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Student Use of Technology Agreement and Release of Liability Form
River Grove: A Marine Area Community School (“River Grove” or the “district”) authorizes students to use technology owned or otherwise provided by River Grove as necessary for instructional purposes. The use of River Grove technology is a privilege permitted at the River Grove’s discretion and is subject to the conditions and restrictions set forth in applicable Board policies, administrative regulations, and this Acceptable Use Agreement. River Grove reserves the right to suspend access at any time, without notice, for any reason.
River Grove expects all students to use technology responsibly in order to avoid potential problems and liability. River Grove may place reasonable restrictions on the sites, material, and/or information that students may access through the system.
Each student who is authorized to use River Grove technology and his/her parent/guardian shall sign this Acceptable Use Agreement as an indication that they have read and understand the agreement.
River Grove technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, River Grove’s computer network including servers and wireless computer networking technology (Wi-Fi), the internet, email, USB drives, wireless access points (routers), tablet computers, smartphones and smart devices, telephones, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, pagers, MP3 players, wearable technology, any wireless communication device including emergency radios, and/or future technological innovations, whether accessed on or off site or through district-owned or personally owned equipment or devices.
Student Obligations and Responsibilities
Students are expected to use River Grove technology safely, responsibly, and for educational purposes only. The student in whose name River Grove technology is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall not share their assigned online services account information, passwords, or other information used for identification and authorization purposes, and shall use the system only under the account to which they have been assigned.
Students are prohibited from using River Grove technology for improper purposes, including, but not limited to, use of district technology to:
1. Access, post, display, or otherwise use material that is discriminatory, libelous, defamatory, obscene, sexually explicit, or disruptive.
2. Bully, harass, intimidate, or threaten other students, staff, or other individuals ("cyberbullying").
3. Disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information (such as name, address, telephone number, social security number, or other personal information) of another student, staff member, or other person with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass, or ridicule that person.
4. Infringe on copyright, license, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights.
5. Intentionally disrupt or harm district technology or other district operations (such as destroying district equipment, placing a virus on district computers, adding or removing a computer program without permission from a teacher or other district personnel, changing settings on shared computers).
6. Install unauthorized software.
7. "Hack" into the system to manipulate data of the district or other users.
8. Engage in or promote any practice that is unethical or violates any law or Board policy, administrative regulation, or district practice.
Since the use of River Grove technology is intended for educational purposes, students shall not have any expectation of privacy in any use of district technology.
River Grove reserves the right to monitor and record all use of district technology, including, but not limited to, access to the Internet or social media, communications sent or received from district technology, or other uses. Such monitoring/recording may occur at any time without prior notice for any legal purposes including, but not limited to, record retention and distribution and/or investigation of improper, illegal, or prohibited activity. Students should be aware that, in most instances, their use of River Grove technology (such as web searches and emails) cannot be erased or deleted.
All passwords created for or used on any River Grove technology are the sole property of the district. The creation or use of a password by a student on district technology does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Personally Owned Devices
If a student uses a personally owned device to access River Grove technology, he/she shall abide by all applicable Board policies, administrative regulations, and this Acceptable Use Agreement. Any such use of a personally owned device may subject the contents of the device and any communications sent or received on the device to disclosure pursuant to a lawful subpoena or public records request.
If a student becomes aware of any security problem (such as any compromise of the confidentiality of any login or account information) or misuse of district technology, he/she shall immediately report such information to the teacher or other district personnel.
Consequences for Violation
Violations of the law, Board policy, or this agreement may result in revocation of a student's access to district technology and/or discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. In addition, violations of the law, Board policy, or this agreement may be reported to law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
By signing below, I agree that the students named above have received, read, understand, and agree to abide by this Acceptable Use Agreement and other applicable laws and district policies and regulations governing the use of River Grove technology. I understand that there is no expectation of privacy when using district technology. I further understand that any violation may result in loss of user privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
Parent or Legal Guardian Acknowledgment
If the student is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must also read and sign the agreement. You agree that:
As the parent/guardian of the above-named student, I have read, understand, and agree that my child shall comply with the terms of the Acceptable Use Agreement. By signing this Agreement, I give permission for my child to use district technology and/or to access the school's computer network and the Internet. I understand that, despite the district's best efforts, it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all offensive and controversial materials. I agree to release from liability, indemnify, and hold harmless the school, district, and district personnel against all claims, damages, and costs that may result from my child's use of River Grove technology or the failure of any technology protection measures used by the district. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision of my child's use of his/her access account if and when such access is not in the school setting.