Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Cyber School Policies
The Cyber School Contact: Agree Before Registration
You are required to read over this contract and agree to the terms before you can register for a Cyber School Hybrid course.
Cyber School is a service provided by Saskatoon Catholic School Division. The system administrators of cyber School are employees of St. Pauls RCSSD #20 and reserve the right to monitor all activity in the cyber school. On acceptance for registration within the cyber school, school teachers and their respective students will be given an account name and password. Although called a student "account", there are currently no charges to students of the Saskatoon Catholic School Division for courses. The purpose of this policy is to establish and promote the Christian, ethical, legal, and secure use of cyber school.
Due to the access students will have to the internet, the students of cyber school must adhere to strict guidelines. They are provided here so that teachers, students and the parents of students who are under 18 years of age are aware of the responsibilities they are about to assume. The School Division may modify these rules at any time by publishing the modified rule(s) on the Cyber school. The agreement(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who approve the agreement has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understood their significance.
Teachers should partake in the prep course as well as the course demos. This will ensure that teachers understand the functions of the online classroom and course itself.
|INFORMATION CONTENT & USES OF THE CYBER SCHOOL SYSTEM|
Teacher and students agree not to publish on or over the Cyber School System any information which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person or any information which would be abusive, profane or sexually offensive to a reasonable person, or which, without the approval of the system administrators, contains any advertising or any solicitation of other members to use goods or services. Students agree not to use the facilities and capabilities of the System to conduct any business, or solicit the performance of any activity which is prohibited by law.
The Division may find it necessary to access and disclose information from computer and network users' accounts to the extent required by law or to uphold legal, contractual obligations or other Division policies, and to diagnose and correct problems in network performance. Because of this, no user of the Division's computing resources or electronic communications systems should consider their messages or files private. In addition, because of the volatile nature of digital information, and the possibility of system failures and possible software or hardware problems, no user should consider that their messages or files are secure or preserved.
We believe that access to valuable information and interaction on a global scale on the internet far outweighs the possibility of encountering material that is inconsistent with the Division's mission and goals. Teachers, students (and the parent(s) of students if student is under 18 years of age) specifically understand that the system administrators and the cyber school do not have control of the content of information residing on these other systems. Students and the parents of students who are under 18 years of age are advised that some systems may contain defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material. The system administrators do not condone the use of such materials and do not permit usage of such materials in the school environment. Parents of minors having accounts on the System should be aware of the existence of such materials and monitor home usage of the System. Students knowingly bringing such materials into the school environment will be dealt with according to the discipline policies of the individual school building, and such activities may result in termination of their registration within the cyber school.
Any action by a student that is determined by a system administrator to constitute an inappropriate use of cyber school or to restrict or inhibit other students from using and enjoying cyber school is strictly prohibited and may result in termination of an offending student's ability to continue in the courses. Students specifically agree not to submit, publish, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material; nor shall students encourage the use of controlled substances. Students who observe or experience violations of Division's policies on computing and electronic communications should report those violations to the Principal or Assistant Principal of cyber school. Violations will generally be treated in the same manner as violations of other Division's policies. If violations appear to constitute a criminal offense, as defined by local, provincial, or federal statutes, the appropriate authorities may be notified.
Use of any copyrighted material, whether text, digital image, audio, or video, via the Division network (email or web publishing), is subject to all restrictions imposed by the copyright law. Individual users will be held accountable for violating copyright restrictions. Individuals who knowingly make, acquire, or use unauthorized software or equipment shall be subject to immediate disciplinary action.
Teachers and students are responsible for maintaining current virus protection on their systems, and for implementing virus checks of any downloaded files. Users who do not follow these procedures and/or who knowingly spread computer viruses may be subject to disciplinary action. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system or network performance will be viewed as criminal activity under applicable provincial and federal law.
Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data within cyber school.
Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of violations with any services provided by the Division network may be denied access to the cyber school courses.
|REAL-TIME/INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIONS AREAS|
The administrators, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to immediately terminate the account of a student who misuses the real-time conference features (talk/chat/internet relay chat).
Students may not let others use their account and password. Passwords to the system should not be easily "guessable" by others, nor should they be words which could be found in a dictionary. Attempts to login to the system using another member's account or as a system administrator will result in termination of the account. Students should immediately notify a system administrator if their password is lost or stolen, or if they have reason to believe that someone has obtained unauthorized access to their account.
The cyber school administrators reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to suspend or terminate student's access to and use of cyber school upon any breach of the Terms and Conditions by a student. Prior to a suspension or termination, or as soon after as is practicable, the administrator will inform the student of the suspected breach and give the student and parents an opportunity to present an explanation.