Filtering and Archiving
Beaverton School District is bound by both law and Board Policy to filter internet access.
Law- Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Federal law that imposes restrictions on any school or library receiving funding from E-rate for internet access to comply with certain provisions concerning filtering and instruction around Digital Citizenship. Filtering must be provided on the internet connection to the district.
The School Board has adopted Board Policy IIBGA which acknowledges CIPA and confirms the Board's commitment to protecting access to inappropriate content.
Internal Internet Filtering
- BSD uses a set of firewalls from Palo Alto Networks to provide Internet filtering on devices located inside the BSD network. All devices using the Internet from instide the network are filtered.
- Filtering is accomplished by matching any website with a subject category. BSD determines which categories as a whole are blocked.
- Category filtering is not an exact science. There are web sites with educational value that are in the vendor categories we have blocked. To provide access to those websites, BSD Staff can submit requests and IT staff can review websites and place them into an "allow" or "deny" list for greater flexibility.
- For any site, students or staff can suggest changes to the assigned category by going to this website:
- Palo Alto Networks- https://urlfiltering.paloaltonetorks.com/
- Internal Internet filtering will soon move away from Palo Alto filtering and be changed to match the filtering that is currently used on all student chromebooks and elementary iPads.
Students have access to many of the Google Apps such as Gmail, Hangouts and Google Drive. The use of their district Google account allows them to collaboratively work on class assignments, communicate with teachers and produce high level projects and research. All written communication is archived as part of the GSuite system.
As agreed to in the district Digital Resources Agreement form, all students will be assigned a login name and email account. This is the students' official BSD email until they are no longer enrolled. Though all communication is archived and Google does have a powerful spam filter in place, the District cannot assure that users will not be exposed to unsoliceted information.
When logged into the Chrome Browser or on a district issued Chromebook, Google SafeSearch is enforced.
When logged into the Chrome Browser or on a district issued Chromebook YouTube restricted mode is enforced.
BSD students who use a chromebook or an elementary school iPad have additional layers of filtering applied to these devices. This filtering works while at school and when the devices is taken home or anywhere to access the internet.
Relay is the filter that is used to provide content filtering on these devices.
- Filtering is accomplished by matching any webiste with a category. BSD determines which categories as a whole are blocked.
- Relay requires SafeSearch to be turned on and also restricts certain terms from being searched
- Relay requires YouTube restricted mode to be turned on
- Afterschool Rules
- Example- Games category is not allowed while at school for Elementary and Middle School while at school. Is allowed outside of the school district network.
- An additional layer of filtering for videos, this is active at the Elementary level. This relies on Lightspeed's own database of educational video content that has been approved.
Elementary and Middle School students cannot access Social Media on these devices. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other systems that fall into the Social Media Category. Social Media is open to High School students.
Instant Messaging / Google Hangouts
Instant Messaging as a category is blocked at the Elementary and open at the Middle and High School levels. Individual Instant Messaging applications may be blocked due to various reasons.
Google Hangouts is the Instant Messaging application built within the Google Suite. Hangouts is open at all levels. All instant messaging done through a district login within Google Hangouts is archived.
Chromebook Protection Plan and Other Information
No Internet at Home
Charging Chromebook at Home
It is recommended that students establish a location that they charge their Chromebook each night so it is ready for use the next day. A Chromebook will last through an entire school day without problem on a full charge. Some parents/guardians have chosen to have this in a location outside of the students bedroom to assure it has been plugged in and removes the possiblility of late night usage.
Late Night Use
The district does not restrict use of the chromebook to any specific time periods due to very different family, work and homework situations. Some parents/guardians have chosen to have the Chromebook plugged in each night outside of the students bedroom when concerned about late night usage.
Netflix or Other Paid Services Use
Many paid services such as Netflix are not restricted from use by the district. Access to the service, payment and use of that systems login and password is at the discretion of the parent/guardian.