Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 Written by Eric Paulsen

Acceptable Use Policy

As adopted by the St. Matthew's Board of Education
Please read this document carefully before signing.

Internet access is now available to students and teachers at St. Matthew's Lutheran School (SMLS). We are very pleased to bring this access to SMLS and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

  1. Electronic mail (E-mail) communication with people all over the world
  2. The ability to browse the World-Wide Web
  3. Public domain software and shareware of all types
  4. Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics
  5. Access to many University Library Catalogs and the Library of Congress

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. SMLS has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We (SMLS) firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of SMLS. It is the user that controls the search criteria and therefore the material accessed. With this in mind, we (SMLS) believe that it is imperative to teach our students about making Christian choices about the type of material they access. It is our (SMLS) belief that by training our young people how to deal with objectionable material now, they will be better suited to make the same type of value judgments as adults.

These guidelines are provided so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources. If an SMLS user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The faculty will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrator may close an account at any time as required. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.
  2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
  3. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.
  4. Note that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail.
  5. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.
  6. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.

The network and its resources including access to the Internet are available to the staff and students of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church & School. Parents of students wishing to make use of the computer network may do so if they first check with their child's teacher to make sure that there isn't a conflict. Members of St. Matthew's congregation who do not have children attending our school and who wish to make use of the computer network will need to speak to the network administrator about access and sign the Computer Network Use Agreement. Access times will be limited to when there is a teacher available.

The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of SMLS. Use of other organizations' network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

SMLS makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. SMLS will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This include loss of data resulting from delays, non deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. SMLS specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware or software.

To view our Student Network Account Agreement form, click here.

To view our Member Network Account Agreement form, click here.

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