MES New 20202


A New Responsibility for School Community Councils

Summary of Responsibilities

The intent of HB 213 Safe Technology Utilization and Digital Citizenship in Public Schools is to involve school community councils in an on-going discussion (at least annually) about creating a safe technology environment for students in public schools. As with other responsibilities of school community councils, it is intended that administrators, staff and parents engage together to bring about the best possible result for students.

The State Board Rule R277-491 requires a report to the councils from the district and school level administration about the technology and training that is currently in place at your district and school. The report will provide some background for the councils to begin a school specific discussion of safe technology and digital citizenship.

Administration Responsibilities – Report to School Community Councils

The district report should include but may not be limited to:

  • Whatfiltersarebeingusedandhowdotheywrk?

The Districts in the CUES region manages our filtering system. For more information on how this program filters content see:

  • Are theredifferent settings usedfr different gradesandschool levels?

Yes there is a level created for Students/Guests and Teachers/Staff.

  • What isdistrictfilteringpcyn frequently usedsitessuchas YouTube,Ggle Images,Weebly,andetc.?

YouTube, Google Images, Weebly, etc. are filtered through Google safe search

  • Are theremanagement systemsavailable(MDM,Chrmemanagement,LanSchool,and etc.)that canaddadditinal ctrlandwhoaccessesthosesystems?

We use the JAMF system and LanSchool

  • What resurces doesthedistrictprvideccerningeducatingstudentsnsafeinternet useanddigital citizenship?

Every year each student and teacher uses Common Sense Media for digital citizenship training.

We encourage NetSafe and every year an Acceptable Use Policy (Policy ECC) and an iPad Agreement is signed by the user to help understand the safe use of the internet.

  • What is theprtcl indistrict schoolswheninapprriatectent isaccessedfr students, employeesandparents?

The Acceptable Use Policy (ECC) and iPad Agreement outline rules and expectations for iPad use (linked below). Administrators are responsible for administering consequences for violations based on severity of infraction and District Policy.

  • Explanatinfdistrictcapabilitiesrinabilitytochangefiltering,settings and management tsbasednbestpractices, technological limitations,andfunding. Whereapplicable,districtscldincludewhatisprvidedincctionwithe-rate fundi

We do have the ability to change filtering policy or hardware. This is only done after research both on our own and with the other districts in our region as well as others in the state. By using the same hardware across the state we can share information. Filtering is always an ongoing process, always trying to refine what we have and make it server our needs the best we can. There is NO filtering that is prefect! Always some loop holes and always things to work out.

Schools should add to the district report (at a minimum):

  • What devicesarebeingusedandhowareclassesusing them?

iPads, desktop computers, and Macbook laptop computers are used for educational purposes.

  • What arethemainapplications,prgrams,andsitesusedindifferent classes, grade levels,andsubjectareas?

iBooks, Microsoft Suite, Adobe products, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Canvas and a variety of educational apps that are approved by a school App Committee

  • What supervisionpracticesareinplacewhenstudentsareine?

Teacher is to be in the classroom while they are online. LanSchool, Remote Desktop, MDM, and filtering reporter provide filtering and monitoring.

  • Are theremanagement tsusedthat allowteacherstodigitallymtr student user limitaccesstosmeapplicationsrsites?

JAMF and filtering

  • What aretheschoolruleswheninapprriateinfrmationappearsfr students, staffand parents? Aretheresafereportingprceduresfrstudents, staff, andparentssothat reportingissafeandencraged, whenithappens?

Teachers and administrators encourage students on a regular basis to report inappropriate content. We discuss how and why this happened so we can close any loopholes.  The Acceptable Use Policy (ECC) and the iPad Agreement are available online and encourage reporting.

  • Howdoes theschoolbalanceaccess andsafety apprriatefrthegradelevelsatyschool?

Programs are set to filter according to age level and school level.

  • What doestheadministratinseeasimprtant pportunitiesfrurstudentsrelatedto cstructive,practive technology use?

They are encouraged by the ability for students to learn good digital citizenship every year they are in school so it can carry over to life when they leave the school system.

  • What doestheadministratinseeastheir greatest threatsfryrstudents?

Cyber bullying, and Digital Citizenship

  • What arethepoliciesinplacefr devicesbrught frmhme–tablets, cell phones, etc.?

We use a restrictive wireless guest network that has a tighter filter on it. Students are strongly encouraged to use school devices so we have more control on protecting the devices and filtering inappropriate content.

  • What doestheadministratinseeasthegreatest threatsfrurstudentsn theinternet r

Our biggest concern for students while on the Internet is to keep them safe. Safe from online predators, safe from sharing their personal information, safe from going to inappropriate sites.

  • Explanatinftrainingcurrently prvided:
    • Tostudents about digitalcitizenshipandsafeuseftechnolgy?

Common Sense training, Netsafe, and computer lab direction.

  • Toparentsandguardiansabout howtodiscussandsupportdigital citizenship andsafetechnology usewith their childrenandhwtoreportinapprriate ctent?

Parent meetings are held at schools twice a year in each end of the district or as requested.

Council Responsibilities

Councils may create a subcommittee to help accomplish the following responsibilities entirely or in part and may partner with non-profit organizations to assist in the education components. It is the responsibility of the council to see that the following is completed each year:

  • Receive thereport frm thedistrictandschool administration(as describedabove).
  • Discuss thereprt anddecide:

Technology. If the filtering, management systems, and supervision practices are appropriate. If not, identify what needs to be addressed in the context of what the school and district are capable of providing under the current filtering and management systems, supervision availability, and financial restrictions. Establish an action plan to address identified concerns.

If student education currently implemented is appropriate and adequate. If not,

identify how it could be strengthened, set goals to improve the education and create an action plan to accomplish the goals.

If the parent/guardian education component currently implemented is

appropriate and adequate. If not, identify how it could be strengthened, set goals to improve the education component and create an action plan to accomplish the goals. Please note: It is the intent that parent education in combination with studenteducation is more effective. It is not the intent to tell parents ‘what to do,’ but rather tooffer resources to assist them.

  • Theccil implementstheactinplansr may delegateportionstobecmpleted withatimelinefrreportingback totheccil.

There are resources and website links at under Councils and Work of Councils to assist school community councils in completing these new responsibilities.

Paula Plant