General User Policy

Chancellorís Message

Chancellorís Message


Dear Students,


You are living at a very exciting time.It is the beginning of a new century and technology is changing daily.How you learn in school will also be changing.Using the Internet and e-mail is important for communicating with friends, family, and the world.Using new technology will be important for you in your K-12 schoolwork, in college, and in the world of work.


The new York City board of Education has provided every school access to the Internet and soon you will be able to get on to the Internet from every classroom.This is so you, the student, have the tools you need to learn.


This brochure explains what you should an should not do using the Board of Education online system.


The New York City Board of Education is giving students access to the Internet and e-mail when available, for use with their studies.Students may use the Internet as school and at home to do research and to communicate with teachers and other students.Students will have access materials no otherwise easily available, and may use email to communicate with other students across the world.Students will be able to take Virtual Field Trips, visiting places they would not otherwise have an opportunity to see.


The Board will monitor studentsí online activities.Any student who does not follow the rules may have his/her access cancelled.The rules governing Freedom of Expression, as listed in the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities will apply to the Internet.


Student Web Sites



  • own the copyright on all materials they create and then post on the web
  • may create a web page/site as part of a class activity
  • may create a personal web page with school/district permission
  • may not post photos of themselves without prior parental written consent
  • should keep a back-up of their web sitebecause the school may erase all student sites at the end of the school year
  • should make sure all material placed on a web site has accurate information, and correct spelling and grammar
  • may not provide personal contact information (home or school)
  • may not use disrespectful language


Copyright Laws must be fully obeyed

  • research information found on the Internet may be included in reports when the web site address is properly identified
  • copyrighted movies and music may not be downloaded


Student Web Pages must include:


ďThis is a student Web page.Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the New York City Board of Education or the studentís schoolĒ (IAUP.8.G.p.17)


ďAll web pages should include a notice that the web page may contain copyrighted material and that visitors may not download any such materials without the prior consent and approval of the copyright owner.Ē (IAUP.8.B.v.p.14)


Student E-mail Accounts



  • are responsible for their own account
  • may use e-mail to communicate with others in New York City, across the United States and around the world
  • may use e-mail to communicate with their teachers
  • may use e-mail to get information for class projects
  • may share documents with others as related to class projects
  • should use a virus protection program to check their files to prevent the spread of viruses
  • should notify their teacher if they think their file has a virus
  • should tell their teacher if anything happens online which makes them feel uncomfortable
  • should tell their teacher if they believe someone else knows their password
  • should understand that their e-mail is not private and that officials are able to read what they write and what they receive
  • may not do anything illegal online
  • may not use another personís e-mail account
  • may not arrange to meet anyone met online without a parentís approval
  • maynot deliberately spread viruses
  • may not threaten the safety of another person
  • may not harass another user
  • may not give his/her password to another person
  • may not use disrespectful language
  • may not send chain letters