As used herein, the term “Computer[s]” refers to any desktop, laptop, or other mobile computing device, including cellular phone, owned or issued by the Cape Elizabeth School District to any student for school and/or home use. The term “Privately-Owned Computer[s]” refers to any privately-owned desktop, laptop, or other mobile computing device, including cellular phones. The term “Computer Services” refers to the School District’s network or Internet connections used to access school or Internet-based information.

The Cape Elizabeth School District provides Computers and Computer Services to support the educational mission of the schools. This policy and the accompanying rules apply to the use of these Computers and Computer Services. Students are allowed to use privately-owned computers at school with prior authorization, provided that they comply with this policy and the related rules and policies.

Compliance with the Cape Elizabeth School’s policies and rules concerning Computer and Computer Services use are mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may, after being given an opportunity to respond to an alleged violation, have their Computer or Computer Services privileges limited, suspended or revoked. The building administrator shall have the final authority to decide whether a student’s school Computer and/or Computer Services privileges will be altered, based on the circumstances of the particular case. Such violations may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcements and/or legal action.

Cape Elizabeth School District’s Computers remain under the control, custody and supervision of the school district at all times. The school district shall have the right to monitor, review and have access to all Computers and information concerning the use of Computer Services by students, whether those Computer Services have been accessed on or off school grounds. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school Computers and/or Computer Services, whether they are used on or off school property.

The Cape Elizabeth School District utilizes filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors and child pornography. The Cape Elizabeth School District’s mobile devices provide access to web-based “app stores” that are privately filtered. The Cape Elizabeth School District takes precautions to supervise student use of the Internet. Parents should be aware that the Cape Elizabeth School District cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate Computer use by students that may violate Board policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school. The Cape Elizabeth School District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet. In the interest of student safety (‘cyber safety’), Cape Elizabeth also educates students about online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms, and issues surrounding cyberbullying awareness and response.

The Superintendent or his/her designee is responsible for implementing this policy and the accompanying rules. Additional administrative procedures or school rules governing the day-to-day management and operations of the school district’s Computer Services may be implemented by the Superintendent, consistent with Board policies and rules. The Superintendent may delegate specific responsibilities to the Technology Coordinator, building principals and others, as he/she deems appropriate.

Student and parents shall be informed of this policy and the accompanying rules through handbooks, the school web site, login Computer screens and/or other means selected by the Superintendent.

Cross Reference:

Legal Reference: 47 USC § 254(h)(5) (Children’s Internet Protection Act)

ADOPTED: January 10, 2006

Revised: February 8, 2011
February 14, 2012
January 14, 2014