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BP 6163.4


Student Use of Technology


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) intends that technological resources provided by San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) be used in a safe and responsible manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. All students using these resources shall receive instruction in their proper and appropriate use.


(cf. 0440 – County Technology Plan)

(cf. 1113 – County Web Sites)

(cf. 1114 – County-Sponsored Social Media)


Teachers, administrators, and/or counselors are expected to review the technological resources and online sites that will be used in the classroom or assigned to students in order to ensure that they are appropriate for the intended purpose and the age of the students.


The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of Alternative Education technology, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with this County Board policy and the SBCOE’s Acceptable Use Agreement.


SBCOE technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, the SBCOE’s computer network including servers and wireless computer networking technology (wi-fi), the Internet, email, USB drives, wireless access points (routers), tablet computers, smartphones and smart devices, telephones, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, pagers, MP3 players, wearable technology, any wireless communication device including emergency radios, and/or future technological innovations, whether accessed on or off site or through district-owned or personally owned equipment or devices.


Before a student is authorized to use SBCOE technology, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return the Acceptable Use Agreement. In that agreement, the parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the SBCOE or any SBCOE staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures or user mistakes or negligence and shall agree to indemnify and hold harmless the SBCOE and SBCOE staff for any damages or costs incurred.


(cf. 6130 – Use of Copyrighted Materials)


The SBCOE reserves the right to monitor student use of technology within the jurisdiction of the SBCOE without advance notice or consent. Students shall be informed that their use of SBCOE technology, including, but not limited to, computer files, email, text messages, instant messaging, and other electronic communications, is not private and may be accessed by the SBCOE for the purpose of ensuring proper use. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in use of the SBCOE technology. Students’ personally owned devices shall not be searched except in cases where there is a reasonable suspicion, based on specific and objective facts, that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law, SBCOE t policy, or school rules.



The Superintendent or designee may gather and maintain information pertaining directly to school safety or student safety from the social media activity of any Alternative Education student in accordance with Education Code 49073.6 and BP/AR 5125 – Student Records.


Whenever a student is found to have violated County Board policy or the SBCOE’s Acceptable Use Agreement, the principal or designee may cancel or limit a student’s user privileges or increase supervision of the student’s use of the SBCOE’s equipment and other technological resources, as appropriate. Inappropriate use also may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy.


The Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff, shall regularly review and update procedures to enhance the safety and security of students using SBCOE technology and to help ensure that the district adapts to changing technologies and circumstances.


Internet Safety


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all SBCOE computers with Internet access have a technology protection measure that protects against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors and that the operation of such measures is enforced.  (20 USC 6777; 47 USC 254; 47 CFR 54.520)


To reinforce these measures, the Superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students’ access to harmful or inappropriate matter on the Internet and to ensure that students do not engage in unauthorized or unlawful online activities.


Harmful matter includes matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest and is matter which depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.  (Penal Code 313)


The SBCOE’s Acceptable Use Agreement shall establish expectations for appropriate student conduct when using the Internet or other forms of electronic communication, including, but not limited to, prohibitions against:


  1. Accessing, posting, submitting, publishing, or displaying harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as         harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, sex,      gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs


  1. Intentionally uploading, downloading, or creating computer viruses and/or maliciously attempting to harm or destroy district equipment or materials or manipulate the data of             any other user, including so-called “hacking”


  1. Distributing personal identification information, including the name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other personally identifiable information, of another     student, staff member, or other person with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass, or       ridicule that person


The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, chat rooms, and other Internet services.  Such instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the dangers of posting one’s own personal identification information online, misrepresentation by online predators, how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats, behaviors that constitute cyberbullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyberbullying.



Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 49073.6  Student records; social media; 51006  Computer education and resources; 51007  Programs to strengthen technological skills; 60044  Prohibited instructional materials

PENAL CODE: 313  Harmful matter; 502  Computer crimes, remedies; 632  Eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications; 653.2  Electronic communication devices, threats to safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 15: 6501-6506 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20: 6751-6777 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, Title II, Part D, especially:

6777  Internet safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47: 254  Universal service discounts (E-rate)

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 16: 312.1-312.12  Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 47: 54.520  Internet safety policy and technology protection measures, E-rate discounts

COURT DECISIONS: New Jersey v. T.L.O., (1985) 469 U.S. 325




Policy Adopted: 5-8-1997

Policy Revised: 2-8-18