General User Policy





Computers, computer networks, Internet access, and e-mail are effective and important technological resources in today's educational environment. The Board of Directors has provided computers, local area (wired), and wireless networks and peripheral equipment that allow for Internet access, files and storage and an e-mail system (referred to collectively as "DCS Network"), in order to enhance both the educational opportunities for our students and the business operations of the school. These computer systems are business and educational tools. As such, they are made available to students in the school for education-related uses.


Delhi Charter School has and will continue to comply with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act, as codified at 47 U.S.C. 254(h) and (1), "CIPA". The school is committed to assuring the safe conduct of all students while online and has a comprehensive policy about the proper use of our technological resources. At the beginning of each school year, students and staff are made aware of the school's Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy. In addition, each student must sign an Internet use agreement before they are allowed access to the Internet when they enter the school. It is the school's intent to preserve network bandwidth and improve network response times by limiting Internet access to educational-related sites.


Delhi Charter School will use the DCS Network as a powerful and compelling means for students to learn core subjects and applied skills in relevant and rigorous ways. It is the school's goal to provide students with rich and ample opportunities to use technology for important purposes in schools just as individuals in workplaces and other real-life settings. The school's technology will enable students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate and create, to think and solve problems, to manage their work, and to take ownership of their lives. The school leaders will create strong electronic educational systems that support innovative teaching and learning, to provide appropriate staff development opportunities and to develop procedures to support this policy.





The Board of Directors will provide the means to educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and online-bullying awareness and response. Additionally, the Board of Directors will

implement a technology protection measure to block or filter Internet access to visual depictions that contain obscene material, contain child pornography, or are harmful to minors and ensure that such filtering technology is operative during use.



DCS Network


The DCS Network includes wired and wireless computers and peripheral equipment, files and storage, e-mail and Internet. The district reserves the right to prioritize the use of, and access to, the network.


All use of the DCS Network must support education and research and be consistent with the mission of the district. To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the DCS online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.


Acceptable network use by DCS students includes:


       Creation of files, projects, videos, web pages and podcasts using network resources in support of educational purposes;

       Participation in blogs, wikis, bulletin boards, social networking sites and groups and the creation of content for podcasts, e-mail and web pages that support educational purposes;

       With parental permission, the online publication of original educational material, curriculum related materials and student work. Sources outside the classroom or school must be cited appropriately;


Unacceptable network use by DCS students includes but is not limited to:


       Accessing, uploading, downloading, storage and distribution of any personal files, including offensive, obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material;

       Downloading, installation and use of games, audio files, video files or other applications (including shareware or freeware) without permission or approval from the DCS Headmaster or his designee;

       Personal gain, commercial solicitation and compensation of any kind;

       Non-educational uses of the DCS Network including, but not limited to games, wagering, gambling, junk mail, chain letters, jokes, private business activities, raffles, fundraisers, religious activities or political lobbying;

       Hacking, cracking, vandalizing, the introduction of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, time bombs and changes to hardware, software, and monitoring tools;

       Using another person's account password, folder, work, or files;

       Using anonymous proxies to bypass content filtering tools;

       Cyberbullying, hate mail, defamation, harassment of any kind, discriminatory jokes and remarks;



No Expectation of Privacy



The Board of Directors provides the network system, e-mail and Internet access as a tool for education and research in support of the school's mission. The school reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store, without prior notice, information about the content and usage of:


       The DCS Network;

       User files and disk space utilization;

       User applications and bandwidth utilization;

       User document files, folders and electronic communications;


       Internet access; and

       Any and all information transmitted or received in connection with network and e-mail use.


No student user should have any expectation of privacy when using the school's network. DCS reserves the right to disclose any electronic message to law enforcement officials or third parties as appropriate. As part of monitoring and reviewing, DCS will retain the capacity to bypass any individual password of a student or other user. The system's security aspects, such as personal passwords and the message delete function for e-mail can be bypassed for these purposes. The school's ability to monitor and review is not restricted or neutralized by these devices. The monitor and review process also includes oversight of Internet site access and of document downloading and printing.



Disciplinary Action


Misuse of the computer systems, or violation of these policies, may result in loss of access to such computer systems as well as other disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion, or involvement of law enforcement agencies, depending on specific violation.





The Board of Directors shall require the Headmaster to develop rules setting forth procedures to be used in an effort to ensure that such computer systems are used by students solely for education related purposes. As the owner of the computer systems, the Board of Directors reserves the right to monitor the use of the school's computers and computer systems.