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Safe Harbor Provision

A student may approach a school official or contracted personnel and turn in an object which is not allowed by the Code. Unless an investigation by school officials regarding the possession of an object that is not allowed by the Code has already started, a student who approaches a school official and turns in the object, may not receive discipline. An investigation starts when a school official or contracted personnel becomes aware of the object that is not allowed by the Code. The school will make arrangements with the student’s parent/guardian to pick up the object from the school, if applicable.

If a student discovers illegal objects such as drugs, weapons, or other contraband on school property, including on a school bus, the student may approach a school official or contracted personnel and report the discovery. A student may not be in violation of the Code by making such a report. School officials shall adhere to policies and procedures concerning further investigation of the report.

Law enforcement may be contacted for specific offenses, which may include, but are not limited to, firearms, drugs, and explosive devices. Objects not allowed by the Code that are discovered during a random search are not protected by the Safe Harbor provisions.

Participation in Extracurricular/Co-curricular Activities

In order to participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities or athletic programs, students must adhere to Board policies, school-based criteria, and applicable law. A student may not be eligible to participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities for certain disciplinary offenses. It is important for students to understand that the behavioral expectations placed upon students by the school can extend beyond the classroom and school campus. Pursuant to Florida law, the Board has the authority to withhold participation privileges from students. In addition, schools reserve the right to remove any student for any offense of the Code which substantially disrupts the school or community.

A student may not participate in any extracurricular/co-curricular activity if the student participated in that same sport at another school during the same school year unless the student has been relocated due to foster care placement, experienced death of a parent/guardian, or been impacted by military orders or court-ordered changes in custody. A student’s eligibility to participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities may not be affected by recruiting allegations until a final determination has been reached.

The Juvenile Justice System has committed to working in conjunction with school officials toward maintaining standards of behavior for all students including those who participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities. With this in mind, any student who has been formally charged with a felony or similar offense by a prosecuting attorney shall be excluded from participation in extracurricular/co-curricular activities for a minimum of one calendar year. If the student is not found guilty or if the charges are dismissed, the student may return upon presenting documentation of the court’s decision. Additionally, a student is ineligible to participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities if a court order prohibits the student’s enrollment in a traditional school setting.

Any student who has committed a Level III hazing offense shall be excluded from participation in extracurricular/co-curricular activities for a minimum of one calendar year. Any student who has committed a Level IV hazing offense shall be excluded from participation in extracurricular/co-curricular activities for the remainder of their enrollment at OCPS.

Nothing in this section of the Code shall preclude the exercising of any existing authority of the Superintendent/designee or the Juvenile Justice System.

Additional information pertaining to extracurricular/co-curricular activities can be found in Board Policy JJ titled “Extracurricular Activities.”

Student Dress

The dress and grooming of Orange County Public Schools’ students shall contribute to the health and safety of the individual, promote a positive educational environment, and not disrupt the educational activities and processes of the school. These standards of dress and grooming apply to all students in the public schools of Orange County, unless a specific exemption is granted by the principal. Any request for an exemption shall be made to the principal.
  1. Clothes shall be worn as they are designed. For example, suspenders should be over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed.
  2. Clothing must cover the body from one armpit across to the other armpit and down to approximately mid-thigh (see image to the right). Tops must have straps. Undergarments must not be viewable. Rips, holes, or tears in clothing must be below mid-thigh.
  3. Shoes shall be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment. The following shoes are not acceptable for any OCPS student: cleated shoes or shoes with wheels.
  4. Headgear shall not be worn on campus during the school day, unless the headgear is approved by the principal.
  5. Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms, or safety gear and must be approved by the principal before being worn during the school day.
  6. See-through, revealing, or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of this dress code.
  7. Gang paraphernalia, garments and/or jewelry, tattoos, or other insignias, which display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, alcohol, or tobacco-related wording/graphics or may tend to provoke violence or disruption in school shall not be worn.
  8. Clothing must not state, imply, or depict hate speech or imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected class.
  9. Clothing and accessories that endanger students or staff shall not be worn.
  10. Students shall wear a face mask/face covering/face shield if required by the Board, OCPS, Principal, or other official with authority to mandate the wearing of this protective gear. This requirement may be waived with approval from the principal only if a student is medically unable to wear a face mask/face covering/face shield.
  11. Individual schools may implement school uniforms with community input and approval of the principal’s supervisor.
  12. Individual schools are expected to use the state and district dress and grooming guidelines as minimum standards; any adjustments may be made upon approval of the principal’s supervisor. The principal at each school reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is for the school as detailed in these minimum standards.

 

Any student who violates this dress policy will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in Sections IV and V of the Code, Section 1006.07(2)(d), Florida Statutes, and below:

  1. For a first offense, a student shall be given a verbal warning and the school principal shall call the student’s parent/guardian.
  2. For the second offense, a student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of time not to exceed 5 days and the school principal shall meet with the student’s parent/guardian.
  3. For a third or subsequent offense, a student shall receive an in-school suspension pursuant to Section 1003.01(5), Florida Statutes, for a period not to exceed 3 days, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period not to exceed 30 days, and the school principal shall call the student’s parent/guardian and send the parent/guardian a written letter regarding the dress code violation.

 

 

Standards of Conduct for Students using Transportation Provided by OCPS

Because of OCPS’s continuing efforts to provide safe transportation for all students, whether for a field trip, athletic function, similar activity, or to and from home, students are expected to abide by the following standards of school bus behavior, in addition to the Code:
  1. Obey the bus driver at all times.
  2. Stand off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  3. Be at the bus stop five minutes prior to a scheduled stop time.
  4. Cross the roadway several steps in front of the bus.
  5. Ride only on the assigned bus.
  6. Board and depart at the assigned bus stop.
  7. Act appropriately while waiting for the bus.
  8. Give your proper name when requested by the bus operator or monitor.
  9. Remain seated at all times when the bus is moving and properly wear a seat belt, as applicable.
  10. Remain silent when the dome lights are on.
  11. Remain silent at railroad crossings.
  12. Refrain from littering on the bus.
  13. Refrain from bringing reptiles, bugs, animals, or marine life (dead or alive) on the bus unrelated to school activities.
  14. Refrain from displaying signs from the bus.
  15. Refrain from using profane language or gestures.
  16. Refrain from acts of vandalism.
  17. Refrain from throwing any objects from the windows of the bus.
  18. Refrain from any conduct or behavior that interferes with the orderly, safe, and expeditious transportation of yourself or other bus riders.
  19. Students are permitted to use their electronic device while on OCPS/OCPS-sponsored transportation so long as the student utilizes earbuds, headphones, etc. and has at least one ear free to hear directions.
  20. Skate boards are not permitted on the school bus.

Recording devices have been installed on many buses. Students may be filmed at any time during their ride. The recordings may be utilized to determine violations of the Code. Violations of the aforementioned standards, or any other section of the Code may be the basis for suspension or expulsion from the bus/school.

Possession, Use, or Sale of Controlled Substances and/or Alcohol

According to state law and Board Policy JICH, titled “Drug and Alcohol Use by Students,” the unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled substances, as defined in Chapter 893, Florida Statutes, and/or alcohol by any student while the student is upon school property or in attendance at a school function is grounds for disciplinary action by the school (such as suspension and/or expulsion) and may also result in criminal penalties being imposed.

Possession of Firearms or Weapons on OCPS Property

Possession of a firearm or weapon, as defined in Chapter 790 of the Florida Statutes, by any student or visitor (except law enforcement officers as defined in Chapter 943, Florida Statutes) while the student or visitor is on school property or in attendance at a school function, is grounds for disciplinary action and may also result in criminal prosecution. This includes, but is not limited to, possessing or carrying a firearm or weapon on his/her person, in a vehicle, container or other conveyance.

Any student who is determined to have brought a firearm or weapon, as defined in Chapter 790 of the Florida Statutes, to school, to any school function, or onto any school-sponsored transportation, or to have possessed a firearm or weapon at school, will be expelled, with or without continuing educational services, from the student’s regular school for a period of not less than one (1) full year and referred to mental health services identified by OCPS pursuant to Section 1012.584(4), Florida Statutes and the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

Simulated Weapons

A student may not receive disciplinary action for simulating a firearm or weapon while playing, or for wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon, or expressing an opinion regarding Second Amendment Rights, unless the simulation causes a substantial disruption to learning, causes bodily harm, or places another person in fear of harm as outlined below. Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing includes, but is not limited to:
  • Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm or weapon.
  • Possessing a toy firearm or weapon that is two (2) inches or less in overall length.
  • Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks.
  • Using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.
  • Vocalizing an imaginary firearm or weapon.
  • Drawing a picture, or possessing an image, of a firearm or weapon.
  • Using a pencil, pen, or other writing or drawing utensil to simulate a firearm or weapon.

However, a student may receive disciplinary action if simulating a firearm or weapon while playing, if the playing substantially disrupts student learning, causes bodily harm to another person, or places another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm. The severity of consequences imposed upon a student, including referral to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system, must be proportionate to the severity of the offense and consistent with Board policies for similar offenses. If a student is disciplined for such conduct, the school principal or designee must call the student’s parent/guardian. Disciplinary action resulting from a student’s clothing or accessories that depict firearms or weapons shall be determined pursuant to the OCPS Dress Code, unless the wearing of the clothing or accessories causes a substantial disruption to student learning, in which case the infraction may be addressed in a manner that is consistent with Board policies for similar offenses. This paragraph does not prohibit schools from adopting a school uniform policy.

Threats or False Reports

Any student who makes a threat or false report as defined by Sections 790.162, 790.163, and 836.10, Florida Statutes, involving school or school personnel’s property, school transportation, or a school-sponsored activity will be expelled, with or without continuing educational services, for a period of not less than one (1) full school year and referred to law enforcement, regardless of intent. Threats may include, but are not limited to: bomb threats; threats to use firearms in a violent manner; threats to kill or do bodily injury; and/or threats to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

The Disciplinary Response Code for Secondary and Elementary provides additional definitions for threats. Threats can be direct or indirect. A direct threat may include a specific act or a specific victim. A direct threat is delivered in a straightforward and clear manner, such as making a threat verbally or in writing directly to the victim. Indirect threats may be unclear or hidden. Indirect threats may not state a specific victim or there is no intent that the threat be heard or seen by the victim, such as writing a threat that is not shown to the victim.

In addition, if a student makes a statement or posts statements on social media alluding to the student bringing a firearm or other weapon to school, on school transportation, or to a school-sponsored event, even if the student does not actually bring the firearm or weapon, the student will be presumed to cause a disruptive environment which will lead to disciplinary action and possible criminal penalties. This section includes students who post similar statements as a self-defense tactic.

Zero Tolerance for School-Related Violent Crime

In accordance with Section 1006.13, Florida Statutes, the intent of OCPS is to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in schools, to protect students and staff from conduct that poses a threat to school safety, and to encourage schools to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies. The Zero Tolerance Policy is not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors. The Zero Tolerance Policy must apply equally to all students regardless of their economic status, race, or disability. Refer to Board Policy JIC, titled “Code of Student Conduct,” for further information.

Violence Against School Employees

Any aggression or physical violence against an employee is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Violence against any OCPS employee, contracted personnel, or volunteer, by a student is grounds for in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or any other disciplinary action by the school and may also result in criminal penalties.

In addition, any student found to have committed any offense in Section 784.081, Florida Statutes, shall be expelled or placed in an alternative school setting or other program, as appropriate. The offenses listed within Section 784.081, Florida Statutes, include, assault or aggravated assault, or a battery or aggravated battery, upon any school district employee when the person committing the offense knows or has reason to know the identity or position or employment of the victim. Upon being charged with the offense, the student shall be removed from the classroom immediately and placed in an alternative school setting pending disposition.

Cell Phone Policy for Students

A student may possess a cell phone on school property and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours, the cell phone remains off and is concealed. However, cell phones/headphones can be used during the school day, if use is part of the curriculum and outlined in the teacher’s lesson/syllabus. Violations of this policy may result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or other disciplinary actions. In addition, if the cell phone is used in a criminal act (such as sexting as outlined in Florida Statutes and the Code), the cell phone will be provided to law enforcement and the student may face criminal penalties.

If confiscated, the parent/guardian will make arrangements to pick up the cell phone from the school, unless law enforcement has taken possession of the cell phone for a criminal act.

At no time shall OCPS be responsible for theft, loss or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property.

These standards apply to all students in the public schools of Orange County, unless an exemption is granted by the principal. Any request for an exemption shall be made to the principal.

Sexting

Sexting
In accordance with Board Policy JIC, titled “Code of Student Conduct,” and Section 847.0141, Florida Statutes, sexting is defined as using any computer or electronic device to send, forward, display, retain, store or post sexually explicit, lewd, indecent or pornographic photographs, images or messages. Sexting will not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action during:
  • School hours or school activities on or off campus;
  • While on Board property; or
  • Beyond the hours of school operation if the behavior adversely affects the personal safety or well-being of school-related individuals, the governance, climate or efficient operation of the school; or the education process or experience.

Student Parking and School Locker Search

All OCPS parking areas and lockers are the property of the school district. School authorities have the right to inspect any student vehicle and/or lockers in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all students and school employees. This includes use of sniffing K-9 detector dogs. Each student who uses OCPS property to park a vehicle or uses a school locker must sign an OCPS Student Parking and/or Student Locker Application and Consent to Search and Waiver of Liability form acknowledging and agreeing to the conditions as a prerequisite to, and in consideration for, the issuance of a student parking decal and/or a student locker. Individual student parked vehicles and/or locker searches will be conducted if school personnel have reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law or of the Code. A student will be presumed to be in possession of an object prohibited by the Code if the object is found in the car the student drove on campus or in the student’s locker. Routine locker clean-ups are not considered searches.

Search of an Individual

Any individual on OCPS property is subject to search. To this end, OCPS recognizes the need to respect the rights of individuals while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all students and school employees. OCPS has developed operational guidelines for random electronic scanning utilizing metal detectors and “hands-on” physical searches in schools as a means of helping to create and to maintain a safe educational environment in Orange County. As it relates to student discipline investigations, school personnel are authorized to search a student and their property if reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law or Code exists.

Hazing

In accordance with Section 1006.135, Florida Statutes, and Board Policy JIC, titled, “Code of Student Conduct,” OCPS is committed to protecting its students from any hazing activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and off school property if the misconduct is connected to participation or membership of a club or organization of a school. Hazing will not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action. Any student, employee, parent/guardian, or third party who has knowledge or engages in hazing, may report it directly to the principal or designee. The reporting of any act of hazing may be made anonymously.

Hazing is defined as any action or situation that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student at a school with any of grades 6-12 for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a school with any of grades 6 through 12. “Hazing” includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating State or Federal law; forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance; forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student; or any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

Teen Dating Violence and Abuse

Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence or abuse by any student is prohibited on school property, during any school related or school-sponsored program or activity, and on school-sponsored transportation, and will be subject to disciplinary action and may result in criminal penalties.

Anyone who suspects dating violence and abuse is occurring should report the dating violence and abuse to the school administration for further investigation. The reporter may choose to remain anonymous. Any allegations of dating violence will be investigated in accordance with Board Policy JB titled, “Equal Educational Opportunities.”

Trafficking

Any form of trafficking, either human trafficking or drug trafficking, is prohibited on all OCPS property, at school-sponsored activities, and on school transportation. Anyone who is a victim of trafficking or anyone who suspects trafficking is occurring and involves OCPS students or employees, should report the allegations to school administration for further investigation. School administration should consult with the school resource officer, or law enforcement officer if the school resource officer is unavailable, before beginning an investigation. The reporter may choose to remain anonymous.

Tobacco/Vaping

Board Policy ADC, titled, “Tobacco Free Schools and Facilities,” prohibits the use of all tobacco products, tobacco-related products, and electronic smoking devices on Board Property at all times. Students are prohibited from possessing, using, consuming, displaying, promoting, or selling/buying any tobacco product, tobacco-related product, electronic smoking device, or any item represented as such, at any time while on Board property or attending a school-sponsored event. This prohibition includes wearing clothing or using other items to advertise or promote tobacco products or electronic smoking devices.

Expulsion

Florida law (Section 1003.01, Florida Statutes) defines “expulsion” as the removal of the right and obligation of a student to attend a public school under conditions set by OCPS, and for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the term or school year and one (1) additional year of attendance. Expulsions may be imposed with or without continuing educational services and shall be reported accordingly.

All Level IV Offenses may result in a one (1) year expulsion from all OCPS schools with or without continuing educational services. Some Level IV offenses require a mandatory one (1) year expulsion as provided by the zero tolerance policy outlined in Florida Statutes and this Code; these offenses include: firearm/weapon possession/use and/or threats or false reports.

Please note, the term “expulsion” is interchangeable with “full exclusion” and “expelled.”

Out-of-School Suspension

Florida law (Section 1003.01, Florida Statutes) defines “suspension” as the temporary removal of a student from all classes of instruction on public school grounds and all other school-sponsored activities, except as authorized by the principal or the principal’s designee, for a period not to exceed 10 school days and remanding of the student to the custody of the student’s parent with specific homework assignments for the student to complete.

The Code has certain offenses that could result in out-of-school suspension. If a student receives out-of-school suspension they are prohibited from attending school, any school-sponsored activity, or athletic program/event.

Students may qualify for an Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension (A2S) Program based on their disciplinary offense. A2S provides students with a safe, structured, alternative to complete assignments from teachers, while providing character education for life and social skills training. To qualify for A2S, the student’s school administration coordinates with the parent/guardian and student to discuss the A2S process.

Positive Alternative to School Suspension

Florida law (Section 1003.01, Florida Statutes) defines “in-school suspension” as the temporary removal of a student from the student’s regular school program and placement in an alternative program under the supervision of OCPS personnel, for a period not to exceed 10 days.

The Positive Alternative to School Suspension (PASS) program is a short-term, on-site intervention classroom initiative designed to address the unique needs of students who have committed a school level behavioral offense. The classroom components help students develop more effective coping skills, character development principles, pro-social behaviors, while remaining on track with academics in the classroom. Restorative Practices are included in the PASS program and used in congruence with the classroom components. PASS is designed as an enhancement to the Code. Only administrators with official referral documentation may place a student in PASS. These placements are on a period by period basis or for an amount of days not to exceed 10 days for any single placement. The goal of this program is to allow schools and administrators to effectively deal with Code violations that do not require a student be removed from the school setting.

Restorative Practices

OCPS has implemented Restorative Practices to address the unique needs of students who have committed behavior offenses in violation of the Code. Incidents that may qualify for participation in Restorative Practices include, but are not limited to, disrespect, insubordination, and altercations. A trained school staff member (administrator, teacher, or counselor) facilitates Restorative Practices conflict resolution circles with the person harmed and the person causing harm. Restorative Practices promote inclusiveness, relationship building, and problem-solving. Some restorative methods include using affective statements, restorative questions, community building circles, and conflict resolution circles.

Restorative Practices also aim to build a school culture that focuses on developing and maintaining relationships among educators and students. Through Restorative Practice, all voices are heard as problems are addressed and solved. Restorative Practices teach the social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills necessary to reduce conflict.

Successful completion of Restorative Practices can serve as an acceptable consequence in lieu of a suspension or other appropriate disciplinary response.

Court Orders and Felony Suspension/Expulsion

If a student is formally charged by a prosecuting attorney for a felony offense, or an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult, a felony suspension proceeding may be initiated against the student as permitted by Section 1006.09, Florida Statutes. Additional information can be found in Section VI of the Code.

In addition, if a student has a no-contact order with other children or students, the student may be removed from their current school of enrollment and placed in another OCPS school or program. Additional information regarding no-contact orders and felony offenses can be found in Section 1006.13, Florida Statutes, and Board Policy JIC, titled, “Code of Student Conduct.”

Consultation with Law Enforcement

Section 1006.13, Florida Statutes, and Board Policy JIC, titled, “Code of Student Conduct,” requires OCPS employees to consult with the school resource officer (SRO), or law enforcement officer if the SRO is not available, when a reasonable person believes a crime has occurred within the Board’s jurisdiction or when there is a threat to school safety. If a crime committed by a student is deemed as an eligible misdemeanor offense, authorized under Section 985.12, Florida Statutes, the school principal or designee may recommend that the student be allowed to participate in a civil citation or similar pre-arrest diversion program as an alternative to arrest or full expulsion. The final determination of whether the SRO or law enforcement officer will issue a civil citation or pre-arrest diversion program rests solely with the SRO or law enforcement officer and does not exempt the student from receiving other forms of discipline interventions from the school. This recommendation cannot be made for certain offenses, which includes, but is not limited to, the following: felonies; threats to the school; and possession/use of a firearm or weapon.

Petty Acts of Misconduct

Board Policy JIC, titled, “Code of Student Conduct,” defines petty acts of misconduct as acts that do not pose a threat to school safety or the safety of others and are not considered a crime under federal or state statutes. The principal or designee may assign a student who commits a single petty act of misconduct to a school-based intervention program as permitted in Section IV and Section V of this Code.

Dual Enrollment/Postsecondary Notification

Students who participate in a dual-enrollment program are subject to both the OCPS Code and the participating postsecondary institution’s Code of Student Conduct. Any disciplinary offenses that occur on OCPS campus will be reported to the participating postsecondary school where the student is dually enrolled and may result in the student being excused from the program. In addition, any disciplinary offenses that occur on the postsecondary institution’s campus will be reported to OCPS for further investigation.

Failure to Attend Classes

If a student arrives at school and then leaves campus, has temporary absences from classes, or fails to attend specific classes, the school can take disciplinary action for skipping.

Truancy

If a student is required by law to attend school, the school will not suspend the student for unexcused absences or truancy. Florida law requires the Superintendent to report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the name, date of birth, sex, and social security number of all students (14-17 years of age) who accumulate 15 unexcused absences in any 90 calendar day period. These students could lose driver’s licenses or the privilege to obtain a driver’s license if deemed truant by the school and Florida Statutes. In addition, parents/guardians of habitually truant students are subject to actions taken through the judicial system.

Corporal Punishment

The Board prohibits the administration of corporal punishment in the school district.

Internet Policy: Student Technology Acceptable and Responsible Use Agreement

OCPS is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment. OCPS believes that all students should have access to technology (e.g. software, Internet, and network access) when they act in a responsible, efficient, courteous, and legal manner. This document contains the Student Technology Acceptable and Responsible Use Agreement for student use of the internet.

Educational Purpose

Technology access has been established for educational purposes and will be consistent with the district’s curriculum and the Florida Standards. The term “educational purpose” includes academic activities that directly improve upon 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

Students are expected to follow the rules set forth in the Code and the law in the use of the Internet and network resources.

Students may not use the Internet for commercial purposes. This means they may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the Internet at any school using district resources.

Student Internet Access

All students will have district-supervised access to the Internet through the classroom, media center, or computer lab. In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), all OCPS web access is filtered. However, this does not preclude the possibility that inappropriate sites are not blocked.

Students will use OCPS Internet access for educational purposes only and will not access profane or obscene material, advocate illegal acts, or advocate violence or discrimination towards other people.

Responsible Uses

In order to ensure a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all, students are expected to demonstrate responsible technology uses. Students will keep information, such as his/her password, address, phone number, birthday, and other identifiable information private. Students will report anyone who tries to use technology to hurt or harass other students or staff or anyone who makes him/her feel uncomfortable.

Students will not login to any account other than their own or use OCPS technology to engage in any illegal acts, such as drug sales, purchasing alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of another person, cyber-stalking, or cyberbullying.

Inappropriate Language

Students will treat others with respect by using appropriate language and offer constructive criticism if appropriate. Students will not use inappropriate language, harass others, knowingly or recklessly communicate false or defamatory information about a person or organization, share privately sent messages without permission of the person who sent it, share private information about another person, or participate in sexting.

System Security

All students will allow any teacher, administrator, or OCPS IT staff to review their work and activities created on a school device or OCPS network at any time. Students are required to ask for permission before connecting his/her personal device to the OCPS network and will make sure any devices used on the OCPS network are approved by the district.

Students will not use technology to gain access to student grades or private student records, download unauthorized software, apps, extensions, or plug-ins on a school device, intentionally spread computer viruses, or bypass, destruct, disrupt, modify, or abuse OCPS network access.