Acceptable Use Policies
The National Education Association (NEA) suggests that an effective AUP contain the following six elements:
1 Preamble explains the process involved in determining the goals of the AUP.
2 Definition of the Goals of the AUP and key words used in the AUP.
3 Policy Statement tells what computer services are covered by the AUP and the circumstances under which students can use computer services.
4 Acceptable Uses defines appropriate student use of the computer network.
5 Unacceptable Uses gives clear and specific examples of what constitutes unacceptable student use.
Violations/Sanctions establishes procedures for the reporting and handling of policy violations.
Meridian Ranch Elementary, in District 49, adheres to two separate Acceptable Use Policies. The first AUP is used for K-5 students for technology class. It is brief and to the point. There is no preamble or definition section. The one page document provides a policy statement, a violations/sanctions section, and an acceptable and an unacceptable use section. Students and parents must read and sign this document before they are allowed to use the school computer lab.