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IJNDB - Student Computer and Internet Use

Book: I

Section: Instruction

Title: Student Computer and Internet Use


Status: Active

Adopted: November 19, 1997

Last Revised: November 3, 2010



The Portland Public Schools’ computers, network and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools.  This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether in use at school or off school premises. 


Students are allowed to use privately-owned computers at school with prior authorization, provided that they comply with this policy and the accompanying rules. 


Compliance with the Portland Public Schools’ policies and rules concerning computer use is mandatory.  Students who violate these policies and rules may, after being given an opportunity to respond to an alleged violation, have their computer privileges limited.  The building administrator shall have the final authority to decide whether a student’s computer privileges will be altered, based on the circumstances of the particular case.  Violations may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement and/or legal action.


Portland Public Schools’ computers remain under the control, custody and supervision of the district at all times.  The Portland Public Schools monitor all computer and Internet activity by students.  Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on or off school property.


The Portland Public Schools utilize filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography.  The Portland Public Schools take precautions to supervise student use of the Internet and also educates students about appropriate use of the Internet, but parents/legal guardians should be aware that the Portland Public Schools cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer use by students that may violate Committee policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school. 


Students and parents/legal guardians shall be informed of this policy and the accompanying rules through handbooks, the district and school web sites and/or other means selected by the Superintendent.


The Superintendent or his/her designee is responsible for implementing this policy and the accompanying rules.  Additional administrative procedures or school rules governing the day-to-day management and operations of the school unit’s computer system may be implemented by the Superintendent, consistent with Committee policies and rules. 



P.L. No. 110-385 (Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act)

47 USC § 254(h)(5) (Children’s Internet Protection Act)


Cross References

IJND-R - Portland Public Schools Website Guidelines

JICIA - Weapons, Violence and School Safety

JICK - Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

GCSA - Employee Computer and Internet Use

EGAD - Copyright Compliance

IJNDB - Student Computer and Internet Use.pdf (9 KB)


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