Humble Independent School District
Acceptable Use Policy
With the use of electronic networks, including both the Internet and the Intranet, the Humble Independent School District is expanding learning access for students, staff, parents and the entire Humble ISD community. With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use.
Electronic Network Use Guidelines
The operation of the district electronic network relies heavily on the proper conduct of the users. Every Humble ISD user has the responsibility to respect and protect the right of every user in our community. Humble ISD users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner, in accordance with the missions and purposes of the networks they use on the Internet and with the laws of Texas and the United States .
School computer systems are for use by authorized individuals only. Any unauthorized access to these systems is prohibited and is subject to criminal and civil penalties. Use of any other network or computing resources must be consistent with the rules appropriate to that network.
Transmitting material in violation of any federal, state, or local law or school district policy is prohibited. This unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to: using the network for any illegal activity, violating software copyright or other contracts, using the network for financial or commercial gain, degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance, vandalizing the data of another user, wastefully using finite resources, gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities, invading the privacy of individuals, using an account owned by another user without authorization, placing of unlawful information on a system, using for commercial activities, using for product advertisement, using for political lobbying, intentionally transmitting viruses that may result in the loss of recipients" work or systems, chain letters or any type of use that would cause congestion of the networks or otherwise interfere with the work of others, and installing software onto computers without appropriate approval.
Students are expected to use moral and ethical guidelines in making appropriate decisions regarding network use. Use of the district network is not a right, but a privilege, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of that privilege. Prior to participation, a potential network user will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the network and sign a user agreement. School and district administrators will decide what is inappropriate use on the network and their decision is final. Violations will be dealt with in accordance with the Humble ISD Student Code of Conduct policy.
Warranties - The Humble Independent School District and joint providers of the network make no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services provided. Humble ISD will not be responsible for any damages suffered while using the system. These damages include, but are not limited to, loss of data, delays, non-deliveries, service interruptions caused by the system, or service interruptions caused by errors or omissions of the user. The District specifically disclaims responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through Internet connections.
Security - Security is a high priority due to the number of users. Computer security cannot be made perfect, and it is likely that a determined user could access computer resources for inappropriate purposes or that an inquisitive user could encounter unacceptable material. Identified security problems should be reported to a system administrator or appropriate teacher immediately and not shared with other users. Attempts to log on as another user may result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access to the system.
Vandalism - Vandalism is defined as any deliberate attempt to harm or destroy data or property of another user, the Internet/Intranet, or other networks. This includes the creation of or the uploading of computer viruses to the Internet/Intranet or host site. Vandalism will result in cancellation of user privileges.
Installing Software - Use of computer software is governed by copyright laws and network configurations. Care must be taken to avoid copyright violations and disruptions of the network related to incompatible or corrupted software; therefore, installation of any program or application onto any computer with access to the Humble ISD electronic network must be approved by the Superintendent or his designees.
Monitoring - The information networks are "public places" and user actions are visible to others on the network. Humble Independent School District has the right to monitor network use to ensure that the network continues to function properly for all of its users. Anyone using electronic networks expressly consents to such monitoring. Prosecution and/or termination of user privileges will occur without warning.
Use of Internet and other telecommunication activities must be in support of education and research that is
consistent with the educational goals, objectives, and policies of the Humble Independent School District .
Students are expected to use moral and ethical guidelines in making appropriate decisions regarding Internet use. Use of the Internet is not a right, but a privilege, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of that privilege. Prior to participation, a student will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the Internet and sign a user agreement. School and district administrators will decide what is inappropriate use of the Internet direct electronic communications. Their decision is final
Each District computer with Internet access shall have a filtering device or software that blocks access to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, inappropriate for students, or harmful to minors, as defined by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee.
With access to computers and people all over the world, there may be some material or individual communications which are not suitable for school-age children. The Humble Independent School District views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as other reference materials identified by the schools. Specifically, the district supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with directed guidance from the faculty and staff.
At school, student access to and use of the Internet will be under teacher direction and will be monitored as any other classroom activity; however, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network and users may encounter inappropriate information. Even with filtering the school district cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals and policies of the school district.
Publishing - Students may have the opportunity to participate in electronic publishing. The district respects the rights of parents to restrict their children from publishing on the Internet and will secure parent permission for the current school year. Parents will be required to sign a release ([name of release form]) allowing student work, pictures, and/or student’s name to appear on the Internet/Intranet.
Security - Security is a high priority due to the number of users. Computer security cannot be made perfect, and it is likely that a determined user could access computer resources for inappropriate purposes or that an inquisitive user could encounter unacceptable material. Identified security problems should be reported to a system administrator or appropriate teacher immediately and not shared with other users. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access to the system.
Humble ISD believes that the benefits to educators and students from access to electronic networks and the Internet far exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, however, parent(s) and guardian(s) of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow. To that end, Humble ISD supports and respects each family"s right to decide whether or not to permit a child to participate in Internet access.
Parents should retain this document on file for reference.
Humble Independent School District
Acceptable Use Policy
(For District Personnel)
I,______________________________________________ , have read the Acceptable Use Policy,
(printed employee name)
understand it, and agree to adhere to the principles and procedures detailed within. I understand and accept the conditions stated in the Acceptable Use Policy, and agree to hold blameless, and release from any liability resulting from the use of the electronic network, the Humble Independent School District , the sponsoring school, its subcontractors, and employees.
I understand that a network user is expected to use good judgment and follow the Acceptable Use
Policy printed in the employee handbook published by the district in making electronic contact with others and that violation of any provision of the Acceptable Use Policy will incur severe disciplinary action by the district.
I understand that it is possible for all users of the worldwide Internet (including school-age children) to access information that is intended for adults. As an employee of Humble ISD, I will use the district Internet connection only for purposes consistent with the goals and objectives of the district and make every effort to ensure that students do the same.
Employment Location: ____________________________ Date: ___________________
Humble Independent School District
Acceptable Use Policy
We________________________________ and _______________________________________
(printed parent name) (printed student name)
have read the Acceptable Use Policy, understand it, and agree to adhere to the principles and procedures detailed within. We understand and accept the conditions stated in the Acceptable Use Policy, and agree to hold blameless, and release from any liability, the Humble Independent School District , the sponsoring school, its subcontractors, and employees.
We understand that a network user is expected to use good judgment and follow the Acceptable Use Policy printed in the student handbook published by the school. We further understand that any student who violates any provision of the Acceptable Use Policy will lose all network privileges on the Humble I.S.D. network.
We also understand that displaying work on the Internet makes the work available for viewing by any person around the world who has Internet access. We further understand that the Intranet is only accessible from district network computers.
Place a check mark in the appropriate blanks below to complete permission for his or her participation in activities involving the Humble Electronic Network.
May access the Internet Yes _____ No _____
May have work displayed on the Internet Yes _____ No _____
The Intranet is an internal network of Humble ISD. This network is unavailable for public access.
May access the Intranet Yes _____ No _____
May have work displayed on the Intranet Yes _____ No _____
________________________________ and _______________________________________
(parent signature) (student signature)
Name of School:__________________________________________Date:________________________