RSD Internet Filtering

  • Technology Services operates within the guidelines set by various policies and laws. Internet access provided by the district is run through an internet filter that will attempt to block various content.

    Which sites are configured to be blocked or allowed are based on decisions of the Renton Technology Coordinating Council (RTCC).

    Blocking and Unblocking of Websites

    According to Board Policy 2022 and 2022p, filtering software is used to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene including child pornography in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Filtering is also used to block content that is not consistent with the mission of the district:

    A. Filtering software is not 100% effective. While filters make it more difficult for objectionable material to be received or accessed, filters are not a solution in themselves. Users must take responsibility for their own use of technology resources and the internet and avoid objectionable sites;

    B. When staff become aware of internet abuse, they must report this abuse to their supervisors and to Technology Services.  Staff who fail to report may be subject to disciplinary action;

    C. Any attempts to defeat or bypass the district’s internet filter or conceal internet activities are prohibited.  Proxies, https, special ports, modifications to district browser settings and any other techniques designed to evade filtering or enable the publication of inappropriate content are also prohibited;

    D. Email inconsistent with the educational and research mission of the district will be considered SPAM and should be blocked from entering the district email system;

    E. The district will provide appropriate adult supervision of internet use. Controlling access by minors to inappropriate material on the internet is the responsibility of the adults and requires deliberate and consistent monitoring of student access to district computers by the teachers supervising the students;

    F. Staff members who supervise students, control technology resources or have occasion to observe student use of said resources, must make a reasonable effort to monitor the use of these resources to assure that student use conforms to the mission and goals of the district;

    G. Staff must make a reasonable effort to become familiar with the technology resources and the internet to monitor, instruct and assist effectively.