Computer Technology, Networks and Acceptable Use
Phoenix Community Learning Center (PCLC) is pleased to offer students access to the Internet, a global electronic information infrastructure that will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and websites. Users will use the Internet to participate in learning activities, to ask questions and consult with experts, and to locate resources to meet their educational needs. PCLC provides access to the internet and technological resources for limited educational purposes. Any use of the school’s technological resources that are not authorized or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy, its accompanying guidelines and the student code of conduct/discipline standards is prohibited.
Access to network sources and district technology will be given to users who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent/Guardian permission is required for students. Access is a privilege and not a right. Access entails responsibility. Users are responsible for good behavior on the school computer network internet just as they are in the classroom or in the school hallways. Information on the network is public in nature and it is presumed the users will comply with the school district's standards and will honor the agreement they have signed. Educators will have the professional responsibility to work with students to help them develop the intellectual skills needed to discriminate among the information sources, to identify information appropriate to their age and developmental levels, and to evaluate and use information to meet their educational goals.
The network administrator has taken reasonable precautions to restrict access to controversial materiais. Several firewalls have been installed to block access to sex, violence and hate related sites. These firewalls are frequently reviewed and updated to maintain a safe environment for our users. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. PCLC believes that the benefits to users from access to the internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any possibility that users may retain any material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the PCLC. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Phoenix Community Learning Center supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to allow their child access to the internet.
PCLC will periodically make determinations whether specific uses of the network are consistent with this policy. PCLC reserves the right to log internet use, review user account activity, files and communications, and monitor utilization by users. Users should not expect that files, including email, stored on district servers would be private.
Students will be assigned a school email/Google account that they are required to utilize for all school-related electronic communications and to sign into the school computers. Students may only utilize a computer/the network/internet when they are signed in as themselves. Students are prohibited from signing into the computer using anything other than their own account. Further, as directed and authorized by their teachers, they shall use their school-assigned email account when signing-up/registering for access to various online educational services.
PHOENIX Community Learning Center makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing. Use of the information via the internet is at the user's own risk. The Phoenix Community Learning Center specifically denies responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through its internet connection.
Guidelines For Acceptable Use
- The use of the internet must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the educational objectives of PCLC.
- Users must adhere to current school district policies, student codes of conduct, local ordinances, state and federal laws, and international conventions. This includes, but is not limited to, regulations regarding copyrighted material, threatening material, obscene material or material protected by trade secret.
- Users are responsible for all activity in their files. They should never give out their passwords or allow anyone to use their account.
- Users engaging in any action prohibited by these aforementioned policies and laws or inconsistent with the internet code of conduct may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, forfeiture of access privileges and discipline under the student code of conduct.
Internet Code Of Conduct
- Users shall transmit, retrieve and/or store appropriate information only.
- Users shall safeguard computers and the network from destructive software, viruses, or computer code.
- Users shall respect the rights and property of others and shall not improperly access, misappropriate, or misuse the information of others, and take precautions to safeguard their own.
- Users shall only use software, hardware, and/or email provided by the district.
- Users must use computers in a responsible way.
- Users may not give out personal or family information such as phone numbers, credit card numbers, or home addresses via the internet.
- Transmission of obscene materials, sending or receiving offensive messages or pictures from any source is prohibited and will result in discipline under the student code of conduct.
Damages and Replacement Costs
If a user damages a district device while it is in their care, the below fee schedule will be used. The fee must be paid before the student will be allowed to use another school device or receive their final transcripts as this is an additional school fee.