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Catoosa County Acceptable Use Policy  
Catoosa County Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy for Internet Use

Electronic Resources: Policy – Instruction

The Catoosa County Schools Board of Education recognizes that an effective public education system develops students who are globally aware, civically engaged, and capable of managing their lives and careers. The board also believes that students need to be proficient users of information, media, and technology to succeed in a digital world.

Therefore, the Catoosa County Public School district will use electronic resources as a powerful and compelling means for students to learn core subjects and applied skills in relevant and rigorous ways. It is the district’s goal to provide students with rich and ample opportunities to use technology for important purposes in schools just as individuals in workplaces and other real-life settings. The district’s technology will enable educators and students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate and create, to think and solve problems, to manage their work, and to take ownership of their lives.

The Board directs the Superintendent or designee to create strong electronic educational systems that support innovative teaching and learning, to provide appropriate staff development opportunities and to develop procedures to support this policy.


Legal Reference

Illegal activities are strictly prohibited, according to Georgia Code 16-9-93 as it pertains to computer theft, computer trespass, and computer invasion of privacy, computer forgery, and computer password disclosure.  Violation of Georgia Code 16-11-37.1 as it pertains to dissemination of information through a computer or computer network includes any picture, photograph, drawing, or verbal description designed to encourage, solicit or promote terrorist acts and/or threats.

Electronic Resources: Procedure

These procedures are written to support the Electronic Resources Policy of the board of Education and to promote positive and effective digital citizenship among students and staff. Digital citizenship represents more than technology literacy: successful, technologically fluent digital citizens live safely and civilly in an increasingly digital world. They recognize that information posted on the Internet is public and permanent and can have a long-term impact on an individual’s life and career. Expectations for student and staff behavior online are no different than face-to-face interactions.

The district network includes wired and wireless computers and peripheral equipment, files and storage, e-mail and Internet content (blogs, web sites, web mail, groups, wikis, etc.). The district reserves the right to prioritize the use of, and access to, the network.

All use of the network must support education and research and be consistent with the mission of the district.

Acceptable network use by district students and staff includes:

  • Creation of files, projects, videos, web pages and podcasts using network resources in support of educational research;
  • Participation in blogs, wikis, bulletin boards, and groups and the creation of content for podcasts, e-mail and web pages that support educational research;
  • With parental permission, the online publication of original educational material, curriculum related materials and student work. Sources outside the classroom or school must be cited appropriately;
  • Staff use of the network for incidental personal use in accordance with all district policies and guidelines;

Unacceptable network use by district students and staff includes but is not limited to:

  • Personal gain, commercial solicitation and compensation of any kind;
  • Liability or cost incurred by the district;
  • Downloading, installation and use of games, audio files video files or other applications (including shareware or freeware) without permission or approval from Technology Department Staff.
  • Support or opposition for ballot measures, candidates and any other political activity;
  • Hacking, cracking, vandalizing, the introduction of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, time bombs and changes to hardware, software, and monitoring tools;
  • Unauthorized access to other district computers, networks and information systems;
  • Cyberbullying, hate mail, defamation, harassment of any kind, discriminatory jokes and remarks;
  • Information posted, sent or stored online that could endanger others (e.g., bomb construction, drug manufacture);
  • Accessing, uploading, downloading, storage and distribution of obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material; and
  • Attaching unauthorized equipment to the district network. Any such equipment will be confiscated.
  • Employees are not permitted to use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal WiFi accounts or by any manner other than connecting through the secure wireless connection provided by the school system. CCPS reserves the right to inspect any personal device brought onto CCPS property.

The district will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or any other errors or omissions. The district will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from the use of, or access to, the district’s computer network or the Internet.

Internet Safety: Personal Information and Inappropriate Content

Students and staff should not reveal personal information, including a home address and phone number, on web sites, blogs, podcasts, videos, wikis, e-mail or as content on any other electronic medium.  Students and staff should not reveal personal information about another individual on any electronic medium. No student pictures or names can be published on any class, school or district web site unless the appropriate permission has been verified according to district policy. If students encounter dangerous or inappropriate information or messages, they should notify the appropriate school authority.

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Catoosa County Schools staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet protection Act.  As required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, Catoosa County Schools will educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and response.

Filtering and Monitoring
Filtering software is used to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Other objectionable material could be filtered. The determination of what constitutes “other objectionable” material is a local decision.

  • Filtering software is not 100% effective. While filters make it more difficult for objectionable material to be received or accessed; filters are not a solution in themselves. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the network and Internet and avoid objectionable sites;
  • Any attempts to defeat or bypass the district’s Internet filter or conceal Internet activity are prohibited: proxies, https, special ports, modifications to district browser settings and any other techniques designed to evade filtering or enable the publication of inappropriate content;
  • E-mail inconsistent with the educational and research mission of the district will be considered SPAM and blocked from entering district e-mail boxes;
  • The district will provide appropriate adult supervision of Internet use. The first line of defense in controlling access by minors to inappropriate material on the Internet is deliberate and consistent monitoring of student access to district computers;
  • Staff members who supervise students, control electronic equipment or have occasion to observe student use of said equipment online, must make a reasonable effort to monitor the use of this equipment to assure that student use conforms to the mission and goals of the district; and
  • Staff must make a reasonable effort to become familiar with the Internet and to monitor, instruct and assist effectively.

Downloading, copying, duplicating and distributing software, music, sound files, movies, images or other copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is generally prohibited. However, the duplication and distribution of materials for educational purposes are permitted when such duplication and distribution fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC) and content is cited appropriately.

All student work is copyrighted. Permission to publish any student work requires permission from the parent or guardian. 

Network Security and Privacy
Passwords are the first level of security for a user account. System logins and accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account, for authorized district purposes. Students and staff are responsible for all activity on their account and must not share their account password. The existence of a password does not provide an expectation of privacy.

These procedures are designed to safeguard network user accounts:

  • Change passwords according to district policy;
  • Do not use another user’s account;
  • Do not insert passwords into e-mail or other communications;
  • If you write down your account password, keep it out of sight;
  • Do not store passwords in a file without encryption;
  • Do not use the “remember password” feature of Internet browsers; and
  • Lock the screen, or log off, if leaving the computer.
  • Never allow a student to use a computer unless they are logged on under their own account or are using a generic student account (elementary).

Student Data is Confidential
District staff must maintain the confidentiality of student data in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

No Expectation of Privacy
The district provides the network system, e-mail and Internet access as a tool for education and research in support of the district’s mission. The district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store, without prior notice, information about the content and usage of:

  • The network;
  • User files and disk space utilization;
  • User applications and bandwidth utilization;
  • User document files, folders and electronic communications;
  • E-mail;
  • Internet access; and
  • Any and all information transmitted or received in connection with network and e-mail use.
  • No student or staff user should have any expectation of privacy when using the district's network. As noted previously, electronic mail is subject at all times to monitoring, and the release of specific information is subject to applicable state and federal laws and School System rules, policies, and procedures on confidentiality

Disciplinary Action
All users of the district’s electronic resources are required to comply with the district’s policy and procedures with or without a signed agreement. Violation of any of the conditions of use explained in the Electronic Resources Policy or in these procedures could be cause for disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from school and suspension or revocation of network and computer access privileges.

Privileges --Additionally, access to the Internet and electronic resources is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, users violating the Catoosa County Board of Education’s acceptable use policy shall be subject to revocation of these privileges and potential disciplinary action.

Board Policy

Code: IFBF-E

Internet Acceptable Use

Catoosa County School District Electronic Resources
Use Agreement Authorization Form

User Authorization:

I hereby certify that I have read and understand the Catoosa County School District Standards for Acceptable Use of the Internet/Network. As a user of the Internet/Network at this school/building, I hereby agree to comply with the Standards for Acceptable Use of the Internet/Network. I will use the Internet/Network in a responsible fashion while honoring all rules and restrictions. I understand that any violation may revoke my access privileges or invoke disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action.

User Name (print): _______________________________

School Name: ___________________________________

User Signature: ________________________________Date:  _________________________


Parent or Guardian Authorization:

(Must be completed if user is a student)

As the parent or guardian of the above-named user, I hereby certify that I have read and understand the Catoosa County School District Standards for Acceptable Use of the Internet/Network. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and that my student’s school and the School District have taken available precautions to control controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold Catoosa County School District responsible for materials acquired on the Internet. With that understanding, I hereby give permission to the Catoosa County School District to provide Internet/Network access to my student. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Catoosa County School District, its employees and agents, from any and all claims arising from or related to my child’s use or misuse of the Internet/Network, and waive any and all claims I may have against the District for such use or misuse.

Parent or Guardian (print):


Signature:__________________________________ Date: ____________________________

Parent/Guardian Consent for Student Publication to Appear on the Internet


I/We have read and fully understand the Terms and Conditions of the Catoosa County Public Schools Internet Acceptable Use Policy.   As the parent/guardian of

                                                             (STUDENT’S FULL NAME), I/we give permission for said student to publish and communicate information and for said student’s publication to appear on the Internet.


                 Signature                                       Relationship to Student                                    Date

Parent/ Guardian Consent for Photograph to Appear on the Internet

I/We have read and fully understand the Terms and Conditions of the Catoosa County Public Schools Internet Acceptable Use Policy.  As the parent/guardian of

                                                             (STUDENT’S FULL NAME), I/We give permission for said student to publish and communicate information and for said student’s photograph to appear on the Internet.


                 Signature                                       Relationship to Student                                    Date

Catoosa County Schools
Date Adopted:  9/4/2007
Last Revised:  5/1/2012

NOTE: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For exampleenter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
Georgia Code Description
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0090 Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0091 Computer Related Crime
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0092 Definitions
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0093 Computer crimes defined
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0093.1 Misleading transmittal
O.C.G.A. 16-09-0094 Violations
O.C.G.A. 39-05-0003 Immunity
O.C.G.A. 39-05-0002 Subscriber's control of minor's use of internet
O.C.G.A. 39-05-0004 Internet safety report of certain information
O.C.G.A. 16-11-0037.1 Dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts
US Code Description
20 USC 6777 Internet Safety
47 USC 254(h) Universal Service
15 USC 6501 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - Definitions
15 USC 6502 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - Collection and use of personal information from and about children on the Internet
15 USC 6503 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - Safe harbors
15 USC 6504 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - Actions by states
15 USC 6505 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - Administration and Applicability
These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.