Electronic media encompasses access to information through computer-based means. This may include local area networks, wide area networks, the Internet, electronic mail (e-mail), commercial online services, or private or government funded online services. For purposes of this policy and procedure, the term "the system" is used interchangeably with "electronic media".
Studens may access the system only if their school's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) allows student access and if a designated permission form has been signed and submitted by parent/guardian or by the student if 18 years of age orolder. Faculty and staff of schools may only access the system if they have signed their school's Acceptable Use Agreement Form. Likewise, District central office personnel may only access the system if they have signed the FCPS Acceptable Use Agreement Form.
General school and District rules of behavior apply. For example, penalties for destruction or tampering with electronic files or equipment would be the same as penalties for destruction or tampering with any other District property. Ethical guidelines shall apply to students, faculty and staff of the District. Online communications are considered public in nature and rules for public behavior shall be followed by all persons using the system. Some material on the Internet andother systems may contain information that is illegal, inaccurate, defamatory, or possibly offensive to some people. The Distric't intent is to make access available for educaitonal purposes, bu individuals may find ways to access those other illegal or inappropriate materials as well. Individual users of the system are responsible for their behavior. All users of the system shall be obligated to report instances of illegal activity or use of hte system that may be deemed inappropriate to either a teacher, administrator, or a District employed network manager. The District will... [continues]
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