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The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

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Acceptable Use of Computer Systems 6-64.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-64.1


Acceptable Use of Computer Systems

  1. Purpose

    This Regulation defines the responsibilities of all users of School Division computer systems as defined in School Board Policy 6-62. Computer systems include, but are not limited to, all computers, electronic tablets, electronic readers, servers, network devices, telecommunication devices, multifunction devices, printers, scanners, peripheral equipment, local and wide area networks, Internet access, software, apps, application systems, web resources, data, and digital content.

    1. Effective performance of computer and telecommunications networks, whether local or global, relies upon end users adhering to established standards of proper conduct. This regulation defines the responsibilities of Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees, non-employees, and students using the computer systems. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the computer systems. If a user violates any of these provisions, his or her access to the computer systems will be revoked and disciplinary action taken. This resource, as with any other public resources, demands that those entrusted with the privilege of its use be accountable. Use of the computer systems must support education and/or research or school business, the mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and be in accordance with all School Board policies and regulations. Access to the computer systems is a privilege, not a right.
    2. Appropriate uses of the computer systems must be for educational purposes related to School Division business and may include, but are not limited to, promoting educational excellence, resource sharing, facilitating innovative instruction, communication, and collaboration. Further, the computer systems will enable employees to upgrade skills and knowledge through the enhanced ability to access information and collaborate with peers. The computer systems will also assist the School Division in sharing information with the local community, including parents, local, state, and federal governmental departments, agencies or employees and businesses.
    3. The School Division will comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under thirteen (13) years of age, and operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from a child under thirteen (13) years of age.
  2. Responsibilities

    The Chief Information Officer shall serve as the administrator overseeing the use of the computer systems. The principal or department head shall serve as the site coordinator overseeing the use of computer systems within a school or department/office.

    The Chief Information Officer or designee shall be responsible for, among other things, authorizing and establishing employee, non-employee, and student accounts; setting quotas for computer systems resources where appropriate; establishing data retention schedules; establishing a School Division virus protection process; and ensuring that processes are in place requiring each employee and non-employee accessing the computer systems to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement and requiring parents/legal guardians or adult students to acknowledge the receipt of and compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy as included in the Code of Student Conduct by signing the “Parent Acknowledgement Form” referenced in Section E of this regulation.

  3. Technology Services Provided through the Computer Systems
    1. Electronic Resources: This includes all administrative and instructional applications, web-based resources, and all associated data and content.
    2. E-mail: E-mail will allow account holders to communicate with others within and outside the School Division. Students provided with email accounts are able to communicate only within the School Division unless granted an exception to meet a specific instructional need.
    3. Internet: The School Division provides filtered Internet access.
    4. Online collaboration tools: Students and staff are provided access to various online collaboration tools. To the extent possible, the tools are supported and managed by the School Division to provide access in a safe and secure manner.
  4. Access to Computer Systems

    The prohibitions set forth in School Board Policy 6-64 and herein will govern all use of the computer systems. Student use of the computer systems will also be governed by the Code of Student Conduct and School Board policies and regulations governing student discipline.

    1. To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of Virginia Beach City Public Schools online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of electronic communications, Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevent of inappropriate network usage includes:
      1. Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities.
      2. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
  5. Parental Notification and Responsibility

    The School Division will notify parents/legal guardians/adult students about the School Board policies and regulations governing the use of the computer systems. The Acceptable Use Policy is integrated into the Code of Student Conduct, which must be signed annually acknowledging receipt and understanding of the policies and regulations. The School Division believes that computer and Internet access are integral elements of the teaching and learning environment and of uniform delivery of instructional content. The school division deploys instructionally appropriate applications and web resources in the instructional environment sharing a limited subset of student data as needed for their use. Parents/legal guardians/adults students will be required to sign the "Parent Acknowledgement Form" at the beginning of the school year acknowledging that they have read and understand School Board policies and regulations governing computer use. Implicit in this acknowledgment is that these policies and regulations have been reviewed with/by the student.

    A wide range of material is available on the Internet, some of which may not be consistent with the values of particular families. It is not possible for the School Division to monitor and enforce social values in student use of the Internet. Further, the School Division recognizes that families bear primary responsibility for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children. Therefore, the School Division encourages families to specify to their child(ren) what material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through the computer systems.

  6. Limitation of Liability

    The School Division makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the functions of the services provided by or through the computer systems will be error-free or without defect. The School Division will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, security breaches, loss of data or interruptions of service. The School Division is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the computer systems. The School Division will not be responsible for financial obligations or penalties arising through the unauthorized use of the computer systems.

  7. Due Process

    The School Division will cooperate fully with local, state and federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the School Division computer systems.

    1. If there is an allegation that a student has violated the School Division's Acceptable Use Policy or the provisions of this regulation, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation and his/her account privileges may be suspended immediately. The student will be given an opportunity to present an explanation for a final determination regarding continuing access to the computer systems (see Code of Student Conduct).
    2. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet the specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately while using computer systems. If the alleged infraction involves a violation of other provisions of the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board policies and regulations governing student discipline, the violation will be handled in accordance with School Board Policy 5-21 and its implementing regulations.
    3. Employees violating the Acceptable Use Policy and the provisions of this regulation are subject to disciplinary action by the Superintendent or designee. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy and the provisions of this regulation may subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, depending upon the nature of the violation. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy and this regulation may result in immediate suspension of access privileges to the computer systems. The employee will be given notice of violation and the opportunity to provide explanation prior to a determination regarding continuing access to the computer systems.
    4. Non-employees violating the Acceptable Use Policy and the provisions of this regulation shall have their access privileges immediately suspended and shall be subject to legal action and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. At the school level, non-employees will obtain approval from and be monitored by the school principal and/or designee.
  8. Search and Seizure

    Computer systems users have no right of privacy and should have no expectation of privacy in materials sent, received or stored in computer systems. School officials reserve the right to review computer systems use at any time to determine if such use meets the criteria set forth in School Board policies and regulations. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the computer systems may lead to the discovery that the user has or is violating the Acceptable Use Policy and this regulation, the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board policies and regulations governing student discipline or the law. Once a problem is discovered, an individual search will be conducted when there is a reasonable suspicion that the user has violated the law, the Code of Student Conduct or School Board policies and regulations governing student discipline. The nature of the search/investigation will be reasonable and in keeping with the nature of the alleged misconduct.

    Employees should be aware that their personal files may be subject to public inspection and copying under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

  9. Copyright, Plagiarism and Attribution

    School Board policies and regulations will govern the use of material accessed through the computer systems. Because the extent of copyright protection of certain works found on the Internet is unclear, users will make a standard practice of requesting permission from the holder of the work if their use of the material has the potential of being considered an infringement. Teachers will instruct students to respect copyright and to request permission to use copyrighted material in an instructional setting when appropriate.

    School Board policies and regulations on plagiarism will govern the use of material accessed through the computer systems. Teachers will instruct students in appropriate research and proper methods of attribution.

  10. Academic Freedom, Selection of Material, Student Rights to Free Speech

    School Board policies and regulations on academic freedom and free speech will govern the use of the Internet.

    When using the Internet for class activities, teachers will select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students and that is relevant to the course objectives. Teachers will preview the materials and sites they require or recommend that students access to determine the appropriateness of the materials, links, and sites for appropriateness before requiring or recommending their use to the students. Teachers will provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly. Teachers will assist their students in developing the skills to ascertain the truthfulness of information, distinguish fact from opinion, and engage in discussions about controversial issues which demonstrates tolerance and respect for those who hold divergent views.

  11. Political Use of the Computer Systems

    Users may not use the computer systems to engage in partisan political activities as defined in School Board Regulation 4-29.1. Employee Associations may not use the computer systems to conduct Association business.

  12. School Division Website

    The School Division has established a website that presents information about the School Division. The Chief Media and Communications Officer or designee is responsible for maintaining the School Division website. The principals or their designee are responsible for overseeing the development and content of their schools’ websites.

  13. School Division Requirements of Acceptable Use: Students

    Students will abide by the School Division's Acceptable Use Policy as part of the Code of Student Conduct. Any student who fails to comply with the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy (6-64) or the regulations developed by the Superintendent may lose computer systems privileges, may be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct or other School Board policies and regulations governing student discipline, and/or may be the subject of appropriate legal action.

    1. Personal Safety (Restrictions are for students only):
      1. Students will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes home, school or work addresses, telephone numbers, etc.
      2. Minor students will not agree to meet with someone they have met online without the approval of their parents or legal guardians.
      3. Students will promptly disclose to a teacher, administrator or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate, offensive or makes them feel uncomfortable.
    2. Illegal Activities
      1. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any computer systems. This includes attempting to log in through another account or accessing or attempting to access another person's files without authorization. Unauthorized access is illegal, even if only for the purpose of browsing.
      2. Users will not deliberately attempt to disrupt the computer systems configuration or controls, degrade system performance, or destroy/corrupt data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.
      3. Users will not use the computer systems to send, receive, view or download any illegal materials or engage in any other illegal act (e.g. arranging for the sale/purchase of drugs, engaging in criminal gang activity, pornography or threatening the safety of another individual).
    3. Computer Systems Security
      1. Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and should take all precautions to prevent others from being able to use their accounts.
      2. Users will immediately notify the Chief Information Officer if they have observed or identified a possible security breach.
    4. Inappropriate Language
      1. Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages and material posted on Web pages. Users will conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate and proper as representatives of the School Division.
      2. Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening or disrespectful language.
      3. Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
      4. Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
      5. Users will not harass other individuals. Harassment in this context is defined as persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a user is told by a person to stop sending them messages, the user must stop doing so.
      6. Users will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
    5. Respect for Privacy
      1. Users will not post private information about another person.
    6. Respecting Resource Limits
      1. Users will use the computer systems for education and School Division sponsored and/or authorized professional activities.
      2. Users will not send unsolicited or unnecessary messages to a large number of people, a practice commonly referred to as Spamming.
      3. Users are responsible for maintaining emails and electronic records as required to comply with Library of Virginia records retention requirements.
      4. Employees will subscribe only to discussion group mail lists that are School Division sponsored/authorized, affiliated and/or relevant to school business.
    7. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
      1. Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas of writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user. Users will use proper methods of attribution.
      2. Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirement. If the user is unsure whether or not he can use a work, he should request permission from the copyright owner.
    8. Inappropriate Access to Material
      1. To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material, deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protections measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
      2. Users will not use the computer systems to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature). For students, a special exception may be made for hate literature only if the purpose of such access is to conduct research and access is approved both by the teacher and the parents/legal guardians of minor children.
      3. All resources accessed by students via school computers or other technology equipment must support the curriculum.
    9. Internet Safety

      To ensure safe and appropriate use of the Internet and its resources, a program of Internet safety shall be integrated into the instructional program for students. Additionally, instructional staff shall receive training on related Internet safety topics.

      1. It shall be the responsibility of all staff members of the School Division to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer usage of the online computer network and access to the internet in accordance with this Regulation and Policy 6-44, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
      2. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying and technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Information Security Manager or designated representatives.
      3. The Director of Instructional Technology or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for Instructional Technology Specialists and/or Library Media Specialists to share with students who use the School Division network. The training provided will be designed to promote the School Division’s commitment to:
        1. 1) the standards and acceptable use of Internet services asset forth in this Policy.
        2. 2) Student safety regarding:
          1. a) safety on the Internet.
          2. b) Appropriate behavior while online, on social network Web sites, and in chat rooms, and
          3. c) Cyberbullying awareness and response.
        3. 3) Compliance with the E-Rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).
      4. Following receipt of this training, the student will acknowledge that the student received the training, understood it, and will follow the provisions of the School Board’s acceptable use policies, and regulations (Policy 6-64 and related policies and regulations).
  14. Definitions

    The following terms will be defined as set forth in the Children’s Internet Protection Act, as amended.

    Minor- means any individual who has not attained the age of seventeen (17) years.

    Technology Protection Measure- means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

    1. Obscene, as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. §1400 as amended.
    2. Child Pornography as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2256, as amended.
    3. Harmful to minors.

    Harmful to Minors- means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

    1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to the prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion.
    2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
    3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific values as to minors.

    Sexual act: Sexual contact will be defined as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 2246, as amended.

Editor's Note

The provisions listed below can be accessed through the School Division Website at
See School Board Policy 6-62 - Computer Systems
See School Board Regulation 6-62.1 - Computer Systems
See School Board Policy 6-64 - Acceptable Use Policy
See School Board Policy 4-32 - Employee Associations
See School Board Policy 5-39 - Publications
See School Board Regulation 5-39.1 - Student Publications

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, as amended, Title II: Preparing, Training, and RecruitingHigh Quality Teachers and Principals, Part D: Enhancing Education through Technology, Subpart 4: Limitation on Availability of Certain Funds for Schools. Section 2441 Internet Safety.

Children’s Internet Protection Act47 U.S.C. §254, et seq,, as amended.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §6501-6505, as amended.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-70.2, as amended. Acceptable Internet use policies for public and private schools.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-212.2:3, as amended. Family Involvement in Technology program.

Code of Virginia §2.2-3700 et seq., as amended. Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Library of Virginia, Records Management Resources, as amended.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Code of Student Conduct, as amended.

School Board Regulation 4-29.1
School Board Policy 4-32
School Board Policy 5-21
School Board Regulation 5-21.1
School Board Regulation 5-21.2
School Board Regulation 5-21.3
School Board Regulation 5-39.1
School Board Policy 6-62
School Board Regulation 6-62.1
School Board Policy 6-64

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Revised by Superintendent: August 18, 1997
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