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Electronic Media

                                                                                                            Descriptor Code:       IFBGA


ELECTRONIC MEDIA (Internet)                                                  Date Issued:               8/28/97






The Vidalia Board of Education recognizes that Electronic Media such as the Network/Internet offer vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers that should promote educational excellence in our school.


The Internet will be available to teachers and students. Student access should be under teacher direction and monitored as any other classroom activity. The Vidalia City School District, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with goals, and policies of the school district, since the Internet can be accessed outside of the school setting.


Use of Electronic Media

Internet access is available to students, teachers and staff in the Vidalia City School District. All Internet users must sign the Internet Use Authorization Form. Student users must also have a parent or guardian sign the Parent or Guardian Authorization. The Internet Use Authorization forms are provided in Exhibit IFBGA.


Acceptable Use

Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S., or state regulation, or Vidalia City School District policy is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product advertisement  or political lobbying is prohibited.



The use of the network/internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Also, the network administrator may close an account at any time as required.


Network Rules

The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but not limited to) the following.


            a.         Illegal activities are strictly prohibited.

            b.         The use of profanity, vulgarities, or other inappropriate language is prohibited.

            c.         The divulgence of personal information such as personal address or phone number

                        is prohibited.

•d.                  Electronic mail (e-mail) and telecommunication are not to be utilized to share     

            confidential information about students or other employees.

•e.                   Electronic mail (e-mail) is not private, and inappropriate or illegal messages will

            be reported to the authorities.




                                                                                                            Descriptor Code:       IFBGA


ELECTRONIC MEDIA (Internet)                                                  Date Issued:               8/28/97





•f.                    Use of the network/internet in such a way that use of the network by others is   

            disrupted is prohibited.

•g.                   All communications and information accessible via the network should be                      

            assumed to be subject to copyright law.


The Vidalia City School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.  Vidalia City School District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers.



Users are never to use other individual accounts. Any user(s) identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer system may be denied access to the network/internet through any Vidalia City School.



Vandalism will result in revocation of access and disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as a malicious attempt to harm or destroy equipment or data of another user, the Internet, or any other networks. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.


Software Libraries

No teacher, staff member, or student may install, upload, or download software without the express consent of the system administrator. Any software having the purpose of damaging other users accounts or the District's networks (e.g. computer viruses is specifically prohibited.


Users and their parents or guardians specifically agree to indemnify the Vidalia City School District and the administrators for any  losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorneys fees incurred by the District relating to, or arising out of any breach of these regulation by the user.


Monitored Use

Electronic mail transmission and other use of the electronic communication system by students and employees shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by the system administrator to ensure appropriate use of educational or administrative purposes.



Copyrighted software or data may not be placed on any system connected to the Vidalia City Schools network without permission from the holder of the copyright.  System users must respect and uphold copyright laws.











Dear Parents:


Vidalia City School System, now has access to the Internet. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe.


Your child has an opportunity to access the Internet within the Vidalia City School System, but he/she needs your permission to do so. Your child will have access to information, files, and computer services all over the globe. With this educational opportunity also comes responsibility. It is important that you and your child read the enclosed Acceptable Use Policy and agreement form and discuss these requirements together. Inappropriate use will result in loss of privileges.


The Internet is an electronic communications network which provides vast, diverse, and unique resources. There may be some material or individual communications which are inappropriate for your child. While Vidalia City Schools will take reasonable steps to deny access to such material and does not encourage such access, it is not possible for us to absolutely prevent such access.


Also, as part of many technology applications employed across the curriculum, the school may wish to publish a variety of teacher and student products on the Internet. The types of products may include, but are not limited to: creative writing, artwork, slide presentations, and audio/visual productions.


In the event that your child's work is selected to be published, we would like to have your permission to publish and possibly identify your child.


Please return the attached form indicating your permission or denial of permission for your child to use the Vidalia City School's network to access the Internet.
















Parent/Guardian Agreement Form




Student's Name____________________


As the parent or guardian of the above-named student, I hereby certify that I have read and understand Vidalia Board of Education Regulation IFBGA. I further understand that some materials accessible to network/Internet users may be offensive, illegal, defamatory, or inaccurate, and that although the Vidalia City School District has taken reasonable precautions to restrict access to such materials, such exposure may nevertheless occur. With that understanding,


            _____  I give permission for my child to use Vidalia City School's network to                                        access the Internet.

            _____  I do not give permission for my child to use the Vidalia City School's                                         network to access the Internet.


I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Vidalia City School District, Vidalia Board of Education, its employees and agents, from any and all claims arising from or related to my child's use or misuse of the network/Internet, and waive any and all claims I may have against the District Board of Education, its employees and agents for such use or misuse.


Parent or Guardian's Name (please print): ______________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________ Date __________________


Student Signature ____________________________________ Date __________________
























Teacher Agreement Form






Name ___________________________________


I hereby certify that I have read and understand Vidalia Board of Education Regulation IFBGA and agree to abide by its terms and conditions. I understand that if I violate Regulation IFBGA, my network/Internet access privilege will be revoked, and I will be subject to disciplinary action. I further understand that a violation of Regulation IFBGA may subject me to criminal and/or civil liability.




Signature: ________________________________  Date ______________________________