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7.33 USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

The Pinellas County school district ("the district") provides electronic resources (including, but not limited to, computers, networks, software, Internet access, and facsimile machines) to support the educational mission of the schools, to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff and to conduct district business.

  1. Property of the District; No Expectation of Privacy: The district retains control, custody and supervision of all electronic resources owned or leased by it. All messages created, sent, or retrieved through electronic resources are the property of the district. Any information generated, stored or sent through electronic resources is the same as any written document and may be subject to Florida’s public records act, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. The district reserves the right to monitor all use of electronic resources by employees and other users. Employees have no expectation of privacy in their use of electronic resources.
  2. Confidential Information: Users may not share confidential information on students or employees with users who are not authorized to have such information. All users who have access to or may have access to personally identifiable student records shall adhere to all standards included in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment Act (PPRA); section 228.093 and 231.291, Florida Statutes; and other applicable laws and regulations, as they relate to the release of student and employee information.