Acceptable Use Agreement
HCPS Policy 752 Student Use of the Internet and the Acceptable Use Agreement establish important guidelines that students must follow when using school network and Internet resources. Please become familiar with this document so you can help ensure that your students are acting responsibly and within division guidelines.
ALL teachers are expected to:
- Monitor student use of the internet to ensure that they are complying with the Acceptable Use Agreement. If you see a student visiting a site that is not appropriate, it is your responsibility to make sure they stop. If the site was accessed accidentially, you should remind them of the Acceptable Use Agreement. If the student was purposely trying to locate inappropriate materials, then he/she should be referred to the office for disciplinary action.
- Provide guidance in selecting websites for students to use. If students are conducting research, it is a good idea to provide a list of recommended sites instead of using Google or another search engine. Suggest the use of Grolier Online or other databases that are provided for student use. Each school's library has a page with links to these databases.
- Provide the expectation that student use of computers is for educational purposes. If student have more than a few minutes of free time on the computer, they are likely to try to locate inappropriate materials. If there is time after an assignment is completed, the teacher should have appropriates sites for students to use. Many school webpages include links to educational resources.
- Provide instruction on internet safety. Legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2006 requires that all students receive instruction on internet safety as part of the curriculum from grades K-12. A committee identified a target focus for each grade level, along with suggestions and resources. These are available on our Internet Safety website.