This policy describes the requirements of users regarding the use of the Parent Portal in the Buffalo Public School System. The Buffalo Public School System makes available a variety of technological resources to support learning and enhance instruction. The goal of the Parent Portal is to promote educational excellence and to enhance communications with parents. The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s school records anywhere, any time. In response to the ability to access the Parent Portal, users assume certain responsibilities and agree to abide by the rules and regulations listed below, including the use of technology in an ethical manner and under applicable legal provisions.
In accordance with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Internet activity on Buffalo Public School System networks is electronically filtered and monitored. Access to internet sites and services is filtered to prevent access to inappropriate content (i.e. pornography, P2P networks, hate groups, violence, illegal activities, extremist groups and cults, online advertising, etc.) to the highest degree possible. Internet activity is logged and monitored, in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for participation in the federal E- rate program, to help assure the safety and security of both students and staff.
This policy applies to every parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the Buffalo Public Schools. This is a resource for parents, but the types of information provided may change at any time.
Information system – A network, server, desktop computer, laptop, personal digital assistant (PDA), peripheral, printer, electronic media, electronic messaging system, program, database, or related hardware or software that is owned, developed, managed, operated, maintained, or used by the Buffalo Public School System.
Sensitive information – Private information such as health, financial, student, and personnel data that is protected by law from public disclosure or unauthorized access, and other information for which protection is required based on confidentiality agreements, policies, or similar requirements.
User – A Parent or Guardian who uses a Buffalo Public School System Parent Portal and/or electronically accesses, views, processes, stores, or transmits Buffalo Public School System information.
Users will use Buffalo Public School System Parent Portal for authorized purposes only. The Buffalo Public School System monitors its information systems and has put into place processes and controls to safeguard the information stored, transmitted, and displayed on its information systems. Parent Portal is not the complete or official record. Information on the portal may not be complete or correct at all times and is constantly being updated. For official student records contact your child’s teacher and/or school.
Users are expected to:
Respect the privacy of others and security of the Buffalo Public Schools System.
Respect the legal protections to programs and data provided by copyright and license.
Respect the integrity of Buffalo Public School System information systems and other networks to which the District is connected.
Use Buffalo Public School System information systems for authorized purposes only.
Protect Buffalo Public School System information from loss, theft, unauthorized disclosure, or unauthorized use.
A violation of Buffalo Public School Parent Portal policy may lead to corrective action pursuant to the provisions of applicable law. Under certain circumstances, violations of Buffalo Public School System policy may give rise to civil and/or criminal liability. The Buffalo Public Schools is providing this access as a privilege, and the account may be suspended and/or terminated at any time without cause. The Buffalo Public School System may also pursue legal action as deemed appropriate against individuals for unauthorized access, use, or destruction of information assets or for any use which violates copyrights or licensing laws, regulations, or contracts. Users whose access privileges are revoked, suspended or limited as a consequence of a violation of this policy may appeal to the Director of Information Technology and request reconsideration.
By virtue of the authority vested in the Superintendent of Schools under Board of Education Policy # 1420, I hereby enact the foregoing procedure governing acceptable internet use policy for the Parent Poral, and revoke all prior versions, if any, of the District procedure on that topic.