School board to discuss Internet use

With student computer use increasing, the Rainy River District School Board will take another look as to what is acceptable usage by students and staff during its first meeting of the 2001-02 school year tonight.
Education Director Warren Hoshizaki said this morning the guidelines have been revised from those previously in place.
“One of the things we changed was the [permission] forms that were sent out to the parents of our younger students,” he noted.
“They were a little complicated. We wanted to change that so the students themselves could better understand,” he said, noting permission forms for elementary and secondary students will be sent out shortly.
Hoshizaki mentioned security also is an issue the school board keeps a close eye on.
“We want to make sure that computers in the system are used for educational purposes,” he said. “And we’ve added a ‘firewall’ which prevents access to some information.”
The board’s stance on issues possibly stemming from student computer use is outlined in detail in the procedures document, including:
•inappropriate access to material;
•illegal activities;
•respecting resource limits;
•inappropriate language;
•respect for privacy; and
•plagiarism and copyright infringement.
In the case of any infractions, continuous monitoring of students’ computer use will continue. To date, less than three percent of students have had infractions.
Also on the agenda tonight, the board will:
•welcome new student trustee Steve Lovisa of Fort Frances High School;
•award two Recognitions of Excellence–one for its “Summer Institute” and another for its mentoring program;
•vote to approve one policy (#4.16 Safe Schools) for stakeholder consultation;
•look at the September personnel report;
•receive the 2001-02 curriculum plan;
•vote to approve two tenders–one for wireless communication work and the other for general supplies–as well the 2001-02 transportation operators’ contract;
•get a rundown of the various summer maintenance projects done over the past two months at board facilities;
•hear a briefing on 2001 summer school (July 3-19); and
•receive the 2000-01 annual director’s report, the director’s regular update, and the chair’s regular report.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the board office adjacent to Robert Moore School here.