The Hingham Public Schools provides information networks and systems in order to allow school employees to serve the school community more efficiently and effectively.

This policy is intended to provide rules and guidelines concerning the appropriate use of the Hingham Public School’s network (“network”) and systems (“systems”). These “systems” and “network” included, but are not limited to, computer workstations, notebook (laptop) computers, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), computer peripherals (printers, copiers, scanners, etc.), software applications, electronic mail (email), telephones (standard and cellular including smartphone, “Blackberry” type or future generation devices), facsimile machines (fax), copiers, servers, network infrastructure devices (switches, routers, etc.), the Internet, and any school department-related content generated or accessed from non-Hingham Public Schools systems. Any person using the Town’s network or systems shall be considered a user (“user”) of the network and systems.

Use of the Hingham Public School’s network and systems shall constitute acceptance of the terms set forth in this Information Network and Systems Acceptable Use Policy (“Policy”), as amended from time to time, and any other related policies issued by the School Department. The School Department reserves the right to amend this Policy at any time at the discretion of the School Committee.

Administrators and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all of their employees using computers have read the Policy and related procedures under 2.15A and have understood its applicability to their activities.

3/14/11