• Websites are initially filtered based on 100+ general categories such as shopping, entertainment, news/media, adult, custom allowed, and custom blocked.

    A list of the categories is available herehttps://community.opendns.com/domaintagging/categories

    These rules are applied to the following user groups:
    Generic Users – Very little access due to limited accountability
    Elementary School Students
    Middle School Students
    High School Students
    Staff

    Filtering rules are district-wide and are not established by or for a specific building or program.
    A list is maintained for all categories blocked/unblocked and specific websites blocked/unblocked beyond defined categories. Please consult this list to insure that you are not making a duplicate request. If you wish to appeal a previous decision, please see appeal process (below).

    Current list of web categories allowed/blocked by group

    Requests for Websites to be Blocked

    All requests for websites to be blocked should be submitted to helpdesk@rentonschools.us accompanied with reason(s) for blocking and user groups to be blocked. These requests are acted upon prior to requests for unblocking of websites.

     

    Requests for Websites to be Unblocked

    All requests for websites to be unblocked should be submitted to the school principal or department director with explanation of instructional or job-function necessity. Unblocking of a website is at the discretion of the school principal or department director to submit a request to helpdesk@rentonschools.us.
     
    Requests for unblocking should include the following:

    For Instructional Use:
    1. Explanation of correlation to curriculum
    2. How the website will be used in the lesson plan
    3. Specific tasks students will need to complete
    4. User group to be unblocked (see Filtering Rules above)
    5. Complete URL (web address)
    6. Phone extension of requesting staff member
    7. A screenshot of the blocked message showing the reason the website is blocked

    For Job Function:
    1. Explanation of necessity for job-function
    2. User group to be unblocked (see Filtering Rules above)
    3. Complete URL (web address)
    4. Phone extension of requesting staff member
    5. A screenshot of the blocked message showing the reason the website is blocked

    The Technology Services Helpdesk is instructed to send all requests that do not include complete information back to the sender.
    Instructions for making screenshots are on the Tech Support tab of SharePoint.

    These requests are acted upon after requests for blocking of websites.
    Principal and Director requests will be evaluated by the CTO of Technology Services for legal, financial, and system support concerns and by the Director of Instructional Technology for legal, financial, and instructional concerns.
    Initial decisions will be made and then taken to RTCC (Renton Technology Coordinating Council) for verification and further discussion.

    Appeals:  Appeals can be made directly to RTCC by appointment.

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