prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communication; prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and the education of minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber-bullying awareness and response. 

Children's Internet Protection Act 

Clinton City Schools fully complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which took effect on April 20, 2001. Safety policies have been adopted and implemented to insure the safety and security of students using the internet and World Wide Web.

Internet Filtering and Inappropriate Usage 

Students and parents should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive. Therefore, students and staff must understand and practice proper ethical and legal use. All Internet access will be filtered for minors and adults on computers with Internet access provided by the school district. The District will use technology protection measures to block or filter, to the extent practicable, access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by CIPA. Students will not access the Internet independently. While the Internet is to be used for constructive education purposes only, students may try to find ways to access other materials as well. It is the user's responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Staff members shall make reasonable efforts to monitor student use of the District's network and equipment, but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. 

Rules of Network Etiquette 

Abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Be polite at all times. Do not use hurtful, abusive, or gossip-type language. Use appropriate "school" language.
  • Do not damage the computers, computer systems, or networks: or engage in other acts of  vandalism, which is defined as "any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user  or any agencies or networks that are connected to the system." This includes but is not limited  to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
  • Do not use the computer to harass, intimidate, or bully anyone. 
  • Use resources wisely, such as paper and print cartridges r another student.
  • Do not delete copy, modify, impersonate, other users or forge other users' names, emails files,  or data. 
  • Respect copyright laws by not plagiarizing information and citing all sources. 
  • Do not use the network in such a way as to disrupt its use by others. Users will not use the  network resources for non-academic purposes. 

User Privileges 

Access to the District's technology resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the loss of those privileges. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of District property, network and/or Internet access or files, including e-mail. Clinton City Schools reserves the right to review any material on user accounts and to monitor fileserver space in order to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. Student's use of electronic media may be revoked, denied, or suspended at the request of the faculty or staff. All users are required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of the rules governing use of technology resources and will agree to follow these rules by signing an Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement. The signed form should be returned to the student's homeroom teacher no later than two weeks after the beginning of the school year or date of enrollment. 

Google Apps for Education 

Annually, each child will receive a Google Apps for Education document. Because Google Apps for Education is a commercial suite of tools, Clinton City Schools I required to parental permission for students under the age of 13 to utilize these applications. This requirement is governed by federal laws and local school board policies. Internet filtering is in place throughout the system for security purposes and to comply with CIPA and COPPA regulations. Signed parent permission is mandatory before students can be assigned a computer and a Google account. Students without these permissions will not be able to experience the array of learning activities that are provided through this technology in the classroom. 

1:1 Program in Grades 4-6 

Clinton City Schools has implemented a 1:1 technology program called "Technology for Learning" (T4L) which provides a Chromebook for each student in grades 4-6. This program is funded by the City of Clinton and Clinton city Schools. Through this program each student has the privilege of being issued a Chromebook in the 4th grade that follows them through the end of their 6th grade year. This Chromebook is utilized as an instructional resource. 

At the end of the student's 6th grade year, he/she may qualify to take the Chromebook home if they have been continuously enrolled in Clinton City Schools for grades 4, 5, and 6. These requirements were recommended and approved by both funding bodies.