Computers and the Internet are available to students and staff to enhance the curriculum and promote educational excellence.  Use of school computers and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and access will be provided to those who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Information sent or received by e-mail, the Internet, or other means over the computers available to students and staff is the property of the Barnstable United Elementary School and the Barnstable Public Schools, and may be accessed at any time by the Barnstable United Elementary School and the Barnstable Public Schools for its review. In the event that a review reveals that this policy has been violated in any way, or that the privilege of using the computer and the Internet is being abused in any way, appropriate action will be taken against the individual or individuals involved.  Violations will be referred to a school administrator for disciplinary or legal action.  Building administrators will determine the consequence for inappropriate use that includes, but is not limited to, loss of computer/Internet use.  Some consequences may be based on policies established in the Student/Parent Handbook.  Federal and State law may cover other violations.  The Internet User Log shall be archived for a period of 6 months.


    Users May Not:

    1.   Change in any way the configuration of a computer or network without permission of instructional staff.

    2.   Damage or vandalize computers, computer systems, or networks.

    3.   Trespass in other’s folders, work, or files, or use another’s password.

    4.   Intentionally waste resources such as paper, ink cartridges, ribbons, storage space, diskettes, etc.

    5.   Use computers/Internet for any purpose that is inconsistent with the educational purpose intended.

    6.   Use computers/Internet to play non-educational games or other non-academic activities.

    7.   Use computers/Internet for commercial purposes.

    8.   Use computers/Internet for political lobbying.

    9.   Participate in any type of teleconferencing or chat without permission of instructional staff.   

    10. Use e-mail without instructional staff permission/supervision.

    11.  Send, display, or receive offensive messages, pictures, or other media, which are defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or intended to harass (cyberbullying).

    12. Use computers/Internet for the transmission of material in violation of U.S. or Massachusetts regulation.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or materials protected by trade secret.

    13. Download files, programs, or join listservs or newsgroups without express permission of instructional staff.

    14. Install personal software or share software on any Barnstable 4/5  School computer or District computer.


    Network Etiquette: 

    Users are expected to follow the rules of Network Etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:


    1.   Use of polite and appropriate language in messages.

    2.   Avoidance of information including; name, address, phone number, or any other revealing information.