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District Policies

The Charter school is governed by many of District 186's policies. An Acceptable Use policy specifically for the Charter school is under development. Until it is completed, staff and students should use the District Policy included below (it is not available online yet...) for guidance.

District 186 Acceptable Use Policy

Telecommunications - Instructional Resources

The network is provided for students and staff to conduct instructional and academic research and to facilitate communications with others. The network includes host computer systems, computers and work stations, communication networks, software and data files. District #186 reserves the right to monitor its computing resources to protect the integrity of the systems and lab facilities. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege - not a right and that access entails responsibility. Inappropriate use will result in a suspension or cancellation of electronic privileg

Acceptable Use:

Technology will be used for the purpose of education or research and be consistent with educational objectives of the District. Teachers are expected to have in place a management plan for student use of technology.

Unacceptable Use:

Springfield District #186 requires that students using electronic
information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of
acceptable use. Unacceptable uses of technology include, but are not
limited to the following:

  • Participating in any activity that is in violation of U.S. law, state law or District #186 Board Policy; Examples are: -unauthorized copying of any software -plagiarizing of violating any U.S. law, state law or school policy
  • Wasting school resources, such as: file space, paper, etc.;
  • Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
  • Invading the privacy or harassment of other users;
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized entry to any computer, network, file, database or communication without permission from the owner;
  • Posting anonymous messages;
  • Commercial or private advertising;
  • Private financial or commercial gain;
  • Vandalism, destruction of, damage to our unauthorized alteration of the District's equipment, software or hardware configurations or network security procedures;
  • Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing or displaying defamatory, inaccurate, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing or illegal material;
  • Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including but not limited to, overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users.


Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the
system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem in the school's computers, networks, or Internet connection, you must notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to others. Using someone else's password or trespassing in another's folders work or files without written permission is prohibited. Attempts to log on to the Internet as anyone but yourself may result in cancellation of user privileges.

Educator's Policy for Use of Computing and Networking Resources

The District provides computing resources to support the instructional and academic research activities of its students and staff. These resources are intended for the sole use of District employees and students, and include host computer systems, personal computers and work stations, communications networks, software, and data files. District 186 reserves the right to monitor its computing resources to protect the integrity of its computing systems and lab facilities. Accounts issued to individuals are intended for the sole use of only one individual and are nontransferable. The account owner is responsible for all use of the assigned account.

The following types of activities are examples of behavior that is unacceptable and/or unethical and shall constitute violations of District policy :

  • Altering system software or hardware configurations;
  • Accessing another individual's account, private files, or e-mail without permission from the owner;
  • Misrepresenting one's identity in electronic communication;
  • Violating rules of conduct set by electronic services subscribed to by the District;
  • Using computing or networking resources to threaten or harass others;
  • Using computing or networking resources for commercial or profit-making services without written authorization from the Superintendent;
  • Disobeying system policies, procedures or protocol.

Information available through computer and network systems, including the Internet, may be distracting and objectionable. Since computers may be visible or audible to others, sensitivity in viewing and listening to such materials is required and the classroom teachers'  management plan shall address the rules for student use.

Classroom teachers are responsible for content on a student posted web page such as the school newspaper.

Charter School Acceptable Use Policy

The Charter School Acceptable Use Policy is under construction. The draft is included. Once adopted by the Board of Directors; parents, students and teachers will need to read and sign the policy. It will then be kept on file in the main office. Infractions will be monitored and consequences will be imposed if necessary. Ultimately, teachers will be responsible for modeling the appropriate web etiquette and enforcing the guidelines outlined.

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