• Exhibit B - Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District

    Acceptable Use Policy for Students

    NOTE: In this policy “we”, “us”, “our”, and “HEBISD” mean the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and “you” and “your” mean the parent/guardian and the student enrolled in HEBISD indicated below.

    Access to the District’s technology resources is a privilege, not a right. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations governing use of the District’s technology resources and shall agree in writing to allow monitoring of their use and to comply with such regulations and guidelines. Noncompliance may result in suspension of access or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with District policies. [See DH, FN series, FO series, and the Student Code of Conduct] Violations of law may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the District.

    The following standards will apply to all users of the District’s electronic information/communications system:

    Online Conduct

    1. The individual in whose name a system account is issued will be responsible at all times for its proper use.
    2. The system may not be used for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or for any other activity prohibited by District policy or guidelines.
    3. System users may not disable, or attempt to disable, a filtering device on the District’s electronic communications system.
    4. Communications may not be encrypted so as to avoid security review by system administrators.
    5. System users may not use another person’s system account without written permission from the campus administrator or District coordinator, as appropriate.
    6. Students may not distribute personal information about themselves or others by means of the electronic communications system; this includes, but is not limited to, personal addresses and telephone numbers.
    7. Students should never make appointments to meet people whom they meet online and should report to a teacher or administrator if they receive any request for such a meeting.
    8. Students that identify or know about a cybersecurity problem are expected to convey the details of the issue to a teacher, counselor or administrator.
    9. System users must purge and/or make hard copies of electronic mail and file such in accordance with established retention guidelines. [See CPC]
    10. System users may not redistribute copyrighted programs or data except with the written permission of the copyright holder or designee. Such permission must be specified in the document or must be obtained directly from the copyright holder or designee in accordance with applicable copyright law, District policy, and administrative regulations.
    11. System users should avoid actions that are likely to increase the risk of introducing viruses to the system, such as opening e-mail messages from unknown senders and loading data from unprotected computers.
    12. System users may not upload public domain programs to the system. System users may not download public domain programs for their own use nor non-commercially redistribute a public domain program. System users are responsible for determining whether a program is in the public domain.
    13. System users may not send or post messages that are abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
    14. System users may not purposefully access materials that are abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
    15. System users should be mindful that use of school-related electronic mail addresses might cause some recipients or other readers of that mail to assume they represent the District or school, whether or not that was the user’s intention.
    16. System users may not waste District resources related to the electronic communications system.
    17. System users may not gain unauthorized access to resources or information.

    Network Etiquette

    System users are expected to observe the following network etiquette:

    1. Typing messages in capital letters are the computer equivalent of shouting and are considered rude; be polite.
    2. Swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited; use appropriate language.
    3. Pretending to be someone else when sending/receiving messages is considered inappropriate.
    4. Transmitting obscene messages, pictures, or other items deemed inappropriate is prohibited.
    5. When sending attachments with e-mail, consider whether a file may be too large to be accommodated by the recipient’s system or may be in a format unreadable by the recipient.
    6. Using the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users is prohibited.
    7. Transmitting sensitive personal information to or forwarding it to unauthorized individuals is prohibited.

    Vandalism Prohibited

    Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy District equipment or data or the data of another user of the District’s system or of any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet is prohibited. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance are violations of District policy and administrative regulations and may constitute criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws. Such prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses.

    Vandalism as defined above will result in the cancellation of system use privileges and will require restitution for costs associated with system restoration, as well as other appropriate consequences. [See DH, FN series, FO series, and the Student Code of Conduct.]

    Forgery Prohibited

    Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited. Attempts to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other system users, deliberate interference with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail, or the use of another person’s user ID and/or password is prohibited.

    Information Content, Third-Party Supplied Information

    System users and parents of students with access to the District’s system should be aware that, despite the District’s use of technology protection measures as required by law, use of the system may provide access to other electronic communications systems in the global electronic network that may contain inaccurate and/or objectionable material.

    A student who gains access to such material is expected to discontinue the access as quickly as possible and to report the incident to the supervising teacher.

    A student knowingly bringing prohibited materials into the school’s electronic environment will be subject to suspension of access and/or revocation of privileges on the District’s system and will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

    Termination/Revocation of System User Account

    Termination of a student’s access for violation of District policies or regulations will be effective on the date the principal or District coordinator receives notice of student withdrawal or of revocation of system privileges, or on a future date if so specified in the notice.