HB 213, sponsored by Representative Stratton passed in the 2015 Legislative Session gave school community councils a new assignment to partner with school administration in creating a safe and constructive internet environment for students. 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.
At Delta High School the following safeguards are in place to provide a safe internet environment:
Internet Filters – All internet access is filtered through district network servers, which are in turn filtered through SEDC. The Southwest Educational Development Center filters provide a significant line of defense against access to inappropriate material.
Layered Network & Internet Access – Students, guests, staff and teachers, have layered access to online resources based upon a user profile setup at the district level. This profile significantly restricts unidentified guest and student access to online resources such as YouTube, Google, Images, etc.
Management Software – The school district uses management software to further control and supervise student online activities. Software such as MDM, Google Chrome Management, and LanSchool, allow teachers and district personnel to monitor and track student online activities in real time and historic time.
Acceptable Use Policy – The Millard School District requires every student and guardian to sign a copy of the Acceptable Use Policy every year. This policy outlines the terms and conditions of the privilege of using school network and internet connections. It also outlines expectations and consequences for violations of the policy.
NetSmartz Utah – The Attorney General’s Office provides schools with semi-annual training for students and staff in internet safety. Usually students and staff will attend such training every other year in the form of assemblies.
Ongoing Threats – The ever changing array of proxy sites that are designed to get around internet filters is a growing concern to schools; Smart phones with internet messaging apps are also a huge problem.