Internet Filtering Committee

  • The Renton Technology Coordinating Council (RTCC) created the Internet Filtering Committee to advise on changes to the district internet filtering policy. The Internet Filtering Committee met January 30th, 2014 for the first time to work toward a community stance on internet filtering for our staff and students. In November 2016 the Committee decided that it completed its work as a stand-alone subcommittee of the Renton Technology Coordinating Council (RTCC) and in the future will meet with RTCC as needed. An overview of the committee meeting decisions include:

    January 30, 2014 - The committee reviewed approximately sixty of the 120 Websense categories and recommended approximately 25 changes.

    April 22, 2014 - The committee completed review of the Websense category list and reviewed implementation results of the first set of recommendations.

    November 13, 2014 - The committee reviewed requests to unblock categories submitted to Webmaster Barbara Folmer. Also reviewed new filtering categories and discussed a proposed district survey.

    April 30, 2015 - The committee reviewed the current appeal process to block/unblock sites as well as requests from staff to unblock certain websites. The committee decided on a biannual meeting and also reviewed the success of the IFC. 

    November 17, 2015 - The committee reviewed the article " Are School Internet Filters the Forgotten Equity Battleground?" as well as the new Responsible Use Policy. Websense categories were reviewed as well as any requests to block or unblock sites. 

    April 18, 2016 - After a review of the fall meeting minutes, the committee discussed the upcoming replacement of internet filtering software. Decision was made to allow YouTube for all students and to set high school student permission levels to the same a staff. 

    November 28, 2016 - This is the final IFC meeting as the group will be moved into the larger RTCC group. 


Member Role
Barbara Folmer District Website Coordinator
Brenda Summers Administrative Assistant, Digital Learning
Carla Smith Recruiting Washington Teachers/Teacher Academy Coordinator
Cathy Dean Elementary Literacy/Social Studies Facilitator
Diane Ferbrache Librarian, Hazen High School and .2 Library TOSA
Dietrich Baker Digital Learning Coach
Ellen Dorr Director of Digital Learning
Genevieve Ramsey Secondary Language Arts and Social Studies Facilitator
Randy Matheson Executive Director, Community Relations
Rena Clark Digital Learning Coach
Seymour Hanfling Chief Technology Officer
Tom Howley Technology Services, Infrastructure Director
Todd Franceschina Board Director