School Policies
Polasaí na scoile
Lakyle National School
Whitegate
Co. Clare.
Tel.: (061) 927288



Acceptable Usage Policy
The aim of this acceptable use policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school Acceptable Usage Policy is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions- as outlined in the AUP- will be imposed.
It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the AUP annually. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions are accepted and understood.
This version of the AUP was created on February 29th 2008.

Schools Strategy
The school employs a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the internet. These strategies are as follows:

General
School will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage.
Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimuse the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
The use of personal memory sticks, CD ROMs or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.

Personal Devices
Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile switched on or using it in class, sending nuisance text messages, or the unauthorised taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving, are in direct breach of the school Acceptable Use Policy.

Legislation
The school will provide information on the following legislation in relation to use of the internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:
Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
Interception Act 1993
Video Recordings Act 1989
The Data Protection Act 1998

Support Structures
The school will inform students and parents of key support structures organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the internet. Internet safety advice is available for parents and pupils at www.ncte.ie and www.scoilnet.ie.
Pupil Responsibilities
Pupils are responsible for good behaviour on the internet.
Access is a privilege, not a right.
Teacher’s permission must be sought at all times before printing or downloading any text, images or other data.
Personal information, I.e. home address, telephone numbers or personal information on other people should never be given out.
The use of personal memory sticks or CD ROMs in school will require the permission of the teacher.
Pupils will observe good ‘netiquette’ at all times and will not undertake any actions that will bring the school into disrepute.
If any of these rules are broken, the privilege of use will be withdrawn and sanctions as outlines below will be imposed.

School Website/Magazine
Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school’s website.
The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
Website using facilities such as guest books, notice boards or web logs will be checked frequently to ensure they do not contain personal details.
The school publication of school work will be co-coordinated by a teacher.
The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or visual clips focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website or magazine without parental permission.
Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
Class lists will not be published.
The school website will avoid publishing the first and last name of individuals in a photograph.
The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately names and will not use pupils’ names in image file names if published in the web.
Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.

World Wide Web
Students will not intentionally visit internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise materials.
Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
Students will use the internet for educational purposes only.
Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.

Email
Email will be used for educational purposes only.
Student swill use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission form a teacher.
Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details such as address, telephone numbers or pictures.
Students will never arrange to meet face-to-face with someone they only know through emails or the internet.
Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
Internet chat, e.g. chat rooms, discussion forum, instant messaging is not permitted. Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.

Sanctions
Misuse of the internet/broadband may result in disciplinary action including:
Verbal warning
Written warning
Withdrawal of access privileges-short term/long term
In extreme cases suspension/expulsion
Any illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.