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OPS Privacy Statement

This statement clarifies privacy principles which reflect the right to confidentiality of visitors to the OPS gateway site. Consistent with the right to privacy, the OPS Privacy Statement clarifies such things as how the district handles IP address information, placement of cookies (i.e., pieces of information transferred to an individual's hard disk for record keeping purposes), registration requirements, OPS use of survey and questionnaire information, access to public forums, and opportunities to opt-in to receive communication from OPS. It is emphasized in this document that privacy practices are changed periodically and the OPS Privacy Statement does not create contractual/legal rights for the district or those who access the OPS gateway site.  CLICK HERE to view the complete OPS Privacy Statement. 

OPS On-Line Terms of Use

This eight page document covers various topics as they relate to the OPS web site (i.e., "Site"). Under the Terms and Conditions of Use it makes it clear that the goal of our Site is to share knowledge in support of our mission of providing all students with the high-quality instruction needed to prepare for life in tomorrow's high-tech world. It also spells out that students, teachers, and staff members agree to abide by applicable policies, practices, procedures and guidelines in the use of this Site. There is a Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation Of Liability that limits OPS's liability to the extent permitted by law. Our Site is copyright protected, and anyone wanting to use content from it must get written permission. Any software available for download is the copyrighted work of OPS and/or its suppliers. The final page of this document covers Rules of Use and what is, and is not, permissible on the OPS Site.  CLICK HERE to view the complete OPS On-Line Terms of Use.

Internet Web Site Practice

The purpose of this document is to "further the educational objectives of the Omaha public Schools." It states that IMS is responsible for maintaining the district Web site. The Department Head is ultimately responsible for the content on Department Web pages and monitoring what is on the Department Web site. Similarly, the School Principal is ultimately responsible for what is included on School Web pages as well as monitoring individual teacher/staff sites, student Web pages, and extracurricular organization Web pages. In each of the above areas, those identified will be responsible for maintaining/updating their information and do so consistent with the Internet Web page Style and Content Standards. In addition, there is information about the types of student information that can be included, conditions for including information on extracurricular organizations, and Web page requirements for information that is, and is not, permissible.

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Internet Web Page Style and Content Standards

There are four main points of focus in this document. The first is the legal requirements of Web pages which includes privacy, copyright laws, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The second area of focus is general requirements including the purpose and scope of Web pages, designating an individual to be responsible for the Web pages at a school or within a department, and making sure there is a process for proofreading. The next area is content requirements which includes name of the school/department, having the OPS logo, addresses and phone numbers, and keeping time sensitive information up to date. This area also lists the things not allowed, such as maps and tours of buildings, readily identifiable individual student pictures (without a signed consent form), no commercial advertisements or links to personal pages (staff or students), non-factual promotional pages, and student e-mail directories. The fourth main area presents the design requirements for pages.

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Interactive, Web-based Publishing

This document explains appropriate use of weblogs (blogging) and social networking sites. If used to facilitate communication within OPS, the sites should be hosted on a district server. All posts should be scanned by a language filter or moderated and approved before being made visible to other users. If the purpose of the interactive web publishing is to establish cross-cultural communications around curriculum topics, teachers must select one of the sites that have been evaluated by the Technology Curriculum Committee and determined to have the appropriate safeguards in place. Those sites are listed in the document. Contact the chair of the committee if you desire a review of a different site.

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E-Mail Practice for Staff and Students

The purpose of this document is to help students and staff get a clearer understanding of what is, and is not, allowed as it pertains to e-mail. In the opening paragraph, it states clearly that the use of the OPS e-mail system is to be "in support of instruction, communication, research, and public service." It goes on to say that "incidental personal use is acceptable, provided such use does not excessively burden the electronic mail system." Therefore, personal e-mails should be read and deleted and the same is true of non-work related, vendor e-mails. Upon request, some OPS e-mail users may be required to save all work-related e-mails. These guidelines note that the District may restrict, or suspend, access to e-mail services if it is found that there is illegal or disruptive use of an account. Parental consent is required for students to get e-mail which can include the following options: full e-mail access, no e-mail access, or limited e-mail access (if available). E-mail accounts must be used in accordance with state and federal laws, and District policies. All users of our e-mail system shall not expect privacy regarding their account because school property is subject to search and inspection at anytime. Transmission of e-mail is logged and these logs are accessible to authorized OPS staff and can be used in the investigation of possible abuse that can include electronic mail, Internet access, network access, file storage, and transfer The Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent for General Administration may designate in writing one or more staff members authorized to monitor, log, search and inspect electronic mail, Internet access, network access, file storage and transfer.

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