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SV 99 SOPPA Information and Data Base

Student Data Privacy Laws

U.S. Dept. of Education - Student Privacy

SOPPA for Teachers



In order for the School District to be able to continue to make its computer network and Internet access available, 

all students must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students must understand

that one student’s misuse of the network and Internet access may jeopardize the ability of all students’ access.

While the staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise student use of network and Internet access, they

must have student cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use. If a user violates this Policy,

student’s access may be denied, and will be subject to additional disciplinary action. Students must agree

to follow the Policy, and agree to report any misuse of the network to a teacher. Misuse is violating this

Policy or any other use that is not included in the Policy, but has the effect of harming another or his or

her property. The School District is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for educational

purposes only. Users must abide by rules of network etiquette, be polite, and use appropriate language. No

obscene language or threats. Posting of staff pictures on internet will result in suspension. Users and their

guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials

inappropriate for school-aged pupils and must avoid these sites. If a student finds that other users are visiting

offensive or harmful sites, they must report such use to the appropriate school personnel. Safety should be a

priority. In using the computer network and Internet, do not reveal personal information such as your home

address, telephone number, credit card numbers or social security number. Never agree to meet a person

you have only communicated with on the Internet. It is a violation of this Policy to use the School’s  computer

network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to

gain such unauthorized access. Personal, identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed

or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian. The School will use filtering

software or other technologies to prevent students from accessing harmful content. The School will also monitor

online activities of students to ensure that students are not accessing such depictions or other material, which

is inappropriate for minors. Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for education. The School District

reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage

of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with

such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the School District and no user shall have

an expectation of privacy regarding such materials. The School District shall not be responsible for any claims, losses,

damages or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parent(s)

or guardian(s) arising out of the student’s use of its computer networks or the Internet under this Policy. Users are taking

full responsibility for his or her use, the parent(s) or guardian(s) are agreeing to indemnify and hold the School, the

School District, the Data Acquisition Site that provides the computer and Internet access opportunity to the School

District and all of their administrators, teachers, and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims, or damages

resulting from the user’s access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or

charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user. The user or, if the user is a minor, the user’s

parent(s) or guardian(s) agree to cooperate with the School in the event of the School’s initiating an investigation of

the student’s use of his or her access to its computer network and the Internet whether that use is on a School

computer or on another computer outside the School District’s network. Unless a specific site has been identified

by a teacher as a part of the curriculum, social media sites are not allowed within or on any district owned devices.

The School District cannot require students to turn over their social media passwords for any reason

to any staff member. (This includes 6-8th grade technology that students may take home).

Visit: www.SafetyIllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov of www.ag.state.il.us for website safety tips for parents.


Prevention and education strategies to address cyberbullying and related online risks will be incorporated into the

curriculum at SVCCSD. Cyberbullying is defined as being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material

or engaging in other forms of social cruelty using the Internet or other digital technologies. It has various forms,

including direct harassment and indirect activities that are intended to damage the reputation or interfere with the

relationships of thestudent targeted, such as posting harmful material, impersonating the person, disseminating

personal information or images, or activities that result in exclusion. The district will immediately address all

instances of cyberbullying occurring through the use of district Internet system, district technologies or use of

personal digital devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras, personal computers, and PDAs, while on campus.

In addition, cyberbullying activities which occur off-campus and affect the academic and social standing of a student

at school will also be responded to by the district.



School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific

information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary

rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in

order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.

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