Wake County Public Schools Internet and E-Mail Permission Form

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Student's Last Name:______First Name:________    Homeroom_____________

Parent/Guardian’s Last Name: ____First Name:  _____

Internet access and Electronic Mail (E-Mail) are now available to students and teachers in the Wake County Public School System.  We believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers.  Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in  schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must sign and return this form.  Students 18 and over may sign their own forms.

Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world.  Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people.

While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well.  We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages; but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources

To that end, the Wake County Board of Education supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether of not to apply for access.

District Internet and E-Mail Rules

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school hallway.   Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.

The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to network service is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Parent permission is required.  Access is a privilege - not a right.  Access entails responsibility.

Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks.  It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.  Beyond the clarification of such standards, the district is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.

Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers.  Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.  Users should not expect that files stored on  district servers will always be private.

Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored.  During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials.  Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio, and other potentially offensive media.

Individual users of the Internet are expected to abide by the generally-accepted rules of network etiquette.  The following are not permitted:

     In the event a student engages in any of the above-referenced activities, his/her access privileges will be  revoked and other disciplinary measures may result.

Parent Permission Form for Publishing Ligon Students’ Work on the World Wide Web

We understand that our daughter or son may create art work or writing which would be suitable for publication on the World Wide Web, a part of the Internet. We know that every student cannot have his or her work published and that is an honor to have our child's work included as an educational resource for others. We further understand that the work will appear in an educational context on web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission. No home address or telephone number will appear with such work. In addition, students must get the teacher’s permission to print or download any data from the Internet. By signing this form, we grant permission for the World Wide Web publishing as described above.

(Please sign reverse side to indicate your understanding of the above policies.)

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(NOTE: After students receive Internet Orientation in home room, parents will be required to sign this permission form. Upon returning this form, every student will be issued an Internet Driver's License. This license must be shown to the teacher before student use the Internet at Ligon.)

Consequences for Unacceptable Use of the Internet at Ligon Middle School

If a student violates any part of this policy, the consequences will be:
First Offense: Students will lose their Internet Driver's License for one week, the teacher will phone the parent or guardian, and one hole will be punched in the Driver's License. Any assigned work will be completed with pen and paper using traditional texts and resources.

Second Offense: Students will lose their Internet Driver's License for one month, the teacher will phone the parent or guardian, and one hole will be punched in the Driver's License. Any assigned work will be completed with pen and paper using traditional texts and resources.

Third Offense: The Internet Driver's License will be revoked for one semester, the teacher will call the parent or guardian, and a written violations form will be sent home. To reapply for a new card, students will need to appeal to the administrator's advisory group.

Final note to parents or guardians: The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but it should not be used indiscriminately or without supervision. While your child is at school, the staff will make every effort to assure that this resource is used appropriately. As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor this resource at home, not unlike the manner in which you monitor use of TV, video games, or the telephone. It is not advisable for children to engage in long hours of unsupervised time on-line. If you help your child use the Internet wisely at home, together we can help him become a responsible 'Netizen--Citizen of the Internet!

After reading the attached rules with your child, please sign the form below and return it to school.
User Agreement and Parent Permission Form: As a user of the WCPS computer network, I hereby agree to comply with the above-stated rules--communicating over the network in a reliable fashion while honoring all relevant laws and restrictions.

Student's Signature _________________________________________ Date _______

As the parent or legal guardian of the minor student signing above, I grant permission for the student named to access networked computer services such as electronic mail and the Internet. I understand that individuals and families may be held liable for violations. I understand that some materials on the Internet may be objectionable, but I accept responsibility for guidance of Internet use - setting and conveying standards for  the student named to follow when selecting, sharing, or exploring information and media.

Parent/Legal Guardian Signature ________________________________Date _______

Name of student: ____________________ School ___________________  Grade _________

Date of Birth ______ Street Address _____Home  Phone______ Work Phone __________