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									                                                                                                             ADDENDUM 01E

Internet Filter Policy Information for Students
1 Description
    Although the internet clearly provides a wide variety of educationally sound resources, some material may not be of
    educational value within the context of the school setting. Santa Rosa educators will make every effort to direct
    students to educationally relevant material. The valuable information and interaction available on the internet far
    outweigh the possibility of users gaining access to material that is not consistent with the educational goals of our
    district, because the district provides a proven internet filter to reduce the possibility of students accessing
    inappropriate information via the internet.
    Use of proxy avoidance sites (sites that allow the user to bypass the district internet filter) and accessing those sites
    that the district has deemed inappropriate and has blocked (see section 5 Category Status), violates the Acceptable
    Use Policy Agreement for Students and could result in loss of internet access and/or other disciplinary actions listed
    in section 2 Consequences. Every effort will be made to ensure student safety. As with any disciplinary action,
    abuse/misuse shall be dealt with in a professional manner and in accordance with the Santa Rosa County Code of
    Student Conduct.
    The District Technology Committee, which meets approximately four times a year, will continually review, update,
    and revise this policy as necessary to address changing instructional needs.

2 Consequences
    Disciplinary action may include up to and including suspension/expulsion:
    a. 1 offense:
         i.  Administrative designee(s) will be notified by Content Filter administrator
        ii.  Administrative designee notifies teacher and parents
       iii.  Conference with principal, teacher, student, and possibly parents
       iv.   Principal documents incident
    b. 2 offense:
         i. Principal, teachers, and parents notified
        ii. Student’s privileges are restricted to instructor-directed sites and district web applications
       iii. Disciplinary action up to and including suspension
    c.     3 offense:
             i.  Notification of all parties
            ii.  Disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion

3 Consequences Involving Illegal Or Threatening Sites
    a. In addition to disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, attempts to access illegal or
       threatening sites may result in legal action
    b. The administrator will take necessary action up to and including notification of the school resource officer.

4 Rationale
         In an effort to ensure the safety of our students and to maintain the integrity of the network, categories of sites
         were blocked if they met one or more of several criteria:
    a. Are illegal in nature and/or promote illegal activities,
    b. Provide a means to bypass the internet firewall,
    c. Represent and/or promote hate, violence, or racism,
    d. Provide access to file types that negatively impact the district network (e.g., music and video files are large and,
       in sufficient number, greatly reduce overall network bandwidth) or pose a security risk,
    e. Provide an unacceptable risk to student well-being,
    f. Reduce productivity (e.g., non-educational game sites can reduce student time on task).

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5 Category Status
    a. Blocked Categories
       While these categories are blocked, a request can be made by a teacher to open a site within one of these
       categories, if the site is researched-based, meets Sunshine State Standards, and is age- and instructionally-
       appropriate. See previous section 4 Rationale for a description of letter codes.

         Category                                Rationale       Category                                Rationale
         Abortion                                a, e            Occult                                  e
         Abused drugs                            a, e            Pay-to-Surf                             d
         Adult content                           a, e            Peer-to-Peer file sharing               d
         Advertisements                          f               Personal network storage and backup     d
         Alcohol and tobacco                     a, e            Personal web sites                      d, e, f
         Alternative journals                    e               Personals and dating                    e, f
         Business and economy                    e, f            Phishing and other frauds               a, d
         Computer security                       d               Prescribed medications                  e
         Entertainment                           f               Pro-Choice                              e
         Freeware and software downloads         d               Pro-Life                                e
         Gambling                                a, e            Proxy avoidance                         b
         Games                                   f               Racism and hate                         c
         Gay or lesbian or bisexual interest     e               Restaurants and dining                  f
         Hacking                                 a, d            Sex (not sex education)                 a, e
         Illegal or questionable                 a, d, e         Sport hunting and gun clubs             e, f
         Instant messaging                       e, f            Streaming media                         d
         Internet auctions                       f               Sex education                           e
         Internet radio and TV                   d, f            Shopping                                e, f
         Internet telephony                      d, f            Violence                                a, c, e
         Keyloggers                              d               Weapons                                 a, c, e
         Lingerie and swimsuit                   e, f            URL translation sites                   b
         Malicious web sites                     a, d            Spyware                                 d
         Marijuana                               a, e            Web hosting                             d, e, f
         Message boards and clubs                f               Supplements and unregulated             e
         Militancy and extremist                 a, c, e         Tasteless                               e, f
         MP3                                     d               Web chat                                e, f
         Nudity                                  a, e            Web-based email                         e, f

       b. Open Categories
           Categories are open if the underlying sites present educational opportunities for students and address
           Sunshine State Standards. Sites in these categories deemed inappropriate for student use are blocked.

               Advocacy groups                                   Political organizations
               Cultural institutions                             Professional and worker organizations
               Educational institutions                          Real estate
               Educational materials                             Reference materials
               Financial data and services                       Search engines and portals
               Government                                        Service and philanthropic organizations
               Health                                            Social and affiliation organizations
               Hobbies                                           Society and lifestyles
               Information Technology                            Special events
               Job search                                        Sports
               Military                                          Traditional religions
               News and media                                    Travel
               Online brokerage and trading                      Vehicles

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Note to Students and Parents
              This document and the Acceptable Use Policy were created and implemented to meet federal requirements
              of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

              The following is copied from the Federal Communications Commission fact sheet available at


              The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to
              address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.
              CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding support for
              Internet access or internal connections from the “E-rate” program – a program that makes certain
              technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the Federal Communications
              Commission (FCC) issued rules implementing CIPA.

           What CIPA Requires

                      Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-Rate program
                       unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy and technology protection measures in
                       place. An Internet safety policy must include technology protection measures to block or filter
                       Internet access to pictures that: (a) are obscene, (b) are child pornography, or (c) are harmful to
                       minors, for computers that are accessed by minors.
                      Schools subject to CIPA are required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor online activities of
                       minors; and
                      Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement a policy addressing: (a)
                       access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b) the safety and security of minors when
                       using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; (c)
                       unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
                       (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
                       (e) restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.

              Schools and libraries are required to certify that they have their safety policies and technology in place
              before receiving E-rate funding.

              Inappropriate matter for minors is defined for purposes of this policy the same as material harmful to minors
              in the Michigan Library Privacy Act, being Public Act No. 455 of 1982, which is sexually explicit matter which
              meets all of the following criteria:

                 i.    Considered as a whole, it appeals to the prurient interest of minors as determined by contemporary
                       local community standards.

                 ii.   It is patently offensive to contemporary local community standards of adults as to what is suitable
                       for minors.

                iii.   Considered as a whole, it lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational, and scientific value for

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