School Policies

Internet Policy

In order to provide for the appropriate use of the Internet in keeping with the Spartanburg District Two Board of Trustees policy, the following "Acceptable Use Policy" has been developed. It requires student and parental agreements as well as employee and guest agreements. All computers having Internet access must be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Failure to adhere to this "Acceptable Use Policy" will result in revocation of access privileges and, for students, could result in disciplinary actions under school discipline codes. Some violations may also constitute a criminal or civil offense and may result in legal actions being taken.

Internet access if free and is a privilege. A responsible user of the Internet and school/district computer resources may keep access as long as the user is a staff member and student in the Spartanburg District Two School system.

A responsible user may use the Internet to:

  1. Research assigned classroom projects;

  2. Send electronic mail to other users;

  3. Explore other computer accounts.

Unacceptable uses of the Internet which can lead to disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to , the following:

  1. Using the Internet for any illegal purposes;

  2. Using threatening, impolite, or abusive language;

  3. Using and distributing vulgar or obscene material;

  4. Using or distributing material protected by trade secrets;

  5. Violating the rules of common sense or etiquette;

  6. Changing computer files that do not belong to the user;

  7. Sending or receiving copyrighted material without permission (violation of the copyright law);

  8. Sharing his/her password with anyone;

  9. Not reporting an inappropriate site to the teacher or supervisor;

  10. Violating the statutes, policies, and regulations pertaining to privacy, transmitting telephone numbers or addresses for any reason; posting any personal contact information. (School numbers and addresses may be transmitting only with approval of school administrator);

  11. Reposing (forwarding) personal communications without the author's prior consent;

  12. Copying commercial software in violation of copyright laws;

  13. Using the networks for financial gain, for commercial activity, political activity, or for any illegal activity;

  14. Attempting to log on to the Internet using another person's account information;

  15. Attempting to meet with anyone who has been contacted over the network;

  16. Joining discussion or chat groups that do not have a legitimate educational function.

In addition, actions directed toward computer equipment that could lead to disciplinary or legal actions and that could be considered vandalism covered under the school or district's disciplinary codes include, but are not limited, the following:

  1. Any change in Windows or other software files which require a technical services person to restore the system to its original condition;

  2. Removing mouse ball and/or mouse;

  3. Deliberate erasing or changing data and/or files;

  4. Placing foreign objects such as paper clips in disk or CD-ROM drives;

  5. Removing or altering placement of keyboard keys;

  6. Introduction of a virus or any program which results in damage to the computer or software files;

  7. Gaining unauthorized access to the District Two System or any other computer in the District Two system or going beyond authorized access;

  8. Posting chain letters or engaging in "spamming." Spamming is defined as sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

Students in grades K5-12 will have access to the school district Internet connection only as part of instructional activities scheduled by the teachers. Students and parents must sign the "Acceptable Use Agreement" in order to gain authorized access to the school district Internet connection. Also, staff members and any guest users must sign an "Acceptable Use Agreement" for access as well. Principals at each school will be responsible for obtaining and filing Parental Consent Forms. A student must have an approved form on file prior to being allowed access to the Internet.

The principal at each school will designate a school level system administrator who will be responsible for coordinating the activities of all authorized users with access to the school district Internet connection. Such responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Security issues such as user ID's and passwords;

  2. Reporting of unintentional access to inappropriate Web sites by users;

  3. Reporting of unintentional problems to the district Information Management Director;

  4. Coordination of software installations on the systems, as approved by the district office.

Principals at each school must contact the District Office for approval before making software and equipment purchases and building modifications to accommodate computer systems.

Cell Phones / Electronic Devices Policy

Students in grades 6-12 are permitted to have cell phones at school. The cell phones are not to be visible or used during the school day. Phones cannot be taken out at anytime during the school day or at anytime inside the school building. Cell phones should be turned off during the school day. Students are not to make or receive cell phone calls or texts during the school day. A violation of these rules will have the following consequences. These punishments are minimum consequences. Additional punishment could result if for instance a student disrupted class as a result of using his/her cell phone. School Administration will take into consideration our school is now 1:1.

1, 1st Offense: Confiscate phone and call the parent to pick it up. Phones will not be returned to student.

2. 2nd Offense: 1 day ISS

3. 3rd Offense: 1 day OSS

4. 4th Offense: 2 days OSS

5. 5th Offense: 3 days OSS and so on

Student Dress

The dress code described in this administrative rule applies to all students enrolled in Spartanburg County School District Two schools.

Clothing and/or hair should not be so extreme or inappropriate to the school setting as to disrupt the educational process. Therefore, clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.

Wearing accessories or clothing that could pose a safety threat to one’s self or others is not allowed. This includes heavy chains not made as jewelry, fishhooks, multiple-finger rings (rings welded together resembling brass knuckles or rings that can be used as a weapon), studded bracelets or collars, nose/lip to ear chains, etc. Unusual body piercing that is disruptive to the order of the school, or is a distraction to the learning environment, will not be allowed.

Attire must not evidence membership or affiliation with a “gang” in any negative sense of the term. Bandannas and do rags are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated. Hats are not allowed in school buildings. Picks or combs are not allowed in hair. Hair items such as plastic headbands, barrettes and ribbons are permitted. School administrators will not be held liable for confiscated items.

Proper shoes must be worn at all times. Open back shoes are permitted. Shower shoes and bedroom slippers are not permitted.

Attire must not be immodest, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive. Attire cannot reference or depict alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or paraphernalia.

Lower garments should be of adequate length to assure modesty when the student is seated or engaged in school activities.

Pants must be worn at the natural waistline and undergarments are not to be visible. If they do not fit properly, a belt must be worn to keep them in place.

Shirts must be tucked in to the extent that belts or waistbands are clearly visible at all times unless it is clear that a weapon or contraband can not be concealed under the shirt.

Blouses/tops made to the worn on the outside of the pants must extend at least to the waistline, but not hang excessively below the waistline so as to create a safety risk.

Sleeveless attire cannot reveal undergarments. Shirts cannot be tight, low cut or show cleavage. Shirts should be loose fitting and fully cover the upper body. Tank tops, halter-tops, shirts with spaghetti straps and see through shirts will not be allowed.

Clothing must cover waist, shoulders and back with no skin showing between the top garment and bottom garment.

Pants and slacks must not touch the floor (no bagging, sagging or dragging clothing).

No exposed undergarments.

No transparent or mesh clothing without an appropriate shirt underneath.

No clothing that is excessively form fitting (i.e. spandex).

No sunglasses may be worn inside the buildings.

No wallet chains or other type chains that may be dangerous or disruptive.

Students may not continue to attend class wearing inappropriate clothing. Neither parents/legal guardians nor students will place the burden of enforcing the dress code solely on the school. Parents/Legal guardians and students are expected to comply with this regulation to ensure that a comfortable, safe and non-confrontational environment is provided for all students. Administrators and faculty members are expected to strictly enforce the dress code at all times.

Violations of the dress code will result in the following.

Student(s) will be required to return home and change into appropriate attire or parent/legal guardian can bring proper clothing to school or student will be sent to ISS.

Repeated violations of this dress code will be treated as disruptive behavior in violation of the student code of conduct. However, dress code violations will not carry over on the student’s discipline record to subsequent years.

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