On one level, ShareNet is an example of a highly successful district-level initiative to create a regional telecommunications network. The network involves 54 school districts in two states, 462 schools serving over 250,000 students, and 18,000 teachers.
Despite the impressive breadth of participation from schools and districts, when we look more closely at the network's impact on students and teachers, the picture is much less rosy because of severe limitations on the kind of network access available at most ShareNet schools.
Applications for Account and Terms and Conditions for Use of THSNet*
Please read the following carefully before signing the attached contract. This is a legally binding document.
INTERNET access is now available to students and teachers at Truman High School. We are very pleased to bring this access to Truman High School and believe the THSNet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the Independence Schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
The THSNet is an electronic network which accesses the INTERNET. The INTERNET is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individuals subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. THS have taken available precautions, which are limited, to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We (THS) only believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of THS.
INTERNET access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state network. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If a THS user violates any of these provisions, his or her account on the THSNet will be terminated and future access could possible be denied. Your signature(s) on the attached contract is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.
THSNet - Terms and Conditions (4/14/94)
Expected Year of Graduation from 12th Grade:
STUDENT CONTRACT AGREEMENT APPLICATION FORM
TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Directions: After reading the THSNet Application for Account and Terms and Conditions please read and fill out the appropriate portions of the following contract completely and legibly. The signature of a parent or guardian is also required. Please return the contract to your teacher. Any questions should be addressed to your teacher as well.
CONTRACT PORTION OF DOCUMENT
I have read the THSNet Terms and Conditions. I understand and will abide by the stated Terms and Conditions for THSNet. I further understand that violation of the regulations is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action.
User Name (please print):
PARENT OR GUARDIAN (If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian most also read and sign this agreement.)
As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Terms and Conditions for THSNet. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and THS has taken available precautions to eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible for THS to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold them responsible for materials acquired on the network. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child's use is not in a school setting. I hereby give my permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
Parent or Guardian (please print):
Daytime Phone Number:
Evening Phone Number:
SPONSORING TEACHER. I have read the Terms and Conditions for THSNet and I agree to promote this agreement with the student. Because the student may use the network for individual work or in the context of another class, I cannot be held responsible for the student's use of the network. As the sponsoring teacher I do agree to instruct the student on acceptable use of the network and proper network etiquette.
Teacher's Name (please print):
APPLICATION PORTION OF DOCUMENT
Student's Full Name (please print):
Social Security Number:
(accounts cannot be ISSUED without this)
I expect to graduate from 12th grade in:
Your Home Address:
When your account is established your teacher will notify you of your log-on code and user password. Thank you for your interest and support of this exciting new resource in the Independence Schools.