DESCRIPTOR TERM:                                                                                       District 370 Policy

                                                                                                                             File Code:  7.30

                                                                                                                             File Code: 3270

                                                                                                                             File Code: 3270p

      Instructional Program


      Technology - Acceptable Usage & Internet Safety                                      1997           5-12-97

                                                                                                Amended & Adopted  1998           8-10-98

                                                                                                Amended & Adopted  1998           9-14-98

                                                                                                Amended & Adopted  2006             1-9-06

                                                                                                Amended & Adopted  2011           2-14-11

                                                                                                Amended & Adopted  2012           3-12-12

3270P Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks                                          Adopted  2017           4-10-17

3270 District Provided Access to Electronic Info-Services-Networks       Adopted  2017           4-10-17

General Information

Learning is enhanced through technology's endless possibilities.  Students and teachers have opportunities to gather information, communicate with people all over the world, and create their own products.  Homedale School District provides students and staff with technology services including access to computers, servers, other technology equipment, electronic mail, and the Internet.  Users should be aware that communications on the network are public in nature and files stored on the network should not be assumed to be private.

Homedale Joint School District No. 370

STUDENTS                                                                                            3270

District Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks

Internet access and interconnected computer systems are available to the District’s students and 

faculty. Electronic networks, including the internet, are a part of the District’s instructional 

program in order to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, 

and communication.

In order for the District to be able to continue to make its computer network and internet access 

available, all users, including students, must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use 

of this access. Students utilizing school-provided internet access are responsible for good 

behavior online. The same general rules for behavior apply to students’ use of District-provided 

computer systems. Students must understand that one student’s misuse of the network and internet 

access may jeopardize the ability of all students to enjoy such access. While the District’s 

teachers and other staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise use of network and internet 

access, they must have student cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use of this 

access and students must be held responsible and accountable for their own conduct.


In accordance with this policy and the Board’s philosophy to ensure the safety of all students, the 

District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional component for internet safety which 

shall be integrated into the District’s regular instructional program. In compliance with the 

Children’s Internet Protection Act this instruction will include information on the safe use of 

social networking sites and instant messaging, the characteristics of cyber-bullying, and 

recommended responses.

The use of the District’s electronic networks shall be consistent with the curriculum adopted by 

the District, as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and 

developmental levels of the students, and shall comply with the selection criteria for 

instructional materials and library-media center materials. Staff may, consistent with the 

District’s educational goals, use  the internet throughout the curriculum.

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


Acceptable Uses of Network

The District provides students with an electronic network to support education and research and for 

the conduct of school business. Student personal use of computers that is consistent with the 

District’s educational mission may be permitted during class when authorized by a student’s teacher 

or appropriate administrator. Personal use of District computers and networks outside of class is 

permissible, but must comply with District policy. Use is a privilege, not a  right. Students have 

no expectation of privacy in any materials that are stored, transmitted, or received via the 

District’s electronic network or District computers. The District reserves the right to access, 

monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store, at any time and without prior notice, any and  all usage 

of the computer network and internet access and any and all information transmitted  or

received in connection with such usage, including email and instant messages.

Unacceptable Uses of Network

The following are considered examples of unacceptable uses and constitute a violation of this 

policy. Additional unacceptable uses can occur other than those specifically listed or enumerated 


1. Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law, including but not limited to 

transmitting offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale, use, or purchase any substance the 

possession or use of which is prohibited by the District’s student discipline policy, local, State, 

or federal law; viewing, transmitting, or downloading pornographic materials or materials that 

encourage others to violate local, State, or federal law; information pertaining to the manufacture 

of weapons; intruding into the networks or computers of others; and downloading or transmitting 

confidential, trade secret  information, or copyrighted materials;

2.  Uses that cause harm to others or damage their property, person, or reputation, including   but 

not limited to engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies);  employing another’s 

password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone 

other than you is communicating; reading another person’s communications; sharing another person’s 

pictures, private information, or messages without their permission; or otherwise using his or her 

access to the network or the internet;

3.  Uploading a worm, virus, other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating  in 

“hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or other 

information. Users will immediately notify the school's system administrator if they have 

identified a possible security problem. Users will not go looking for security  problems, because 

this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.

4. Uses amounting to harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, or cyber-bullying defined as using a 

computer, computer system, or computer network to convey a message in any format, including audio 

or video, text, graphics photographic, or any combination thereof, that is intended to harm another 


5. Uses that jeopardize the security of student access and of the computer network or other 

networks on the internet; uses that waste District resources including downloading very large files 

without permission from a teacher, unnecessary printing, and consuming excess file space on shared 


6. Uses that are commercial transactions, including commercial or private advertising.  Students 

and other users may not sell or buy anything over the internet.  Students and  others should not 

give personal information to others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers.

7. The promotion of election or political campaigns, issues dealing with private or charitable 

organizations or foundations, ballot issues, or proselytizing in a way that presents such opinions 

as the view of the District.

8. Sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading obscene materials, materials harmful to  minors, or 

materials that depict the sexual exploitation of minors.

9. Disclosing identifying personal information or arranging to meet persons met  on  the internet 

or by electronic communications; sharing one’s password with others or allowing them to use one’s 


10. Downloading, installing, or copying software or other files without authorization of the 

Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee.

11. Posting or sending messages anonymously or using a name other than one’s own.

12. Attempting to bypass internal or external security systems or controls using District 

equipment.  Students and staff may only access the internet using the District network.

13. Plagiarism of material accessed online. Teachers will instruct students in appropriate research 

and citation practices.

14. Using the network while access privileges are revoked.

Internet Safety

Each District computer with internet access shall have a filtering device that blocks access to 

visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, harmful, or inappropriate for students, as 

defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or 


The District will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or 

technological means, to ensure that students are not accessing such depictions or other material 

that is inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the 

use of such filtering devices.

The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 

[h][7]), as any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or 

excretion; or

2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect  to  what  is 

suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated 

normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;

And, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to 


The term “harmful to minors” is also defined in Section 18-1514(6), Idaho Code as which provides:

1. The quality of any material or of any performance of any description or representation, in 

whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse, when it:

A. Appeals to the prurient interest of minors as judged by the average person, applying 

contemporary community standards; and

B. Depicts or describes representations or descriptions of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual 

excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse which are patently offensive to prevailing standards in the 

adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors and includes, but is not 

limited to, patently offensive representations or descriptions of:

I.    Intimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated; or

II. Masturbation, excretory functions, or lewd exhibits of the genitals or genital area. Nothing 

herein contained is intended to include or proscribe any matter which, when considered as a whole, 

and in context in which it is used, possesses serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific 

value for minors, according to prevailing standards in the adult community, with respect to what is 

suitable for minors.

2.  The quality of any material or of any performance, or of any description or representation,  in 

whatever form, which, as a whole, has the dominant effect of substantially arousing sexual desires 

in persons under the age of 18 years.

Internet Filtering

Filtering is only one of a number of techniques used to manage student’s access to the internet and 

encourage acceptable usage. It is not viewed as a foolproof approach to preventing access to 

material considered inappropriate or harmful to minors. Anything that falls under at least one of 

the categories below shall be blocked and filtered. This list will be  updated/modified  as 


1. Nudity/ pornography: Prevailing U.S. standards for nudity, provocative semi-nudity, sites which 

contain pornography or links to pornographic sites;

2. Sexuality: Sites which contain material of a mature level, images or descriptions of sexual 

aids, descriptions of sexual acts or techniques, sites which contain inappropriate personal ads;

3. Violence: Sites which promote violence, images or description of graphically violent acts, 

graphic autopsy or crime-scene images;

4. Crime: Information on performing criminal acts (e.g., drug or bomb making, computer hacking), 

illegal file archives (e.g., software piracy);

5. Drug Use: Sites which promote the use of illegal drugs, material advocating the  use of illegal 

drugs (e.g. marijuana, LSD) or abuse of any drug. Exception: material with valid- educational use;

6. Tastelessness: Images or descriptions of excretory acts (e.g., vomiting, urinating), graphic 

medical images outside of a medical context;

7. Language/Profanity: Passages/words too coarse to be softened by the word filter, profanity 

within images/sounds/multimedia files, adult humor;

8. Discrimination/Intolerance: Material advocating discrimination (e.g., racial or religious 

intolerance); sites which promote intolerance, hate, or discrimination;

9. Interactive Mail or Chat: Sites which contain or allow inappropriate email correspondence, sites 

which contain or allow inappropriate chat areas:

10. Inappropriate Banners:  Advertisements containing inappropriate images or words;

11. Gambling:  Sites which allow or promote online gambling;

12. Weapons: Sites which promote illegal weapons, sites which promote the use of illegal weapons;

13. Self-Harm: Sites containing content on self harm including cutting, and sites that  encourage 

anorexia, bulimia, etc.; and

14. Judgment Calls: Whether a page is likely to have more questionable material in the future 

(e.g., sites under construction whose names indicate questionable material)

Filtering should also be used in conjunction with:

1.   Educating students to be “Net-smart”;

2. Using recognized internet gateways as a searching tool and/or homepage for students, in order to 

facilitate access to appropriate material;

3.   Using “Acceptable Use Agreements”;

4. Using behavior management practices for which internet access privileges can be earned or lost; 


5.   Appropriate supervision, either in person and/or electronically.

The system administrator and/or building principal shall monitor student internet access.

The Technology Coordinator shall set a process for reviewing student claims that access has been 

denied to internet material that is not within the prohibitions of this policy and for unblocking 

such materials when appropriate.

Review of filtering technology and software shall be done on a periodic basis and is the 

responsibility of the Technology Coordinator. It shall be the responsibility of the Technology 

Coordinator to bring to the Superintendent or designee any suggested modification of the  filtering 

system and to address and assure that the filtering system meets the standards of Idaho Code 

18-1514 and any other applicable provisions of Chapter 15, Title 18, Idaho Code.

Confidentiality of Student Information

Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on 

the internet without the permission of a parent or guardian and the student or, if the student is 

18 or over, the permission of the student. Students should be aware that conduct on the District’s 

computer or using the District’s server may be subject to public disclosure depending upon the 

nature of the communication. Users should never give out private or confidential information about 

themselves or others on the internet, particularly credit card numbers and social security numbers. 

Staff members may approve exceptions in the case of applications for college or employment. A 

supervising teacher or administrator may authorize the release of directory information, as defined 

by law, for internal administrative purposes or approved educational projects and activities.

Student Use of Social Media

Students will be held accountable for the content of the communications that they post on social 

media websites and are responsible for complying with District policy. Students may not disrupt the 

learning atmosphere, educational programs, school activities, or the rights of others.

All requirements of this policy apply to use of social media through the District network or 

equipment or as part of a class assignment.

Internet Access Conduct Agreements

Each student will be required to agree to the Internet Access Conduct Agreement at the time of each 

login to access the District’s computer system and/or internet service.


The District makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, in connection with its  provision 

of access to and use of its computer networks and the internet provided under this policy. The 

District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when 

using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via  the internet. The 

District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the 

internet, and any user is fully responsible to the District and shall indemnify and hold the 

District, its trustees, administrators, teachers, and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, 

claims, or damages resulting from such user’s access to its computer network and the internet, 

including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by 

the user. The user or, if the user is a minor, the user’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) agrees to 

cooperate with the District in the event the school initiates an investigation of a user’s use of 

his or her access to its computer network and the internet.


If any user violates this policy, the student’s access to the District’s internet system and 

computers will be denied, if not already provided, or withdrawn and he or she may be subject to 

additional disciplinary action. The system administrator or the building principal will make all 

decisions  regarding  whether  or  not  a  user  has  violated  this  policy and  any  related  

rules or regulations and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time, with his or her decision being 

final. Actions which violate local, State, or federal law may be referred to the local law 

enforcement agency.

If the actions of the individual are also in violation of other District discipline policies, said 

student shall be subject to additional possible disciplinary action based upon these policies.

Internet Safety Coordinator

The Superintendent shall serve, or appoint someone to serve, as “Internet Safety Coordinator” with 

responsibility and authority for ensuring compliance with the requirements of federal law, State 

law, and this policy. The Internet Safety Coordinator shall develop and maintain administrative 

procedures to enforce the provisions of this policy and coordinate with the appropriate District 

personnel regarding the internet safety component of the District’s curriculum. The Internet Safety 

Coordinator shall handle any complaints about the enforcement of this policy or refer them to other 

appropriate personnel depending on the nature of the complaint.

The Internet Safety Coordinator shall maintain documentation evidencing that instruction by school 

personnel on internet safety is occurring District wide.

Public Notification

The Internet Safety Coordinator shall inform the public via the main District webpage of the 

District’s procedures regarding enforcement of this policy and make them available for review at 

the District office.

Submission to State Department of Education

This policy shall be filed with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction every five years  

after initial submission and subsequent to any edit to this policy thereafter.

Cross Reference:      3330    Student Discipline

Legal Reference:     I.C. § 33-132 Local School Boards Internet Use Policy Required

I.C. § 18-1514(6) Obscene Materials - Definitions

20 U.S.C. § 9134(f) Children’s Internet Protection Act 20 U.S.C. § 7131 Internet Safety

Policy History: Adopted on: 04/10/17 Revised on:

Previous Policy 7.30 Instructional Program, Technology-Acceptable Usage & Internet Safety

Homedale Joint School District No. 370   

STUDENTS                                                                                            3270P                    

Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks

All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting 

educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These 

procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behaviors by users. However, some 

specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these procedures will result in 

the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.

Terms and Conditions

1.   Acceptable Use:  Access to the District’s electronic networks must be:

A. For the purpose of education or research and consistent with the educational objectives of the 

District; or

B.  For legitimate business use.

2. Privileges: The use of the District’s electronic networks is a privilege, not a right, and 

inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator and/or 

building principal will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these 

procedures, and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time. An appeal of such decisions may be 

made to the Superintendent within seven days.  His or her decision is final.

3. Unacceptable Uses: The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the 

network.  Some examples of unacceptable uses are the following:

A. Using the network for any illegal activity, or to access websites encouraging illegal activity 

including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of 

any U.S. or State law;

B.  Accessing information pertaining to the manufacture of weapons;

C.  Uses that cause harm to others or damage property;

D. Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or de- virused;

E.  Downloading copyrighted material;

F.   Using the network for private financial or commercial activities;

G.  Wastefully using resources, such as file space;

H. Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities; uploading a worm, 

virus, or other harmful form of programming;

I. Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, 

and use of information of a personal nature about anyone;

J. Using another user’s account or password or some other user identifier that misleads message 

recipients into believing that someone other than you is communicating;

K.  Posting material authored or created by another, without his or her consent;

L.   Posting anonymous messages;

M. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;

N. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, 

obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, bullying, or 

illegal material; and

O.  Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked;

P. Promotion of political, personal, or religious causes in a way that presents  such  opinions as 

the view of the District;

Q. Disclosing identifying personal information or arranging to meet persons met on the internet or 

by electronic communications;

R.  Any other unacceptable uses as outlined in District Policy 3270.

4. Network Etiquette: The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network 

etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

A.  Be polite.  Do not become abusive in messages to others.

B. Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

C. Do not reveal personal information (including the addresses or telephone numbers) of students or 


D. Recognize that e-mail is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. 

Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

E.  Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.

F. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.

5. No Warranties: The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for 

the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. 

This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service 

interruptions caused by its negligence or the user’s errors or omissions. Use of any information 

obtained via the internet is at the user’s own risk.  The District specifically  denies any 

responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

6. Indemnification: The user agrees to indemnify the District for any losses, costs, or damages 

(including reasonable attorney fees) incurred by the District, relating to or arising out of any 

violation of these procedures.

7. Security: Network security is a high priority.  If the user can identify a security problem on  

the internet, the user must notify the system administrator, Internet Safety Coordinator, or 

building principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password 

confidential. Do not use another individual’s account. Attempts to log on to the internet as a 

system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a 

security risk may be denied access to the network.

8. Vandalism: Vandalism will result in the cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary 

action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the 

internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of 

computer viruses.

9. Telephone Charges: The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, 

including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minute surcharges, or equipment or line 


10. Copyright Web Publishing Rules: Copyright law and District policy  prohibit  the republishing 

of text or graphics found on the internet or on District websites or file servers, without explicit 

written permission.

A. For each republication on a website or file server of a graphic or text file that was produced 

externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer and 

noting how and when permission was granted. If possible, the notice should also include the website 

address of the original source.

B. Students engaged in producing website pages must provide library media specialists  with e-mail 

or hard copy permissions before the website pages are published. Printed evidence of the status of 

“public domain” documents must be provided.

C. The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. 

Only the copyright owner may provide the permission. The manager of the website displaying the 

material may not be considered a source of permission.

D. The “fair use” rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent and permit 

limited use of graphics and text.

E. Student work may only be published if there is written permission from both the parent/guardian 

and the student.

F. Violation of the copyright web publishing rules may result in denial of access to the network.

11. Use of Electronic Mail.

A. The District’s electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data files, 

are owned and controlled by the District. The District provides e-mail to aid students in 

fulfilling their duties and responsibilities and as an education tool.

B. Email could be subject to public records requests and disclosures depending upon the subject 

matter of the contents of the email.

C. The District reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its 

system, without prior notice or permission from the account’s user. Unauthorized  access by any 

student to an electronic mail account is strictly prohibited.

D. Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message that would 

be put into a written memorandum or document. Nothing should be transmitted in an e-mail message 

that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.

E. Electronic messages transmitted via the District’s internet gateway carry with them an 

identification of the user’s internet “domain.” This domain name is a registered domain name and 

identifies the author as being with the District. Great care should be taken, therefore, in the 

composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the name and reputation of this 

District. Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail 

messages transmitted to external recipients.

F. Any message received from an unknown sender via the internet should either be immediately 

deleted or forwarded to the system administrator. Downloading any file attached to any 

internet-based message is prohibited, unless the user is certain of that message’s authenticity and 

the nature of the file so transmitted.

G.  Use of the District’s electronic mail system constitutes consent to these regulations.

Internet Safety

1.   Internet access is limited to only those “acceptable uses,” as detailed in these procedures.

2. Staff members shall supervise students while students are using District internet access at 

school, to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for Internet access, as 

contained in these procedures.

3. Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual 

depictions that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful or inappropriate for students as defined by 

the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. 

Students must use the District’s filtered network for all online activities on school grounds or 

using District equipment.

4.   The system administrator and/or building principals shall monitor student Internet access.

Student Use of Social Media

Students will be held accountable for the content of the communications that they post on social 

media locations and are responsible for complying with District policy and procedures  for content 

posted using a District computer, network, or software or when posted during school hours when the 

student is in attendance at school. Student posts on social media locations  outside of school 

hours and school grounds using a personal computer, network, and software shall be private as long 

as they do not enter into the educational setting and interfere with the orderly operation of the 

school. Posts to social network sites using a District computer, network, or software may be 

subject to public records requests. Students may not disrupt the learning atmosphere, educational 

programs, school activities, or the rights of others.

All of the requirements and prohibitions in District policy and procedure apply to  the use of 

social media on school grounds, through the District network or using District equipment, or as 

part of a class assignment.

Policy History: Adopted on:    04/10/17

Revised on: