E-Mail Practice for Staff and Students

  • The District provides electronic mail services to students, staff and others affiliated with the District. It encourages the use of e-mail in support of instruction, communication, research, and public service. Students are urged to make use of e-mail to communicate with teachers, support staff, and fellow students. Incidental personal use is acceptable, provided such use does not excessively burden the electronic mail system.

    Guidelines

    • Students and Staff should never share your e-mail password with anyone, nor should you save it at the log-in screen. If you forget your password and need to call the Help Desk 531-299-0300, you must do so personally and have your employee number ready to verify your identity.
    • Students and staff are expected to use e-mail services responsibly, (i.e. to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, and with other District policies). Furthermore, as stated in the District's "Behavioral Rules for Students Using School Computers and Networks": "The use of computers, whether stand-alone, as a part of a local area network, or as part of a wide area network such as the Internet, is a privilege, not a right, and must be consistent with and driven by the educational objectives of the Omaha Public Schools. Any use that is not consistent with these objectives is prohibited."
    • This expectation extends to the use of email and other electronic services. If there is reason to believe that an email account is being used in a violation of law or District policy, or if an account is used in a way that threatens to disrupt service to other users, OPS staff may restrict or suspend that account's access to e-mail services, until they are reasonably assured that the illegal or disruptive use of the account will cease. 

Student Email Guidelines by School Level

  • Elementary School

    • Can email their teacher
    • Can email district staff and service providers
    • Can NOT email other students
    • Can NOT email externally unless the domain is allowed

    Middle School

    • Can email their teacher
    • Can email district staff and service providers
    • Can email other students in their school
    • Can NOT email Distribution lists (all 6th grade, all staff, all school)
    • Can NOT email externally unless the domain is allowed

    High School (8th graders during second semester)

    • Can email internally and externally
    • Can NOT email distribution lists

    *If any external group/s working with your school does not currently have the ability to communicate with your students, please reach out to IMS to ensure they are provided the permissions necessary.
     

    Specific Prohibitions

    • As previously stated, e-mail accounts must be used in accordance with state and federal laws, and District policies. It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of all possible violations. However, the following list of activities is specifically prohibited:
    • Use of e-mail to threaten or harass individuals on or off-campus.
    • Use of a false e-mail address (i.e., mail "spoofing").
    • Any attempt to disrupt another person's ability to use their computer account.
    • Initiating or forwarding of "chain letters".
    • Any transmission or receipt of material that is “harmful to minors” as defined by federal law.
    • Violations of copyright law.

     

    Monitoring
    The District exercises exclusive control over its computers and data storage and transfer devices. The user shall not expect privacy regarding his or her account because school property is subject to search and inspection at any time by District officials. It is the policy of the school District to monitor the online activities of students and staff. Note also that each transmission of mail is logged. The logs are accessible to authorized OPS staff, and can be used in the investigation of possible email abuse. This monitoring, logging, search and inspection include, but are not limited to electronic mail, Internet access, network access, file storage and transfer.