20-182: Proposed Web Filtering Changes for Grades 9 and 10

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P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA  24457

540-863-1809          540-863-1804 fax

 

DATE: January 21, 2020

 

ACTION ITEM

SUBJECT

Proposed Web Filtering Changes for Freshmen and Sophomores

RATIONALE

In our schools, we teach Digital Citizenship through our Internet safety curriculum and we enforce compliance through the function of our web filtering services. Although our content filtering environment does provide students with a limited opportunity to develop some self-monitored habits, a supervised, transitional experience is not currently offered for our high school’s freshmen and sophomores.

 

Due to the success of the transitional Internet experience that has been provided for all juniors and seniors, Alleghany High School’s administration has requested an identical Internet experience for all freshmen and sophomores.

 

Therefore, in order to promote the development of self-monitored habits and in order to provide a supervised, transitional Internet experience for our freshmen and sophomores, we propose modifications to the web filter categories and Google features that are described below:

  1. Allowing Youtube content via the company’s restricted-mode capability. At present, Youtube content is limited to only teacher-selected videos.
  2. Allowing Advertisements.
  3. Allowing sites related to Auctions/Shopping.
  4. Allowing access to sites that host digital forums (filtered by keyword).
  5. Allowing streamed radio and tv content.(selected)

 

For all current juniors and seniors, the school board approved the aforementioned modifications on February 25, 2019.

 

I request the school board’s authorization to deploy the listed filtering modifications for all freshmen and sophomores beginning January 22, 2020.

 

Parents will be offered an opportunity to opt-out. Internet traffic will be monitored and usage reports will be generated. Access violations will be reported to the high school’s administrative team.

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STAFF CONTACTS

Jeff Alleman; Kelly Huff; Dwayne Ross

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