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F. CASE STUDY: INFORMATION LETTER ON SANCTIONS

Kesteven & Sleaford High School

Dear Parents/Guardians

As you may already know, as part of our procedures for monitoring unsafe activity on the internet and by email, and in order to promote responsible computer use, the school monitors its network using a monitoring software product. This system allows all student activity on our network to be monitored and inappropriate use to be identified.

Use of this product has dramatically reduced instances of abuse on our network. However, when inappropriate use occurs, the school has a framework of sanctions as outlined below:

Internet abuse:  2-4 weeks limited internet access, depending on the severity of the abuse.
Email abuse: 2-4 weeks withdrawal of email privileges, depending on severity.
Network abuse: 2-4 weeks limited access or total withdrawal depending on the severity.

Please note these sanctions have been designed so that they will not impact on the education of our students. Limited internet access status confines the internet access to a predefined list of websites needed for their studies. This list is maintained by department heads and is updated on a regular basis.

In serious instances a copy of the incident is sent home with an accompanying letter.

Although these incidents are a rarity, this framework of sanctions, accompanied in each case by an interview with a member of the pastoral team, provides an opportunity to reinforce a responsible use ethic that will prepare pupils for ICT use outside the school environment.

The school is happy to answer any questions about this policy, so please feel free to contact us if there is anything you would like to discuss.

 

Headteacher