EGUSD has taken reasonable steps to ensure that technology services and network use is primarily for activities that support district goals and objectives. While EGUSD has deployed Internet content filtering technology in the interest of keeping harmful and inappropriate content from being accessed, Internet content filtering is not perfect and it may be possible for users of the Internet to access information that is intended for adults. Likewise, computer security cannot be made perfect and it is possible that a determined user can make use of computer resources for inappropriate purposes. EGUSD believes that the benefits of Internet access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration far exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parent(s) and guardian(s) of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow.
HR4577, also known as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), is landmark legislation that for the first time requires K-12 schools and public libraries that receive certain federal funds (such as E-Rate) to implement internet safety measures. These requirements include:
- Implementing a technology solution that filters or blocks inappropriate/unwanted internet content;
- Adopting an internet safety policy; and
- Holding a public meeting as part of preparing the safety policy.
The school district has adopted Lightspeed Systems technology as our filtering solution. The purpose of this solution is to block student and staff access to world wide web network resources that have been deemed inappropriate for K-12.