Wise County Public Schools
The purpose of this document is to inform parents, guardians and students of the rules governing the use of personally
owned computing/network devices while on or near school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored
activities, as well as the districts technology resources via remote access.
Please read the following information carefully before signing the attached permission form.
Wise County Public Schools (WCPS) is pleased to offer students access to district computers, the Internet and an
array of technology resources to promote educational excellence. Each student is responsible for his/her use of
technology whether personal or district-provided. While using district or personal technology resources on or near
school property, in school vehicles, and at school-sponsored events, as well as using the district’s technology
resources via remote access, each student must act in a manner consistent with school, district and legal
guidelines. It is the joint responsibility of school personnel and the parent or guardian of each student to educate
the student about his/her responsibilities and to establish expectations when using technology.
Using WCPS Technology Resources
The information systems and Internet access available through WCPS are available to support learning, enhance
instruction, and support school system business practices. WCPS information systems are operated for the
mutual benefit of all users. The use of the WCPS network is a privilege, not a right. Users should not do, or
attempt to do, anything that might disrupt the operation of the network or equipment and/or interfere with the
learning of other students or work of other WCPS employees.
The WCPS network is connected to the Internet, a network of networks, which enables people to interact with
millions of networks and computers. All access to the WCPS network shall be preapproved by the principal or
program manager. The school or office may restrict or terminate any user’s access, without prior notice, if such
action is deemed necessary to maintain computing availability and security for other users of the systems.
Other disciplinary action may be imposed as stated in the Wise County Public Schools Student Handbooks.
WCPS implements Internet filtering on all WCPS sites in accordance with the federal Children’s Internet
Protection Act. Schools will continually educate students on personal safety practices and effective techniques
for identifying and evaluating information and its sources.
Respect for Others
Users should respect the rights of others using the WCPS network by:
o Using assigned workstations as directed by the teacher.
o Being considerate when using scarce resources.
o Always logging off workstations after finishing work.
o Not deliberately attempting to disrupt system performance or interfere with the work of other
o Leaving equipment and room in good condition for the next user or class.
Ethical Conduct for Users
It is the responsibility of the user to:
o Use only his or her account or password. It is a violation of WCPS Acceptable Use Policy
(AUP) and Regulations to give access to an account to any other user.
o Recognize and honor the intellectual property of others; comply with legal restrictions regarding
plagiarism and the use and citation of information resources.
o Not read, modify, or remove files owned by other users.
o Use the WCPS network and resources in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the
school system. The use of WCPS network for personal use or private gain is prohibited.
o Help maintain the integrity of the school information system. Deliberate tampering or
experimentation is not allowed; this includes the use of WCPS network and resources to
illicitly access, tamper with, or experiment with systems outside WCPS.
o Refrain from using offensive, obscene, or harassing language when using WCPS
network systems.
o Abstain from accessing, changing, or deleting files belonging to others.
o All software on any personally owned computing device shall be properly licensed. The use of
non-licensed software violates the AUP.
Respect for Property
The only software, other than students’ projects, to be used on school computers or the school network are those
products that the school may legally use. Copying copyrighted software without full compliance with terms of a
preauthorized license agreement is a serious federal offense and will not be tolerated. Modifying any copyrighted
software or borrowing software is not permitted. In addition:
o Do not modify or rearrange keyboards, individual key caps, monitors, printers, or any other
peripheral equipment.
o Report equipment problems immediately to teacher or program manager.
o Leave workstations and peripherals in their designated places.
Internet Safety and Security
o Students using a personally owned device using a wireless connection are only permitted to
connect to the WCPS Wi-Fi network.
o Appropriate virus-checking software must be installed, updated, and made active prior to any
personally owned computing device being placed on the WCPS network.
o Operating system software must be the most current version and up-to-date with all
relevant patches.
o No device placed on the WCPS network will have software that monitors, analyzes, or may
cause disruption to the WCPS network.
o Information may not be posted if it: violates the privacy of others, jeopardizes the health and
safety of students, is obscene or libelous, causes disruption of school activities, plagiarizes the
work of others, is a commercial advertisement, or is not approved by the principal or program
o Users will not change or delete files belonging to others.
o Real-time messaging and online chat may only be used with the permission of the teacher or
program manager.
o Students are not to reveal personal information (last name, home address, phone number) in
correspondence with unknown parties.
o Users exercising their privilege to use the Internet as an educational resource shall accept the
responsibility for all material they seek.
o Users are responsible for reporting any inappropriate material they receive.
o Users are prohibited from accessing portion of the Internet that is inconsistent with the
educational mission of WCPS.
o All student-produced web pages are subject to approval and ongoing review by responsible
teachers and/or principals. All web pages should reflect the mission and character of the school.
o Users are prohibited from viewing, sending, and accessing illegal material.
o Students have the responsibility to cite and credit all Internet material used.
o Any device placed on the WCPS network is subject to discovery under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA), and possible confiscation by school authorities. WCPS reserves the right to monitor
and investigate activities on personally-owned computing equipment on the WCPS network.
Disciplinary Action
Any violation of this agreement will result in the loss of computer system privileges as well as the right to use
one’s personal technology resources while on or near school property, in school vehicles, and at school
sponsored events. Additional disciplinary or legal action may result when applicable.