Waterbury Public Schools
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
The Internet, a global electronic information infrastructure, is a network of networks used by educators, businesses, the government and numerous organizations. The Waterbury Public school District believes that the Internet should be used in the schools to educate and inform. The Internet is considered primarily as a learning resource, similar to books, magazines, video, CD-ROM and other information services.
The Internet provides access to computers and people all over the world, and with that access comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Neither the information nor the content of such information on the Internet can be controlled by the Waterbury Public School District. The majority of the sites on the Internet can provide a wealth of educational opportunity to schools and students, however some sites may contain information which is not appropriate for school-aged children. While the intent of the Waterbury Public School District is to provide access to the Internet and online services to further educational goals and objectives, parents should be aware that students will have access to potentially unacceptable resources if they disregard the school district’s access guidelines.
The operation of the Internet relies heavily on the proper conduct of the users, who must adhere to strict guidelines. Internet access is a privilege, not a right. If a district user, faculty member, staff member or student violates any of the acceptable use provisions outlined in this document, his/her access privilege may be terminated and future access may be denied. Violations may also result in disciplinary action from school officials.
Students shall use the Internet only with permission and supervision of a teacher, administrator, or authorized staff member.