Acceptable Use Policy

Rayne Catholic Elementary –Acceptable Use Policy/Technology Agreement

Employees, Parents and Students of Rayne Catholic Elementary are prohibited, under Diocese and School Policy, to post words, pictures and/or related materials depicting/containing Rayne Catholic Elementary, its name, logos, pictures, employees, students, etc., on blogs, wikis, widgets, FaceBook, MySpace, Ning, podcasts, webinars, jpeg and gif files, wma files, compressed video conferencing (CVC), Smart Boards, SchoolTube, YouTube, TeacherTube, Twitter, text messages, and the like.

The inappropriate posting of information, gossip, or slander relating to the church, school, students, or school personnel on outside Internet sites such as, but not limited to: Facebook, My Space, Instagram, or You Tube, by way of whole school, grade level, individual class, or public by the student or parents – will result in the immediate dismissal of those students or those parents’ child(ren.)

 

It is unacceptable to take something that is not yours. . .including reputations

 

Rayne Catholic Elementary School recognizes that computers and technology are used to support learning and to enhance instruction.  Technology has changed the manner in which people interact with each other and, as with other advances in society, can be utilized for the benefit or the detriment of ourselves and others. All computers are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. In order to address issues which may occur, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS CAREFULLY READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

Rayne Catholic Elementary School provides computer access to all students currently enrolled.  Students will be assigned a Username and Password.  Students are responsible for securing and protecting this information.  Students must login each time they access the network.  Upon login, a student will have access to his or her network folder.  All school work must be saved in the network folder.  Students may not save programs, music files, personal graphics, games or any other information not directly related to school or class work to their network folder or any computer on campus.  Students are responsible for logging off the network when they leave the computer.

Virus protection software constantly scans all computers connected to the network.  If any student receives a virus warning while using a computer, he or she is obligated to inform the technology director as soon as possible.  While a firewall is utilized to prevent certain sites from being accessed in order to protect students and the school from inappropriate material, NO safeguards are 100% reliable.  Students are responsible for immediately reporting any irregularities (e.g. if a “pop-up” or questionable site is inadvertently accessed, the student is responsible for IMMEDIATELY reporting this to the teacher/staff/adult in charge—traffic CAN and WILL be monitored by the webmaster/technology coordinator.)

STUDENT AND PARENTS (LEGAL GUARDIANS) WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING SAID/WRITTEN/INFERRED/POSTED ON ANY MEDIAN.  RAYNE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY, ST. JOSEPH CHURCH AND THE DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE OWN THE NAME AND ALL LOGOS OF THE SCHOOL.

 

Rayne Catholic Elementary School declares the following as unethical and unacceptable behavior and cause for taking disciplinary action for violation of Acceptable Use on the school device or personal device. 

Violations to the technology policy are divided into MINOR and MAJOR and consequences are based on the severity of the violation.

MINOR OFFENSES:

  • Using information networks for any purpose other than school related research or to fulfill school assignments.
  • Using the network for entertainment purposes such as games, chat rooms, or music unless instructed to do so by a teacher for educational purposes
  • Changing the default settings on any school equipment (e.g. computer desktop settings, screensaver, internet homepage etc.)

Violation of these rules will result in the following:

Lower Grades:  Student will receive the next “Recess Detention”

Upper Grades:  Student’s Behavior Card will be signed with the code “Tech” (TC)

2nd Minor Offense moves to the 1st Major Offense and so on. . . .

 

MAJOR OFFENSES: 

  • Posting on any website, text message, social media, or blogging anything that is contrary to the Mission Statement of Rayne Catholic Elementary School (e.g. Posting on any website or blog that verbally or pictorially references Rayne Catholic Elementary, its policies, administration, faculty, staff members, or its students.) This includes responding to any such posting/message.  By responding, it is meant that the responding party agrees with the post/message – regardless of the response.
  • Using information networks for any illegal activity, including violation of copyrights or other contracts violating such matters as institutional or third party copyright, license agreements and other contracts.
  • Using information networks for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities
  • Intentionally disrupting information, network traffic (including pop-ups) or crashing the network (including virus) and connected systems.
  • Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.
  • Using computing resources for commercial or financial gain or fraud.
  • Stealing data, equipment or intellectual property.
  • Gaining unauthorized access to the files of others or vandalizing the data of files or another user.
  • Gaining or seeking to gain unauthorized access to resources or entities.
  • Forging electronic mail messages, or using an account owned by another user.
  • Invading the privacy of individuals.
  • Posting anonymous messages.
  • Possessing any data which might be considered a violation of these rules in paper, magnetic (disk), or any other form.
  • The creation of false identities related to the school, students, or school personnel on outside Internet sites such as, but not limited to: Facebook, My Space, or You Tube – will result in Automatic 3rd Offense!

Parents/Guardians are also expected to adhere to these standards.  Families may be asked to withdraw from Rayne Catholic for their post/messages.

Violation of these rules will result in the following:

1st Offense:

  1. Administrative referral will result in one day In-School Suspension (see In-School Suspension consequences)
  2. Immediate removal of materials from site(s) Failure to remove in time may result in expulsion.
  3. The student will make monetary retribution for all damages.
  4. The student will be subject to loss of privileges for a length of time as deemed appropriate by the administration.

2nd Offense:

  1. Administrative referral will result in a two day Out-of-School Suspension. (see In-School Suspension consequences)
  2. Immediate removal of materials from site(s) Failure to remove in time may result in expulsion.
  3. The student will make monetary retribution for all damages.
  4. The student will be subject to loss of privileges for a length of time as deemed appropriate by the administration.
  5. The student and/or family will receive an Administrative Referral which could result in suspension, withdrawal or expulsion.

3rd Offense: 

  • The student will automatically be expelled from Rayne Catholic.  Expulsion in the State of Louisiana means the student cannot attend another public or private school in the State for one calendar year of the expulsion (exception: he/she may attend the Parish Alternative School, Detention Center or Military School).

 

Note:  The Administration always reserves the right to contact and turn the matter over to the local law enforcement agency.