Internet access supports the efforts of the Department of Education (Department). Generally, Internet access for students enhances educational and research activities, provides a conduit for the transmission and sharing of information, provides access to appropriate national and international resources, and assists in developing the literacy skills necessary in a technology-rich society. In the schools, priority for Internet access shall be given to student and classroom teachers for educational use.

To ensure students in the Department use technology appropriately and ethically, the Department shall provide training to students regarding inappropriate or questionable uses, or both, of Internet materials and equipment. Any student conduct found to be in violation of this policy, shall be addressed through Title 8, Chapter 19, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests, and Restitution for Vandalism and Negligence.

The Superintendent of Education is instructed to develop regulations, guidelines, or both to implement this policy.

Approved: 11/19/09