Student Network & Internet Agreement

The Board of School Trustees believes that electronic information research skills are necessary in preparing students for the future.  The Board also believes that access to the Internet supports teaching and learning while promoting innovation and educational excellence through research, resource sharing and worldwide communication.

Information For Parents/Guardians Regarding The Use Of The Internet By Their Child

This is an educational network that is operated by School District 33.  Its purpose is to give students access to resources that will support the work they do in the classroom.  For example, students can use e-mail to communicate with experts (i.e. Scientist), mentors (professionals working with students) and other students throughout the province, the country and the world.  They can also use electronic tools to access current information in international libraries and databases (e.g. reports from a recent U.N. Conference, newspapers from around the world, electronic reference books, etc.).  Students with internet accounts will be able to work cooperatively with students on international learning projects.  Moreover, use of the Internet will provide students with technological skills and will promote their understanding of telecommunications and the world of informational technology.  These skills and knowledge are critical for citizens of the 21st century.

In spite of a teacher’s best efforts to educate and protect them, children may use this communications tool inappropriately.  They may receive unwanted/improper communications.  They may access information, which is not appropriate.  This may range from mildly offensive jokes to obscene, pornographic, sexist, or racist material.  The Ministry of Education does not permit use of such material through the Internet, and we take steps to try and prevent this.  For example, any person found accessing this material will lose their Internet account and be subject to the school, or district disciplinary process.  However, you should be aware that the potential for this kind of problem does exist, in spite of our efforts to prevent it.  You are urged to discuss these matters with your child to support the district’s position.