NTMS Student AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)

Scope: The following policies apply to all North Tapps Middle School students and cover all technology, including the following: wired and wireless devices, peripheral equipment, locally saved files, Learning Management System (LMS) content, internal email, all device software, applications, and/or resources owned by the District. The acceptable use procedures also apply to all District-owned technology used during and outside of the school hours.

Acceptable network use by District students (with appropriate parental permission) includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Creation of files, projects, videos, web pages, comments, discussion contributions, podcasts using network resources in support of educational research;
  • Participation in blogs, wikis, discussion threads, Learning Management Systems, district­ provided email, web posting that support educational research and learning;
  • With parental permission, the online publication of original educational material, curriculum related materials and student work. Sources from outside the classroom or school must be credited appropriately;
  • Connection of personal electronic devices (wired or wireless) to the District networkwith permission from the technology staff provided it is up-to-date with virus protection software. Connection of any personal devices to the District network is subject to all of the guidelines in this document. The District reserves the right to limit or restrict use of personal equipment on the network.

    Unacceptable use by district students includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Personal gain, commercial solicitation, compensation of any kind and illegal activities;
  • Liability or cost incurred by the district;
  • Downloading, installing and using apps, extensions, add-ons, and games without permission or approval from the Technology Coordinator or Technology Integration Coach;
  • Use of District equipment or resources to support or oppose ballot measures or political candidates;
  • Hacking, cracking, vandalizing, the introduction of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, time bombs and changes to the hardware, software and monitoring tools;
  • Unauthorized access to any District device, network or information system;
  • Cyberbullying, hate mail, defamation, SPAM, harassment, intimidation or bullying of any kind, discriminatory jokes and/or remarks, or repeated unwelcome comments or discrimination or hate speech of any kind;
  • Information posted, sent or stored online that could endanger others (e.g., bomb construction, drug manufacturing);
  • Accessing, uploading, downloading, storage and distribution of obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material; or any other graphic materials;
  • Attaching unauthorized equipment to the District network;
  • Sharing/distributing passwords of student and/or staff accounts;
  • Accessing network override codes and/or signing on with others' credentials;
  • Plagiarism of content on the Internet or shared online resources;
  • Accessing network with devices not pre-approved by the Technology Coordinator;
  • Accessing dangerous or inappropriate websites and/or content on the Internet;
  • Taking pictures, videos or audio of students or staff without explicit permission;
  • Deleting Internet search history from web browsers.

    The District will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or any other errors or omissions. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from the use of or access to the District's device network or the Internet.

    Personal Information and Inappropriate Content

  • Students should not reveal personal information, including a home address and phone number, on websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, wikis, e-mail or as content on any other electronic medium.
  • Students shall not reveal personal information about another individual on any electronic medium.
  • No student pictures can be published on any class, school or district website or Learning Management System (LMS) unless the appropriate permission has been verified by the District.
  • If students encounter dangerous or inappropriate information or messages, they should notify the appropriate school authority.
  • Students should not make appointments to meet people or communicate with anyone online unless given direct permission by a teacher and/or technology integration specialist.

    Filtering and Monitoring

    In all District facilities filtering software is used to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene and all child pornography in accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA); other objectionable material could be filtered. The determination of what constitutes "other objectionable" material is a Dieringer School District decision.

  • Filtering software is not 100% effective. While filters make it more difficult for objectionable material to be received or accessed; filters are not a solution in themselves. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the network and Internet and avoid objectionable sites;
  • Any attempts to defeat or bypass the District's Internet filter or conceal Internet activity are prohibited; proxies, https, special ports, modifications to the district browser settings and any other techniques designed to evade filtering or enable the publication of inappropriate content;
  • The District will provide appropriate adult supervision of Internet use while on the district network. The first line of defense in controlling access by minors to inappropriate material on the Internet is deliberate and consistent monitoring of student access to district devices;
  • Staff members who supervise students, control electronic equipment or have occasion to observe student use of said equipment online, must make a reasonable effort to monitor the use of this equipment to assure that student use conforms to the mission and goals of the district; and
  • Staff must make a reasonable effort to become familiar with the Internet and to monitor, instruct and assist effectively.

     CIPA/lnternet Safety Instruction

    All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and cyberbullying awareness and response. Training on online safety issues and materials implementation will be made available for administration, staff, students and families.

     Network Security and Privacy

    Passwords are the first level of security for a user account. System logins and accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account, for authorized district purposes. Students are responsible for all activity on their accounts and must not share their password.

    These procedures are designed to safeguard network user accounts:

  • Only change passwords according to district policy;
  • Do not use another user's account;
  • Do not insert passwords into e-mail or other communications;
  • If you write down your account password, keep it out of sight;
  • Do not store passwords in a file without encryption;
  • Do not use the "remember password" feature of Internet browsers; and
  • Lock the screen or log off if leaving the device.

     Student Data

    District staff must maintain the confidentiality of student data in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Permission to publish any student work requires permission from the parent or guardian.


    The District network, devices, Internet, and use of e-mail are not inherently secure or private. The district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store, without prior notice, information about the content and usage of: 

  • The network;
  • User files and disk space utilization;
  • User applications and bandwidth utilization;
  • User document files, folders and electronic communications;
  • School-sponsored email;
  • Internet access;
  • Any and all information transmitted or received in connection with network and e-mail use.

The District reserves the right to disclose any electronic message to law enforcement officials or third parties as appropriate. All documents are subject to the public records disclosure laws of the State of Washington. Backup is made of all District e-mail correspondence for purposes of public disclosure and disaster recovery.



Downloading, copying, duplicating, and distributing software, music, sound files, movies, images, or other copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is generally prohibited. However, the duplication and distribution of materials for educational purposes are permitted when such duplication and distribution fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC) and content is cited appropriately.


Violation of any of the conditions of use explained in the Student Use of Electronic Resources policy or in these Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) could be cause for disciplinary action, up to and including revocation of network and device access privileges, restitution, suspension or expulsion, and/or police report in accordance with District Student Discipline Policies and Procedures.


Individual User Access Release Form

From time to time, the Dieringer School District #343 and the K-20 Network will make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the acceptable use practice. You may view this Acceptable Use Policy on the District website.

Dieringer School District reserves the right to log Internet use and to monitor file server space utilization by users while respecting the privacy of user accounts. Dieringer School District #343 also reserves the right to remove a user account on the network to prevent further unauthorized activity.

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