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Electronic/ Cell Phone Policy

Electronic/ Cell Phone Policy



Computers, tablets, phones, and other electronic devices provide valuable opportunities for research, curriculum support, and career development. CECP offers Internet access to its students through school computers and WIFI. The primary purpose of providing access to the Internet is to support the educational mission of CECP. CECP expects that students will use this access in a manner consistent with this purpose. While the Internet is a tremendous resource for electronic information, it has the potential for abuse.

 

CECP makes no guarantees, implied or otherwise, regarding the factual reliability of data available over the Internet. Users of CECP’s Internet service assume full responsibility for any costs, liabilities, or damages arising from the way they choose to use their access to the Internet.


CECP has installed special filtering software in an effort to block access to material that is not appropriate for school. Students will have access to computers throughout the day in the student work area and WIFI access throughout the building on personal devices for use while not in a class. Students may NOT use a personal device during class for any reason unless specifically directed to do so by a staff member. Any use of a personal device during class time (this includes inside and outside of the classroom) or inappropriate use at any other time may result in immediate confiscation of the device and possible level 1 or level 2 consequences.


Prohibited Behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • using a personal device during class for any reason without being directed to do so by a staff member;
  • accessing unauthorized websites during class;
  • accessing questionable gaming or social media sites at any time;
  • accessing, sending, or forwarding materials or communications that are defamatory, pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, harassing, or illegal;
  • using the Internet service for any illegal activities such as gaining unauthorized access to other systems, arranging for the sale or purchase of drugs or alcohol, participating in criminal gang activity, threatening others, transferring obscene material, or attempting to do any of the above;
  • vandalizing school computers by causing physical damage, reconfiguring the computer system, attempting to disrupt the computer system, or destroying data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means;
  • plagiarizing material obtained from the Internet;
  • attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to the school network, email, or student information system;
  • using the Internet service for commercial purposes;
  • downloading or installing any commercial software, shareware, freeware or similar types of material onto network drives;
  • overriding the Internet filtering software.
 
Other Guidelines:
  • Unless you have permission, never reveal any identifying information such as last names, ages, addresses, phone numbers, parents' names, parents' employers or work addresses, or photographs.
  • Use the "back" key whenever you encounter a site that you believe is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Immediately tell a staff member if you receive a message that you believe is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never share your password or use another person's password. Internet passwords are provided for each user's personal use only. If you suspect that someone has discovered your password, you should change it immediately and notify the teacher.

Privacy Users should not have an expectation of privacy or confidentiality in the content of electronic communications or other computer files sent and received on the school computer network or stored in the user's directory or on a disk drive.


CECP reserves the right to examine all stored data involved in the user's use of CECP’s Internet service. Internet messages are public communication and are not private. All communications including text and images may be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without prior consent of the sender or the receiver. Network administrators may review communications to maintain integrity system-wide and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Violations


Access to CECP's computer and/or network is a privilege, not a right. CECP reserves the right to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user privileges and/or to take other disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for violations of this policy. The school will advise appropriate law enforcement agencies of illegal activities conducted through CECP’s computers and/or network. The school will also cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities perpetrated at the school or on school equipment or network.


Prohibited behaviors on a personal device may result in confiscation of the device used. The confiscated device may be returned to the student at the end of the day for the first offense. Repeated offenses will result in the device being returned only to a parent. Any violation of this policy may result in immediate level 1 or level 2 consequences.
 
updated July 2016