Acceptable Use Policy
This page provides a brief overview of the CPS Acceptable Use Policy for students and defines the appropriate channels and platforms for students to communicate with teachers, staff or any adult who works in a school.
Student Acceptable Use Policy, August 28, 2019
- Emailing staff using student CPS email account to staff CPS email account
- Emailing staff via student's personal email
Student Personal Mobile Device
- Phone Calls to Staff
- Texting Staff
Exceptions to Student Policy
- While students are prohibited from text messaging staff and other adults who work in schools, there are exceptions for authorized use outlined in the policy that cover pre-approved safety meet-up communications, field trips, bulk text notifications and alerts and students enrolled in a district approved CPS Program. For more information, please review Section VI of the Student Acceptable Use Policy.
- One-to-one therapeutic or IEP/504 plan direct service minutes sessions are permitted through Google Meet when initiated via the approved staff and student @cps.edu email address.
- Staff approved to provide therapeutic services include school counselors, school-based social workers or psychologists and CPS staff in the Offices of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA) and Social-Emotional Learning (OSEL).
International Baccalaureate (IB) students’ summative oral exams may be scheduled and taken via a Google Meet video conference. The student, Teacher and IB Coordinator must join a Google Meet video conference and record the student’s presentation.
- Staff and vendor partners approved to provide IEP/504 plan direct service minutes include speech/language pathologists, nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
Other Electronic Communication
- Communicating with CPS staff via any group messaging application or other electronic or online tool
Exception to Policy
Tools provided on the CPS Network (e.g., CPS Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, Blackboard Direct)
- Sharing personal and CPS account passwords
- Installing applications or changing configuration of CPS equipment
Student Policy on Unacceptable Use
Chicago Public Schools provides access to technology devices, internet, data and network systems to employees and other authorized users for educational and business purposes. Students shall not use the CPS Network or Computer Resources, including access to the internet, intranet, collaboration tools, bulk communication tools, social media or email to use, upload, post, mail, display, store, or otherwise transmit in any manner, any content, communication or information that, among other unacceptable uses:
- Is hateful, harassing, threatening, libelous, defamatory or otherwise meant to bully or intimidate others;
- Is offensive or discriminatory to persons based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental illness or disability, marital status, economic status, immigration status, religion, personal appearance or other visible characteristics;
- Constitutes or furthers any criminal offense, or gives rise to civil liability, under any applicable law, including, without limitation, U.S. export control laws or U.S. patent, trademark or copyright laws;
- Constitutes use for, or in support of, any obscene or pornographic purpose including, but not limited to, the transmitting, retrieving or viewing of any profane, obscene, or sexually explicit material;
- Constitutes use for soliciting or distributing information with the intent to incite violence, cause personal harm or bodily injury, or to harass, threaten, or “stalk” another individual;
- Contains a virus, trojan horse, ransomware or other harmful component or malicious code;
- Constitutes junk mail, phishing, spam or unauthorized broadcast email;
- Violates the security of any other computer or network or constitutes unauthorized access or attempts to circumvent any security measures;
- Obtains access to another individual’s CPS Network account, files or data, or modifies their files, data or passwords;
- Impersonates any person living or dead, organization, business, or other entity;
- Degrades the performance of, causes a security risk or otherwise threatens the integrity or efficient operation of, the CPS Network or Computer Resources;
- Deprives an authorized individual from accessing CPS Network or Computer Resources;
- Obtains Computer Resources or CPS Network access beyond those authorized;
- Engages in unauthorized or unlawful entry into a CPS Network system;
- Enables or constitutes wagering or gambling of any kind;
- Accesses, distributes, downloads or uses games except when an assigned educational activity;
- Promotes or participates in any way in unauthorized raffles or fundraisers;
- Plagiarizing any information gained on or through use of the CPS Network or Computer Resources;
- Engages in private business, commercial or other activities for personal financial gain;
- Accesses or distributes unauthorized information regarding user passwords or security systems;
- Falsifies, tampers with or makes unauthorized changes, additions or deletions to data located on the CPS Network or school systems;
- Installs, downloads or uses unauthorized or unlicensed software or third party system;
- Violates any express prohibition noted in this policy or the Student Code of Conduct;
- Engages in hacking (intentionally gaining access by illegal means or without authorization) into the CPS Network or school system to access unauthorized information, or to otherwise circumvent information security systems;
- Engages in inappropriate sexual conduct, including unwelcomed sexual contact, indecent exposure, transmitting sexually suggestive images, or other sexual activities;
- Downloads unauthorized games, programs, files, electronic media, and/or stand-alone applications from the internet that may cause a threat to the CPS Network;
- Constitutes use that disrupts the proper and orderly operation of the school;
- Use of proxy servers or virtual private networks to bypass network security systems (firewalls, etc.); or
- Accesses, distributes or downloads non-educational materials or inappropriate content or materials.