Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Hopkins Public Schools provides students and staff with access to the School District's electronic resources, including computers, networks, Internet, and servers. The purpose of these resources is for classroom activities, communication, and educational research. Users are expected to utilize electronic resources to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission and policies of the School District.

Students are provided Internet access that employs technology protection measures that block or filter unsuitable content. Parents may request alternative activities not requiring the use of the Internet by contacting the school principal.

Use of the District's electronic resources is a privilege, not a right.  Students and staff are provided with notification and an explanation of acceptable use policies and procedures.

The District provides the following limitations and notifications:

  • Use of the School District's electronic resources is at the user's own risk. The system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis.

  • The School District will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including, but not limited to, loss, damage or unavailability of data stored on School District media devices or servers, or for delays or changes in or interruptions of service or misdeliveries or nondeliveries of information or materials, regardless of the cause.

  • The District is not responsible for personal property used to access School District computers, networks, or online resources.

  • The School District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any advice or information obtained through or stored on the School District system.

  • The School District will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through authorized or unauthorized use of the School District's electronic resources/accounts.

  • Users should expect only limited privacy in the contents of personal files and the District does not relinquish control over materials on the system or files on the system.

  • The confidentiality of electronic communications cannot be guaranteed.

  • The School District retains the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of files and e-mail files. In addition, School District employees should be aware that data and other materials in files maintained on the School District system may be subject to review, disclosure or discovery.

  • The District may use technical means to limit electronic resources access and these limits do not provide a foolproof means for enforcing the provision of the Acceptable Electronic Use Policy.

  • Goods and services can be purchased and can potentially result in unwanted financial obligations.  Any financial obligation is the sole responsibility of the user or, in the case of a student, the student's parents.

  • The collection, creation, reception, maintenance and dissemination of data via the electronic resources, including electronic communications, is governed by Public and Private Personnel Data, and policy on the Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.

  • Should the user violate the School District's Acceptable Use Policy, the user's access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.

  • All provisions of the Acceptable Use Policy are subordinate to local, state and federal laws.

The Acceptable Electronic Resources Use policy is available at the link below.