The Internet is to be used in a responsible, efficient ethical and legal manner and in accordance with the mission of the Avoyelles Parish School Board.  The School Board retains the right to monitor all computer usage and files for compliance to all regulations and/or procedures.  All users, including students, employees, or any other users of School Board computers, hardware, and Board network shall abide by all policies of the School Board and any applicable administrative regulations and procedures.


Age and grade appropriate classroom instruction shall be provided regarding Internet and cell phone safety.  Such instruction shall include appropriate online behavior, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response, as well as areas of concern as authorized in state and federal law.


In addition, the School Board, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, shall develop and distribute age and grade appropriate information to each student regarding Internet and cell phone safety and online content that is a threat to school safety.  The information shall include the following:



Such information shall be either distributed to or explained to students and school personnel at the beginning of each school year and shall be posted on an easily accessible page of the School Board’s website and the website of each school.


If information reported to a school is deemed a potential threat to school safety, the school shall present the written form and any further evidence to local law enforcement.


The Internet is a vast global computer network that provides access to major universities around the world, governmental agencies, other school systems, and commercial providers of data banks.  The School Board shall establish appropriate guidelines for exploring and using Internet resources within the school district to enhance learning and teaching activities.  The School Board shall incorporate the use of computer-related technology or the use of Internet service provider technology designed to block access or exposure to any harmful materials or information, such as sites that contain obscene, pornographic, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing information or material.  Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary devices shall also be prohibited.  The Avoyelles Parish School Board has installed filtering software to restrict access to unauthorized sites.




Users must agree to these guidelines prior to using the Internet.  Failure to adhere to these guidelines may likely result in the suspension or revocation of the privilege of network access.


  1. The following individuals are authorized Internet access:



  1. Internet access is intended to extend learning and teaching.  Network users are encouraged to develop uses which meet their individual learning and teaching needs and to take advantage of the network's many useful functions, including World Wide Web, electronic mail, news groups, bulletin boards, and access to Gopher, Telnet and FTP resources.

  2. The following uses of the Internet are unacceptable and may result in suspension or revocation of network privileges:



  1. The school system will limit the news groups that are available to elementary and secondary students so that they will only have access to those news groups that are appropriate to their instructional level and age.

  2. Users must avoid spreading computer viruses, and all downloaded files must be virus checked.  Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance is a violation of the law.

  3. Teachers are expected to provide guidance and supervision of students who use the Internet in the following ways:



  1. Students should report any inappropriate material they access to a teacher, other staff persons, or their parents.  Students are not to share inappropriate materials or their sources with other students.

  2. The person in whose name an account is issued shall be responsible at all times for its proper use.  Passwords should never be shared with another person and should be changed frequently.




Users of e-mail and other network services should be aware of the common expectations or etiquette that users expect from one another.


  1. E-mail messages are not guaranteed to be private.  The system operator of each school has access to all mail in order to maintain the system.

  2. When sending e-mail, make the "subject" as descriptive as possible.

  3. Do not post the personal addresses or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

  4. Check e-mail frequently and delete after reading it.  Be aware that read or sent e-mail messages are automatically deleted after 30 days to ensure adequate disk space on the network.

  5. Proofread and edit messages before they are sent, but be tolerant of errors in messages from others.

  6. Be careful when using sarcasm and humor: without face-to-face communications, a joke may not be taken the way it was intended.

  7. Do not publicly criticize or "flame" others.

  8. Protect the privacy of other people.

  9. Messages written in all caps are difficult to read and are the network equivalent of shouting.


Revised:  December, 2008

Revised:  December 4, 2012

Revised:  November 7, 2018



Ref:    20 USC 7131 (Internet Safety)

47 USC 254 (Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA))

47 CFR 54.520 (Children's Internet Protection Act Certifications for Schools and Libraries)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:100.7, 17:280, 17:410

Board minutes, 9-2-97, 2-3-09, 7-7-09, 12-4-12, 11-7-18


Avoyelles Parish School Board