Policies & Guidelines

Fredericksburg City Public Schools Technology Department provides all technology services to district entities, including but not limited to data, and wireless networks and services; Internet, email, and academic and administrative systems. All district entities are required to use the centrally provided technology services. The acquisition of technology services or resources outside of Fredericksburg City Schools Network is not permitted without the prior approval of the Director of Technology.

If you feel that a specific policy listed below is being violated, please report it to the school’s administrator.

To ensure that the policies below remain current, they are under constant review by the administration. Suggestions, questions and concerns are welcome, and should be addressed to the Director of Technology.

It is the district’s intent to protect each individual’s identity and data as well as the division’s investments of resources to establish an electronic data network with these specific policies and guidelines. It is not the district’s intent to hinder or impede the educational process.

Some of the policies listed below are driven by federal regulations such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Some are driven by state legislation such as our Acceptable Computer Use Policy and our Internet Safety Policy. Some are driven by our local school board Policy Manual. In fact some of the policies and guidelines listed are just plain common sense.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C.  1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Fredericksburg City Public Schools Acceptable Computer Use Policy for Employees and Students defines what students are allowed to do while using school computers, network and the Internet.

Legislation approved by the 2006 General Assembly and signed by Governor Kaine adds a requirement to the division’s Acceptable Computer Use policy which mandated the inclusion of a component on Internet safety for students be integrated within a division’s instructional program. Fredericksburg City Public Schools utilized i-SAFE Inc. a producer of Internet safety education materials. i-SAFE is non-profit and funded by the US Congress through the Department of Justice. i-SAFE is dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth. The online learning modules are accessible free of charge via the web as well as all materials.

Policy & Guidelines for password security

Policy for Information Technology Acquisition, Development and Deployment

Guidelines for district computer labs used by faculty, students, and administration.