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8271 - The Children's Internet Protection Act Internet Content Filtering/Safety

Policy: The Children's Internet Protection Act
            Internet Content Filtering/Safety
Policy Number: 8271
Date of Original Policy: 07/10/2002 Date Revision Adopted: 07/11/2018
Reviewed by Policy Committee: 06/20/2018 Date of Next Review: 08/19/2021
Replacement of Policy Number:  

In compliance with The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the District has adopted and will enforce this Internet safety policy that ensures the use of technology protection measures (i.e., filtering or blocking of access to certain material on the Internet) on all district computers with Internet access. Such technology protection measures apply to Internet access by both adults and minors with regard to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or, with respect to the use of computers by minors, considered harmful to such students. Further, appropriate monitoring of online activities of minors, as determined by the building/program supervisor, will also be enforced to ensure the safety of students when accessing the Internet.

Further, the Board of Education's decision to utilize technology protection measures and other safety procedures for staff and students when accessing the Internet fosters the educational mission of the schools including the selection of appropriate teaching/instructional materials and activities to enhance the schools' programs; and to help ensure the safety of personnel and students while online.

However, no filtering technology can guarantee that staff and students will be prevented from accessing all inappropriate locations. Proper safety procedures, as deemed appropriate by the applicable  administrator/program supervisor, will be provided to ensure compliance with the CIPA.

In addition to the use of technology protection measures, the monitoring of online activities and access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet may include, but shall not be limited to, the following guidelines:
       
a)    Ensuring the presence of a teacher and/or other appropriate district personnel when students are accessing the Internet including, but not limited to, the supervision of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications. As determined by the appropriate  building  administrator, the use  of e-mail and chat rooms may be blocked as deemed necessary to ensure the safety of such students;
       
b)    Monitoring logs of access in order to keep track of the web sites visited by students as a measure to restrict access to materials harmful to minors.

c)    In compliance with this Internet Safety Policy as well as the District's Acceptable Use Policy, unauthorized access (including so-called "hacking") and other unlawful activities by minors are prohibited by the District; and student violations of such policies may result in disciplinary action;

d)    Appropriate supervision and notification to minors regarding the prohibition as to unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding such students; and The determination of what is "inappropriate” for minors shall be determined by the District and/or designated school official(s). It is acknowledged that the determination of such "inappropriate" material may vary depending upon the circumstances of the situation and the age of the      students involved in online research.

                The terms "minor," "child pornography," "harmful to minors," "obscene," “technology
                protection measure,” “sexual act,” and “sexual contact” will be as defined in accordance with
                CIPA and other applicable laws/regulations as may be appropriate and implemented pursuant
                to the District's educational mission.
    
                *Under certain specified circumstances, the blocking or filtering technology measure(s) may be
                disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes.  The power to
                disable can only be exercised by an administrator, supervisor, or other person authorized by
                the School District.
       
                The School District shall provide certification, pursuant to the requirements of CIPA, to
                document the District’s adoption and enforcement of its Internet Safety Policy, including the
                operation and enforcement of technology protection measures (i.e., blocking/filtering of access
                to certain material on the Internet) for all School District computers with Internet access.

Notification/Authorization

The District's Acceptable Use Policy and accompanying Regulations will be disseminated to parents and students in order to provide notice of the school's requirements, expectations, and student’s obligations when accessing the Internet.  
       
      "Opt-in” Student access to district computers is conditioned upon written agreement
       by the student and his/her parent acknowledging that the student’s use will conform to the
       requirements of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy.  All agreements shall be kept on file in the
       District Office.
       
Procedures will be established to define the process by which parents may submit a written request to deny or rescind student use of District computers.

The District has provided reasonable public notice and has held at least one public hearing or meeting to address the proposed Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy prior to Board adoption. Furthermore, appropriate actions will be taken to ensure the ready availability to the public of the District's Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy, as well as any other district policies relating to the use of technology.
       

47 United States Code (USC)  Section 254(h) and (l)
47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 54


 
 
Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080