School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Acceptable Use Policy
The School Board provides a computer system to promote educational excellence, resource sharing, innovative instruction and communication and to prepare students to live and work in the 21st century. The Division’s Computer System includes, but is not limited to, all hardware, software, data, communication lines and devices, terminals, printers, CD-ROM devices, tape drives, servers, mainframe and personal computers, filtered Internet access, and local and wide area networks. Misuse of the computer system may result in disciplinary and/or legal action. The Division’s Computer System shall not be used to conduct illegal activities, or to send, receive, view or download illegal materials.
Use of the Division System during school and professional hours must be (1) in support of education and/or research or (2) for school business, and (3) it must support the mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and (4) be in accordance with all School Board Policies and Division Regulations. Access to the Division System is a privilege, not a right, and the Superintendent shall establish regulations containing the appropriate uses, ethics and protocol for the Division System. These regulations shall include some measure for preventing students from accessing information that the division determines to be harmful or inappropriate to juveniles. All computer system users, employees, non-employees, and students must comply with the requirements defined under the Acceptable Use of the Division Computer System. Any employee, non-employee, or student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy or the regulations developed by the Superintendent may lose system privileges. Employees may also be disciplined by the Superintendent up to and including termination depending upon the nature of the violation of this policy or the implementing regulations, and students may be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board Policies and Division Regulations governing student discipline. Employees, non-employees, and students may also be the subject of appropriate legal action for violation of this policy or implementing regulations.
Use of the Division System must be in accordance with the parameters stated in this policy and the implementing regulation and, therefore, school officials reserve the right to review Division System use at any time to determine if such use meets the criteria set forth in School Board Policies and Division Regulations, this policy and any regulation the Superintendent may promulgate under this policy. Accordingly, employees, non-employees, and students have no right of privacy and should have no expectation of privacy in materials sent, received or stored in School Board-owned computers or the Division System. The Superintendent or designee shall notify employees, non-employees, and students of the terms of this policy and any regulations promulgated hereunder.
The School Board shall not be responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable when using the division system or for any information retrieved from the Internet. Further, the School Board is not responsible for any unauthorized charge or fee resulting from the use of the Division System.
See Regulation 6-64.1 – Acceptable Use of the Division Computer System.
Code of Va. §22.1-70.2, as amended, Acceptable Internet use policies for public and private schools.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Title II: Preparing, Recruiting, High Quality Teachers and Principals, Part D: Enhancing Education through Technology, Subpart 4: Limitation on Availability of Certain Funds for Schools. Section 2441 Internet Safety.
Adopted by School Board: July 18, 1995
Amended by School Board: November 16, 1999
Amended by School Board: August 5, 2003
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006