Internet Use Policy

Dothan City Schools

DCSNET

Use of the Internet and Other Instructional Technology

The Dothan City School System has actively pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students. Internet access is available to students through DCSNet. Our goal in providing this service to students is to promote educational excellence in our schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students have access to:

    • Electronic mail communication with people all over the world
    • Information and news as well as the opportunity to correspond with the scientists from NASA and other research institutions
    • Public domain and shareware of all types
    • Discussion groups on a plethora of topics
    • Access to many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress, and ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), as well as others

The mission of the Dothan City School System is to prepare students for success in life and work in the 21st century. Students must learn what actions are appropriate on a limited purpose network as compared to what actions might be appropriate through a general personal account. The school system has taken many precautions to restrict access to controversial material. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials which might be found purposely or inadvertently. The users of the DCSNet are expected to follow the rules set forth in the Dothan City Schools Code of Conduct and the law.

Therefore, all students who use the Internet will be required each year to sign a DCSNet Agreement that will be co-signed by parents.

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