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Computer Usage Policy

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New Hope Education, Inc.

Computer Usage Policy

To promote educational excellence At New Hope Christian Academy, the Board of New Hope Education, Inc. recognizes the need to provide access to computers for staff and students, and understands that technology offers students a wide variety of educational resources. Access to computer networks facilitates resource sharing, innovation, collaboration and communication. The Board offers computer use as part of the curriculum.

It is the school’s goal to educate students about efficient, ethical, and appropriate use of these resources. It is the user’s responsibility to access the Internet in support of education and academic research consistent with the educational objectives and goals of the school. 

The Board authorizes the Head of School to establish all rules, regulations, and procedures necessary to implement and maintain this policy. 

Acceptable Use

Access to the New Hope Education, Inc. computer network is provided solely for educational and academic research purposes, professional development, communication and publication consistent with the school’s mission and goals. Educational and academic purposes include designated teacher assignments and/or educational research activities during the school day and extended care programs. Because it is impossible to anticipate all ways in which individuals may use these resources, the intent of this policy is for guided application of our principles. 

Use of the school’s computer network is a privilege, not a right. Permission for the use of computers, the Internet and other technology resources will be granted to students who have received appropriate training. The signed agreement form is required. 

No Guarantee of Privacy

Monitoring User/Network Activity: In order to enforce policy statements regarding use of New Hope computer systems, New Hope Education, Inc. reserves the right to monitor its user’s activity on the computer\networked systems. Monitoring will be performed on both a routine and random basis by system administrators for the purpose of assuring quality performance and appropriate use of school technology. In addition, New Hope may from time to time need to access messages and or files for back up, maintenance, and other administrative purposes. The school administration reserves the right to access and view materials stored on school equipment including computer networks. Staff and students using the school’s computer network should not expect, nor does the administration guarantee privacy for electronic mail (e-mail) or any other use of the school’s computer networks.

School’s Responsibilities

New Hope Education, Inc. makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The school will not be responsible for the quality, availability, accuracy, nature or reliability of the service and/or information accessed. All materials over the Internet are assumed to be copyrighted.

The school will not be responsible for any damages incurred by any user, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, wrong deliveries or service interruptions.

In addition to this policy, New Hope Education, Inc. also uses Internet filtering software to protect our students from inappropriate Internet material. Although no filtering software is 100 percent effective, this policy and the Internet filtering software will provide a high level of protection for our students. Further, New Hope Education, Inc. will provide age (grade) appropriate supervision of students while using technological resources including, but not limited to computers, the Internet, electronic devices, recording and photographic equipment and training that spells out appropriateness, general instruction, and technology etiquette.

Technology Disclaimer

The Internet user and his/her parent/guardian must understand that he/she uses the Internet at his/her own risk. Considering the provisions mentioned above, New Hope Education, Inc. cannot assume responsibility for:
• The reliability of the content of a source. Students, with guidance from teachers, must evaluate and cite sources appropriately.
• Inappropriate material that bypasses the web filtering software.
• Costs incurred if a student requests a product or a service for a fee.
• Any consequences of disruption in service that may result in lack of resources. Though every effort will be made to insure a reliable connection, there may be times when the Internet service is down or scheduled for use by teachers, classes, or other students.

User Responsibilities (student/staff)

The user will strive to act in all situations with honesty, integrity, and respect for the rights of others. The user will make a concerted effort to be a good testimony to fellow students, to faculty, staff and others with whom he/she interacts. 

The user shall use school computers for educational purposes only. Educational purposes include designated teacher assignments and/or educational self-discovery activities during the school day and during extended care programs. Use of an account must be in support of educational and academic research, professional development, communication and publication consistent with the district’s mission and goals.

Each individual in whose name an access account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use. 

All network users are expected to abide by school policies, local, state and federal laws. Prohibited use of the computers and computer services shall include, but not limited to the following:

General Computer Use

  • Unauthorized copying of software
  • Accessing or using the password of others
  • Revealing student/staff account numbers to others
  • Unauthorized attempts to access or modify the system’s programs
  • Any malicious attempt to destroy the material of another user or the school including uploading or creation of computer viruses.
  • Harassment of others by e-mail or by any other means
  • Downloading or installing any type of software or other items, be it commercial software, shareware, malicious software, or freeware, onto network drives or disks, without direct teacher instructions.
  • Engaging in illegal activity.
  • Accessing data from a secure area
  • Intentional waste of school resources including toner, printer memory, server memory, paper, etc.
  • Deliberately attempting to disrupt the computer by hitting the power or sleep buttons, or by any other method, including vandalism.
  • Disabling programs.
  • Horseplay or rough behavior that results in damage to computer equipment. Such action will result in disciplinary action and remuneration of broken equipment.
  • Reproducing copyrighted material without explicit written permission.
  • Plagiarize. Students shall stay within the bounds of the “fair use doctrine” of copyright law and must cite the source of information taken from the Internet. Students who plagiarize will be subject to academic penalties.
  • Downloading, listening to, or watching music, video, picture, or similar files unless specific permission is given by a staff member and the files are directly related to use for a school approved project. Under no circumstances may files be downloaded for a portable electronic device.
  • Post or publish inappropriate messages or information

Internet Usage

  • Users shall not use the Internet for purchasing products or services.
  • Users shall not play a computer game that allows them to communicate with anyone on the Internet (multi-player games).
  • Users shall not access games and chat rooms, articles of questionable content, gaming for financial gain (including gambling), illicit photos or content, or anything deemed inappropriate by New Hope administration.
  • Users shall not reveal personal contact information about themselves while on the Internet.
  • Users shall not communicate with someone on the Internet through email, chat, or any other similar program.
  • Users a student accidentally encounter inappropriate material they shall disengage from it immediately and report it to their teacher.
  • Users may not attempt to bypass the filter to access inappropriate material. Any attempt to do so will result in automatic suspension from the lab. Some inappropriate material would be, but not limited to, violent games and websites dealing with illicit photos, content and/or offensive language.
  • Users may not engage in electronic communication including, but not limited to digital social networking, blogs, text messaging, instant messaging or personal email. Students may use a “flash drive” for purposes of transporting homework to and from school. 
  • Students may not use a teacher’s computer at any time or for any reason.

Disciplinary Process

Students who violate the above policy will be warned on the first offense and shall receive notification about the violation. Additional offenses will result in suspension from computer usage. Students will receive zeros on all computer assignments during the time of suspension. New Hope Education, Inc. may suspend access to the computer lab upon violation of this agreement. Remember, use of the school’s computer network is a privilege, not a right. Repeated violation of this agreement due to inappropriate usage will result in the revocation of that privilege, with possible suspension or expulsion, pending review by school administration.

Staff who violate the above policy will be dismissed from employment with New Hope Education, Inc.