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It is the belief of the Gainesville City Schools that the use of technology for the purpose of information acquisition, retrieval, manipulation, distribution and storage is an important part of preparing students to live in the 21st century. Further, it is believed that a “technology rich” classroom can significantly enhance both the teaching and learning process. This technology includes computer hardware, software, local and wide area networks and access to the Internet. Due to the complex nature of these systems and the magnitude of information available via the Internet, the Gainesville City School System believes guidelines regarding acceptable use are warranted in order to serve the educational needs of students.
The district’s technology resources are provided for educational purposes that promote and are consistent with the instructional goals of the Gainesville City School System. Use of computers and network resources outside the scope of this educational purpose is prohibited. Students and employees accessing network services or any school computer shall comply with the district’s acceptable use guidelines. The district reserves the right to monitor, access, and disclose to appropriate parties the contents of any user’s files, activities, or communications.
It must also be understood that the Internet is a global, fluid community, which remains unregulated. While it is an extremely valuable tool for educational research, there are sections that are not commensurate with community, school, or family standards. It is the belief of the Gainesville City School System that the Internet’s advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. The Gainesville City Schools Technology Department will provide an Internet screening system, or filter, which blocks access to a large percentage of inappropriate sites. It should not be assumed, however, that users are completely prevented from accessing inappropriate materials or from sending or receiving objectionable communications.
Additionally, access to the Internet and computer resources is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, users violating the Gainesville City School System’s acceptable use policy shall be subject to revocation of these privileges and potential disciplinary action.
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