P.O. Box 629
Sneedville, TN 37869
Phone: (423) 733-2591
Mike Antrican, Director of Schools
USE POLICY (AUP)
of Electronic Media
USE: The purpose of Hancock County's AUP provision of access to the Internet is
to support research and education in and among schools and academic
institutions in the U.S.
by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative
work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and
consistent with the educational objectives of the Hancock County School System.
Transmission of any materials in violation of any U.S. or state organization is
prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material,
threatening or obscene material, or materials protected by trade secret. Use
for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is not acceptable. Use for
product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. The Hancock County School System will integrate
Internet safety in the K-12 curriculum and instruction. Students will be given appropriate
instruction in Internet safety as a part of any instruction utilizing computer
resources. Students will be educated on appropriate online behavior, including
interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat
rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. Internet safety information
will be provided for students, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and community
stakeholders via the school system’s website, www.hancockcountyschools.com ,
in order to raise awareness of the dangers posed by the Internet and ways in
which the Internet may be used safely.
Professional development opportunities for teachers and staff will be
provided for the school district. The
Hancock County Board of Education will review, evaluate, and revise this policy
The use of Hancock
network services is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, and inappropriate use may result
in a cancellation of those privileges for faculty as well as students. The
network administrator, Director of Schools, and school board will deem what is
inappropriate use, take appropriate action and determine consequence. Also, the
network administrator may close an account or deny access at any time as
required. The Director of Schools and/or school board may request the network
administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.
(NETWORK ETIQUETTE): The use of an account/access requires that you abide by
accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to,
BE POLITE. Do not send abusive messages to ANYONE.
USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE. In all messages, do not swear or use vulgarities or
any other inappropriate language. Anything pertaining to illegal activities is
PRIVACY. Do not reveal the personal address
or phone numbers of yourself or any other person. All communications and
information accessible via the network should be assumed private property. Do
not forward/distribute an email message without permission from the author.
Conduct relating to or in support of illegal activities must be reported to
appropriate authorities. Note that the school network and e-mail is not
guaranteed to be private.
While electronic information resources offer
tremendous opportunities of educational value, they also offer persons with
illegal or unethical purposes avenues for reaching students, teachers, and
others, including parents. The following represent some of the inappropriate
uses that may occur:
copyrighted material in reports without permission
"Chat" (IRC) without prior approval in writing from the
Principal, Director of Schools, or Technology Coordinator. The teacher
then assumes responsibility for proper conduct!
the network to access a file that contains pornographic pictures or other
the network to send/receive messages that are racist
the network to send/receive inflammatory messages
a computer virus and placing it on the network
the network to send/receive a message with someone else's name on it
the network to send/receive/display a message or picture that is offensive
the network to access data that may be considered to be vulgar and/or
the network to request home phone numbers and, later, making obscene phone
calls to the numbers
the network to provide addresses or other personal information that others
may use inappropriately
the network for “hacking” or other unlawful activities
the network for “bullying” or harassment
the network for business transactions
the network for gambling
the network to harass, insult, defame or attack others
computers, computer systems or computer networks
in another’s folders, work or files
misuse of resources
another’s password or other identifier (impersonation)
the network for commercial purposes
or selling on the Internet
Hancock County Schools provide filtered Internet access to every school for
instructional and administrative purposes.
Although filtered Internet is provided and is deemed sufficient to
protect minors, it is possible for students to access inappropriate
material. Therefore, students are
responsible for appropriate conduct using the Internet/network. Students are permitted access to the Internet
with a signed Acceptable Use Policy. Hancock County Schools will not be
responsible for any damages you may suffer. Use of any information obtained via
Hancock County School's
network services is at your own risk. We deny any responsibility for the
accuracy or quality of information obtained through network services. Users with network access shall not utilize
district resources to establish electronic mail accounts through third-party
providers or any other nonstandard electronic mail system. All data including e-mail communications stored
or transmitted on the school system computers and personal computers/devices
which are allowed to be used at the school shall be monitored. Personal laptops
and electronic devices and the content of the devices are subject to search by
a teacher and administrator at any time without permission. Students/teachers
should have no expectation of privacy with regard to such data. E-mail correspondence may be a public record
under the public records law and may be subject to public inspection. Students
must understand that the use of personal computers/devices in the classroom is
at the teacher’s discretion and must support instructional activities. Personal
computers/devices allowed to be used in the school will be treated as school
property. Students must abide by the rules of this policy when allowed to use
personal computers/devices on the school network. Failure to abide by these
rules and regulations when using personal computers/devices will result in the
equipment being confiscated.
V. VANDALISM: Vandalism may result in cancellation of
privileges and/or criminal prosecution. This includes, but is not limited to,
contamination, deletion or reconfiguration of data or degradation of system
performance in any way.
VI. SANCTIONS OR CONSEQUENCES:
- 1st Offense - Banned from Internet for a period of six
months. After the first offense, parents/guardian must meet with the
Principal, Director of Schools, and Technology Coordinator prior to
students receiving Internet access.
- 2nd Offense - Banned from Internet access for a period of
one calendar year. After the 2nd offense, parents/guardian must meet
with the Principal, Director of Schools, and Technology Coordinator prior
to students receiving Internet access again.
- 3rd Offense -
Banned from Internet access forever (through Hancock County Schools).
Teachers of the Hancock County School System
shall promote this agreement with the student. Teachers will instruct the
student on acceptable use and safety of the Internet/network and proper network
etiquette. Teachers will report any misuse of the information system to the Hancock County School's
network administrator. Misuse can come in many forms, but can be viewed as any
messages/pictures sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography,
unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and
other issues described above.
Parental consent shall be required prior to the
student being granted access to electronic media involving district
technological resources. This policy
must be signed by the parent/legal guardian of minor students (those under 18
years of age) and also by the student. This signed policy shall be valid unless
the parent/legal guardian provides a
written notice that consent is withdrawn.
In order to rescind the agreement, the student’s parent/legal guardian
(or the student who is at least 18 years old) must provide the Director of
Schools with a written request. Violations of this policy or a procedure
promulgated under its authority shall be handled in accordance with the
existing disciplinary procedures of the school district.
"I understand and will abide by the
above Terms and Conditions. I further understand that any violation of the
regulation above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit
any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action
may be taken and/or appropriate legal action pursued."
Signature:______________________________ Date :___/___/___
Parent or Guardian Network
Responsibility Contract (If user is under the age of 18, a parent or
guardian must also read and sign this agreement.) As the parent or guardian of
this student, I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions for use set
forth above pertaining to accessing the Internet/network and using the Internet
work services. I understand that these privileges are designed for educational
purposes. I will not hold Hancock County Schools responsible for material
acquired or problems related to the use of the material acquired on the Internet/network.
I hereby give my permission for my child to utilize the Internet/network and
certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
Parent or Guardian Name(please print):_______________________________________
Signature:_________________________________________ Date :___/___/___