North Albany Academy Computer Use Policy

Computer Use Policy

To promote educational excellence in district schools, the Board of Education recognizes the need to provide access to computers for staff and students. Access to computer networks, include the Internet, facilitates resource sharing, innovation, collaboration and communication.

The Board encourages computer use as an integral part of the curriculum. It is the user’s responsibility to access the Internet in support of education and academic research consistent with the educational objectives of the school district. The educational value of information and interaction available on the Internet outweigh the risk that users may obtain inappropriate or controversial materials.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish all rules, regulations, and procedures necessary to implement and maintain this policy.

Acceptable Use

Access to the district’s computer network is provided solely for educational and academic research purposes, professional development, communication and publication consistent with the district’s mission and goals.

Use of the district’s computer network is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate usage will result in the suspension or revocation of that privilege pending review by school administration.

Students whose accounts are denied, suspended or revoked have the right to request a written statement justifying the action taken by the system administrator. They may also submit a written appeal to the appropriate building principal and request a meeting with the principal, the student, parent/guardian (if under 18) and any other involved staff.

No Guarantee of Privacy

Staff and students using the district’s computer network should not expect, nor does the district guarantee privacy for electronic mail (e-mail) or any other use of the district’s computer networks. The district reserves the right to access and view materials stored on district equipment including computer networks.

District Responsibilities

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 the quality, availability, accuracy, nature or reliability of the service and/or information accessed. Each user is individually responsible for verifying the integrity and authenticity of the information that is used and provided. All materials over the Internet are assumed to be copyrighted.

The district will not be responsible for any damages incurred by any user, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions.

User Responsibilities

Use of an account must be in support of educational and academic research, professional development, communication and publication consistent with the district’s mission and goals.

Each individual in whose name an access account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use.

All network users are expected to abide by district policies, local, state and federal laws. Prohibited use of the computers and computer services shall include, but not limited to the following:

  • Unauthorized copying of software
  • Accessing or using the password of others
  • Revealing student account numbers to others
  • Unauthorized attempts to access or modify the system’s programs
  • Any malicious attempt to destroy the material of another user or the school district including uploading or creation of computer viruses.
  • Harassment of others by e-mail or by any other means
  • Loading of personal software or disks into the district’s computers and/or network, without permission of the system administrator.
  • Accessing data from a secure area
  • Accessing games and chat rooms
  • Intentional waste of school district resources including toner, printer memory, server memory, paper, etc.