Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Digital Citizenship

Many of our students in grades 5-8 (and increasingly in younger grades as well) have smartphones.  They use these powerful computers to communicate with their families and friends. They download a variety of apps to document their lives, communicate with others, and to entertain themselves.  Along with easy access comes tremendous responsibility. How do our students make responsible choices in deciding what images to post, what comments to make, and what websites to access? We work to help them understand the implications of their digital footprints for themselves and for others.  Inappropriate use of social media that takes place during or after school and that negatively impacts other members of the community will be subject to disciplinary action at school.  

PS/IS 276 Internet Access and Appropriate Use Agreement

The New York City Department of Education has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the Department of Education.  Below are excerpts in italics from the DOE internet acceptable use policy that pertains to students. Following the excerpt, we have included explanations of how that component is addressed at school.


Users have no right to privacy while using the Department’s Internet Systems. The Department monitors users’ online activities and reserves the right to access, review, copy, store, or delete any electronic communications or files. This includes any items stored on Department-provided devices, such as files, e-mails, cookies, and Internet history. 

Everything on DOE computers and internet systems is subject to FOIA requests.  

We use Google Classroom, a free learning management system that has maximum privacy settings. Students have email addresses that have protections built-in. 

Prohibited Uses of the Department’s Internet Systems

Users may not engage in any of the activities prohibited by this policy when using or accessing the Department’s Internet Systems including wifi and LAN systems. 

If a student is uncertain whether a behavior is prohibited, he or she should contact a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate Department personnel.   The Department reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities that (1) create security and/or safety issues for the Department, students, employees, schools, network or computer resources, or (2) expend Department resources on content the Department determines lacks legitimate educational or Department content or purpose, or (3) the Department determines are inappropriate.

Students Using the Department’s Internet Systems

Acceptable Use  

The use of student accounts and school technology must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of PS/IS 276. Transmission of any material in violation of any national or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material.  Additionally, gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to the department’s Internet Systems or to any third party’s computer systems. A partial list of unauthorized activities includes:

Members of the Battery Park City School community are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

 Violations of this Policy

If a student violates this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken consistent with the Discipline Code and applicable Chancellor’s Regulations.  If a student’s access to the Department’s Internet System is revoked, the student may not be penalized academically, and the Department will ensure that the student continues to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the educational program. 

All users must promptly disclose to their teacher, supervisor, principal or manager any information they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable. 

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. The system administrators may close an account at any time as required.