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8.80 Online Information Services Use

8.80 Online Information Services Use

Chapter 8.00: Auxiliary Services




Online information services such as, the district Wide Area Network (WAN), school Local Area Networks (LAN's), the Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN), and the Internet provide an exciting opportunity to expand learning for students and educators. However, access to these resources must be tied to the responsibility for appropriate use of the resources. Therefore, the Okeechobee County School Board is implementing the following acceptable use policy for accessing online information services.

I. The District WAN

The Okeechobee County Wide Area Network (WAN) connects the district office to all school sites and provides connectivity and support to schools. The WAN provides students with internet access to educational web sites, news, and other research tools (such as card catalogs, on-line encyclopedias). Faculty and staff also have internet access as well as email and other services.

II. The School LAN

Each school site has a Local Area Network (LAN). The LAN extends connectivity and support to the individual classroom. Besides providing Internet access at the classroom level, students and faculty are provided access to other educational software residing on the LAN.

III. Personal Use

Employees are generally not permitted to utilize the District Network to conduct personal business or for other personal purposes. However, limited personal use of the system is permitted, but only to the extent it does not conflict with the user’s employment duties and responsibilities. Staff members may use the telephone system to make local personal telephone calls, but calls should be brief and infrequent so as not to interfere with the official use of the system. No personal long distance calls or calls resulting in a charge are to be made on the District system. Use of personally owned devices on the network is acceptable as long as the user has read and signed the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) user agreement and it is on file with the school or department.

IV. Prohibited Activities

In using the District Network, employees shall not:

A. Violate conditions for the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida.

B. Violate copyright laws.

C. Discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, if otherwise qualified, social and family background or on the basis of the use of a language other than English by Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices conducted by this School District, except as provided by law.

D. Violate rules, procedures or guidelines of the School Board.

E. Allow another individual to use his or her username and password.

F. Use another individual’s username and password.

G. Use the system for political election/campaign activities, for political advocacy or activism, or to express personal views on issues that are pending or may reasonably be expected to come before the School Board. Personal email or other non-District media should be used for those purposes. However, this rule shall not prohibit School Board Members and the Superintendent and his staff from using the District’s network for communications relating to legislative affairs, other political issues affecting schools and education, and issues that may be pending or may come before the School Board.

H. Use the system for personal financial gain, online bidding or for any other activities related to non-School Board business.

I. Access, download, store, view, send or display text, images, movies or sounds that contain pornography, obscenity or language that offends or degrades others.

J. Attempt to send or send anonymous messages of any kind or pretending to be someone else while sending a message.

K. Bully, harass, insult, threaten or attack others via electronic resources.

L. Electronically or physically damage or attempt to damage the network, equipment, materials or data, including hacking, flooding or virus deployment.

M. Attempt to or actually access the District System without authorization or in violation of any law.

N. Use electronic resources for illegal or inappropriate activities.

V. No Expectation of Privacy

Users have no expectation of privacy in any communication sent or received over or through the District network, including email, internet access, network access or other electronic resources, or material stored on District servers. This includes District network access using any District-owned or personally-owned electronic device.

VI. Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Guidelines and Procedures

The Superintendent is authorized to adopt procedures and guidelines implementing and administering this rule and adopting an AUP regulating the use of the District resources by students and other users in addition to employees.


1001.42, F.S.


1000.21, 1001.43, F.S.






Revision Date(s):

09/12/2000, 11/12/2013, 07/10/18