Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Cassville R-IV School District
Acceptable Use Policy
The Cassville R-IV School District recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to
learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life and citizenship. We are
committed to helping students develop 21st century learning skills. To that end, we provide the privilege of access to
This Acceptable Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviors that all users are expected to follow when using
school technologies or when using personally-owned devices on the school campus, including:
The Cassville R-IV School District network is intended for educational purposes.
All activity over the network or using district technologies may be monitored and retained.
Access to online content via the network may be restricted in accordance with our policies and federal
regulations, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Students are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online as offline.
Misuse of school resources can result in disciplinary action.
The Cassville R-IV School District makes a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online, but
will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from use of school technologies.
Users of the district network or other technologies are expected to alert IT staff immediately of any concerns
The Cassville R-IV School District may provide the privilege of Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers
or devices, video conferencing capabilities, online collaboration capabilities, message boards, email, and more. This
Acceptable Use Policy applies for both school-owned technology equipment utilizing the district’s network, WiFi,
and/or private networks/Internet connections accessed from school-owned devices at any time. This Acceptable Use
Policy also applies to privately-owned devices accessing the district’s network, WiFi, and/or private networks/Internet
connections while on school property. As new technologies emerge, the Cassville R-IV School District will seek to
provide access to them. The policies outlined in this document cover all available technologies now and into the
future, not just those specifically listed or currently available.
All technologies provided by the district are intended for education purposes. All users are expected to use good
judgment and to follow the specifics as well as the spirit of this document: be safe, appropriate, careful and kind;
don’t try to get around technological protection measures; use good common sense; and ask if you don’t know.
The Cassville R-IV School District provides its users the privilege of access to the Internet, including web sites,
resources, content, and online tools. Access to the Internet will be restricted as required to comply with CIPA
regulations and school policies. Web browsing may be monitored and web activity records may be retained
Users are expected to respect the web filter as a safety precaution, and shall not attempt to circumvent the web filter
when browsing the Internet. The determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate is based solely
on the content of the material and the intended use of the material, not on whether a website has been blocked or
not. If a user believes a site is unnecessarily blocked, the user should submit a request for website review through the
The Cassville R-IV School District may provide users with the privilege of email accounts for the purpose of school-
related communication. Availability and use may be restricted based on school policies. If users are provided with
email account, the account(s) should be used with care. Users should not send personal information; should not
attempt to open files or follow links from unknown or untrusted origins; should use appropriate language; and should
only communicate with other people as allowed by the district policy or the teacher. Users are expected to
communicate with the same appropriate, sage, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Email usage may be
Recognizing the benefits collaboration brings to education, the district may provide users with access to web sites or
tools that allow communication, collaboration, sharing, and messaging among users. Users are expected to
communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful courteous conduct online as offline. Users should be careful
not to share personally identifying information online.
The Cassville R-IV School District may provide users with mobile devices to promote learning outside of the classroom.
Users should abide by the same acceptable use policies when using school devices off the school network as on the
school network. Users are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive
devices that the school is entrusting to your care. Users should immediately report any loss, damage, or malfunction
to IT staff. Users may be financially accountable for any damage resulting from negligence or misuse. Use of school-
issued mobile devices off the school network may be monitored.
Users are expected to take reasonable safeguards against the transmission of security threats over the school
network. This includes not opening or distributing infected files or programs and not opening files or programs of
unknown or untrusted origin. If you believe a computer or mobile device you are using might be infected with a virus,
please alert the IT department. Do not attempt to remove the virus yourself or download any programs to help
Users should not download or attempt to download or run .exe programs over the school network or onto school
resources without express permission from IT staff. You may be able to download other file types, such as images of
videos. For the security of our network, download such files only from reputable sites, and only for educational
Users should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner.
Users should recognize that among the valuable content online there is also unverified, incorrect, or inappropriate
content. Users should only use trusted sources when conducting research via the Internet. Users should remember
not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want students, parents, teachers, or future colleges or employers to
see. Once something is online, it’s out there—and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways you never intended.
Users should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or
financial information, over the Internet without adult permission. Users should recognize that communicating over
the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks, and should carefully safeguard the personal information of
themselves and others. Users should never agree to meet in real life someone they meet online without parental
permission. If you see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes you concerned for your
personal safety, bring it to the attention of an adult (teacher or staff if you are at school; parent if you are at home)
Use school technologies for school-related activities
Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that I am expected to follow offline.
Treat school resources carefully, and alert staff if there is any problem with their operation.
Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to use communicative or collaborative technologies.
Alert a teacher or other staff member if I see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images,
Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for educational pursuits.
Cite sources when using online sites and resources for research.
Recognize that use of school technologies is a privilege and treat it as such.
Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others.
Help to protect the security of school resources.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Users should use their own good judgment using
The Cassville R-IV School District will not be responsible for damage or harm to persons, files, data or hardware. While
the district employs filtering and other safety and security mechanisms, and attempts to ensure their proper function,
it makes no guarantees as to their effectiveness. The district will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for
unauthorized transactions conducted over the school network.
Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy
Violations of this policy may have disciplinary repercussions, including:
Suspension of network, technology, or computer privileges;
Detention or suspension from school and school-related activites;
Employment disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment;
Legal action and/or prosecution.
Cassville R-IV School District
Acceptable Use Policy
To be completed by Student:
I have read and discussed this Acceptable Use Policy with my child:
(Student Signature) (Date)
(Student Name - Printed) (Date)
(Parent Signature) (Date)
(Parent Name – Printed) (Date)
To be completed by Staff:
I have read and understand this Acceptable Use Policy and agree to abide by it.
(Staff Signature) (Date)
(Staff Name - Printed) (Date)
Return to building level Principal for placement in your staff file.