The full PMBootCamp Policy is shown below.
PMBootCamp Policy for Staff and Students
PMBootCamp (PMBC) continues to invest heavily in Information and Communication Technology. The provision of PMBC throughout the site is seen as integral to the curriculum of all subject areas and the administrative systems that support the site's operations. This policy sets out the site's policy for acceptable use of these systems by staff and students.
The PMBC reserves the right to monitor all activity on the site by all users. All electronic data held on this site is the property of the PMBC. The Director of PMBC, Site Manager and any designated staff can access any data stored on the site at any time to ensure the system is being used appropriately. Also, at the request of the Head Teacher or a Line Manager the PMBC support team will investigate if there has been a breach of this policy by searching files and communications on the site. Students should not expect nor assume that their files, emails and Internet activities are private.
Use of PMBC Systems
Staff and students are provided with free access to a wide range of PMBC provision to enable and assist their work and educational development. By using the provisions, all users are agreeing to this acceptable use policy. Users are responsible for their use and activity on this site. Any use that contravenes this policy will be dealt with by the standard disciplinary routes and may involve withdrawal of PMBC usage privileges.
General Guidelines for PMBC and Internet Usage
Below are some general guidelines for staff and students regarding the use of PMBC website. This list is not meant to exhaustive, but to highlight the key areas of good practice for safe and responsible use of these site.
- Users must not use obscene or offensive language at any time. This includes graphics and audio or video recordings.
- Users must not use the school's website to harass or bully any other person. Any such activity will be treated the same as physical bullying and be subject to the same antibullying policy.
- Under no circumstances should any users of the PMBC systems download, upload material that is unsuitable for children or schools. This includes any material of a violent, racist or inappropriate sexual nature. The transmission, display, storage or promotion of any such material is a violation of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and possession of certain types of material can lead to police prosecution.
- Users are all given a unique user name and password. This password must be kept secret at all times. Staff should change their password at regular intervals to maintain the security of their files and the data that they have access to. The PMBC Support team will, at times force all users to change their passwords. If a student feels their password has been compromised they must see contact PMBC Support team immediately to have it reset. The PMBC Support team does not know any users passwords and will only reset the password of a user at their own request.
- Any activity carried out under your user name is your responsibility. It is your responsibility to ensure that you properly log out of the sitewhen you have finished using it.
- Users are responsible for all files that are stored in their storage area and any webpage that have been visited by their user account.
- Users must not use another person's account nor attempt in any way to discover their password.
- Users may not use any of the school's resources for financial gain, political or any commercial activity.
- Users must not breach the copyright of any materials whilst using the school's resources. This includes, but is not exclusive to:
- Not copying, or attempting to copy, any of the school's content
- Not copying the work of another user or engaging in plagiarism
- Not storing any files, which require copyright permission for those that they do not hold the copyright to, in their personal storage area; for example MP3 files or pictures taken by somebody else
- Any breach of copyright whilst using the school's website is the individual users responsibility and the school cannot accept any liability or litigation for such a breach.
- Any attempt by a user to compromise the security or functionality of the school website, from either internally or externally, will be considered as ‘hacking’. It should be noted that ‘hacking’ is illegal under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and is prosecutable under law.
- When accessing any of the school's resources from home or an external location, this policy still applies.
- The school can not be held responsible for any failed personal financial transaction that may happen whilst using the school's website.
- Any attempt to circumvent the school's firewall and Internet filtering systems will be treated as a breach of this policy. This includes the use of proxy servers and websites to bypass the Internet filtering system. Such activity will be subject to the standard disciplinary procedures and could mean the removal of access to the School's website.
- There is a wealth of information on the Internet, however due the open nature of the Internet, a lot of material is either illegal or unacceptable. Any user that thinks inappropriate or illegal material is being accessed must report it to their teacher, line manager or the support team. Any user found accessing such material will be subject to the school's disciplinary procedures.
Email Guidelines for Staff
All staff are provided with a school email address. The use of this account is monitored by the school and also by the company that provide the email addresses for us. Email is a very powerful communication tool, however some points should be made regarding it's safe and proper usage.
- Email facilities are provided for staff as a method of enhancing communication of work related issues. All users will be responsible for the content of the messages they send. Any informal or private use of email must be carried out in the employee's own time.
- All email communication can be intercepted at any point between you and the recipient. The safest thing is to assume that sending an email is the same as sending a postcard. Users are reminded that use can be monitored and random checks will be made.
- When sending an email the same care and consideration should be taken as when sending a letter on School Letter Head.
- Email is the equivalent of a written document and can be used as an evidential record. With this in mind care and consideration should always be taken before sending an email.
- Where there is a concern that a member of staff has misused the email system, action may be taken in line with the school's disciplinary procedure.
- Email should not replace traditional methods of communication. For example sensitive managerial issues or issues of a secure nature should be communicated in a face to face environment.
- When communicating with students via email do not under any circumstances, give out your personal email address. Always use your school address as we can protect you in the event of any false claims being made. Any communication between staff and students from a nonschool email address is not logged by us and therefore is an insecure and inappropriate method of communication.
- Emails which are abusive, defamatory or discriminatory in any fashion must not be sent. Any such action will result in disciplinary action.
- Staff are not permitted to use the school's email system to distribute unsolicited or chain mail. Any such mail that arrives in the school's system should be deleted immediately and not distributed around the school's systems.
- Staff who receive emails regarding viruses or security threats must forward them to support.
- When sending emails Staff should ensure that they have carefully thought through what they are sending first.
This policy and guidelines are not meant to be an exhaustive list.
Last updated July 1, 2009