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HIBH Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technology

Adopted: April 28, 1997
Amended: May 10, 2005, April 15, 2013

Background

The Fort McMurray Public School District hereinafter referred to as the "District" or "FMPSD", employs complex Information and Communication Technology in carrying out its instructional and administrative functions.

Definitions

Information and Communication Technology (hereinafter referred to as ICT) includes, but is not limited to:  Computer Systems – both hardware and software, Data and Voice Networks, telephones, mobile devices, memory devices, video technology, digital media, Interactive White Boards, video projectors, and any other digital technology.

Hardware is a computer and the associated physical equipment directly involved in the performance of data-processing or communications functions.  This includes, but is not limited to:  system board, disk drives, keyboard, monitor, printer, digital camera, memory devices, etc.

Software is the instructions executed by a computer, as opposed to the physical device on which they run.

Policy

The Board believes that the appropriate use of ICT in the instructional process can signifi­cantly enhance learning outcomes, and further recognizes that ICT contributes substantially to the efficient management of the resources necessary to support the educational objectives. In order to ensure that this technology is reliable and used responsibly, the Board believes that all users must adhere to an acceptable standard of use of ICT. The Board believes this standard should apply to the use of ICT resources that are the property of the District or the use of privately-owned devices used on school District premises and/or during school-sponsored activities.

Procedures

1.   Every one who may have occasion to interact with the ICT of the District will abide by District guidelines for acceptable ICT use. The summary of the "Guidelines" of this policy will be included in each school's staff and student handbooks. (Exhibit A)

2.   Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in the actions outlined in the accompanying exhibit. (Exhibit B)

3.   At the beginning of each school year in grades 4, 7, amd starting High School, schools will distribute the Acceptable Use Agreement (Exhibit A) and the ICT Rules and Etiquette (Exhibit C):  1) to students and 2) as information to parents. (Exhibits A and C)

4.   The accompanying "Agreement to Comply" must be signed by students upon enrolment and staff upon employment who wish to gain access to the District's ICT.  Copies of the student's signed agreement will be kept on file at each respective school and transferred if the student moves to another school in the District.  Copies of the staff member's signed agreement will be kept in his/her personnel file at District Office. (Exhibits D and E)

5.   Failure to sign and return the "Agreement to Comply" may adversely affect an individual's ability to succeed at assignments and tasks given to him or her. The District and its personnel assume no responsibility or obligation in this event with the exception of providing access to computers for the writing of provincial exams or tests..

6.   Schools may adapt this policy to their individual needs provided the basic principles of the policy are maintained.

References

Legal Reference:

Criminal Code of Canada

Cross Reference:

Professional Code of Conduct of the ATA;
Criminal Code of Canada
School Discipline Policy
GDQ CUPE Discipline Policy
EGAAA Copyright
IF Student Rights and Responsibilities
GBEB Harassment in the Workplace
AE Safe and Caring Schools
GCPD Suspension and Dismissal of Professional Staff Members
IG Student Discipline
GDO Ethics and Business Conduct
GBCC Conflict of Interest
HIBH Exhibit A
HIBH Exhibit B
HIBH Exhibit C
HIBH Exhibit D
HIBH Exhibit E

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