Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

2017-2018 Internet Safety Plan

It is the policy of Fort Sam Houston Independent School District to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. (See attached.)

Compliance measures contained within this plan address the following:

  Access by Minors to Inappropriate Matter on the Internet

  1. Users will not use the district system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornographic), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).  For students, special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of such access is to conduct research AND both the teacher and the parent approve access.  District employees may access the above material only in the context of legitimate research.

  1. If a user inadvertently accesses such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school.  Students should immediately notify teachers.  Teachers and staff should immediately notify building administration.  Building administration should immediately notify the DIstrict Director of Technology.  This will protect users against an allegation that they have intentionally violated the acceptable use policy.

  1. The fact that the filtering technology has not protected against access to certain material shall not create the presumption that such material is appropriate for users to access.  The fact that the filtering software has protected access to certain material shall not create the presumption that the material is inappropriate for users to access.

  1. The district has taken steps to lock out objectionable areas on the internet to the greatest extent possible, but potential dangers remain.


Safety and Security of Minors when using Electronic Mail, Chat Rooms, and other Forms of Direct Electronic Communications and Unauthorized Disclosures

  1. Student users will not post or share contact information about themselves or other people.  Personal contact information includes the student’s name together with other information that would allow an individual to locate the student, including, but not limited to, parent(s) name(s), home address/ location, work address/location, or phone number.

  1. Elementary and middle school students will not disclose their full name or any other personal contact information for any purpose.

  1. High school students will not disclose personal contact information, except to educational institutes for educational purposes, companies or other entities for career development purposes, or with specific staff approval.

  1. Students will not disclose names, personal contact information, or any other private or personal information about other students under any circumstances.  Students will not forward a message that was sent to them privately without permission of the person who sent them the message.

  1. Students will not agree to meet someone they have met online.

  1. Students will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.  Students should not delete such messages until instructed to do so by a staff member.

  Unauthorized Access, Including “Hacking” and other Unlawful Activities by Minors Online

  1. To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Fort Sam Houston ISD online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

  1. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

  1. Security on any computer network is a high priority, especially when the network involves many users.  If a user feels he/she can identify a security problem on the computer network, the user must notify a network administrator or building level administrator.  The user should not inform individuals other than network or building administrators of a security problem.

  1. Users are responsible for the use of their individual account(s) and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account(s).  Under no conditions should a user provide their password(s) to another person.

  1. Passwords to the network or online accounts should not be passwords that can be easily guessed by others, nor should they be words that could be found in a dictionary.

  1. Attempts to log in to the network or online accounts using either another user’s account could result in termination of the account.  Users should immediately notify a network administrator if a password is lost or stolen, or if they have reason to believe that someone has obtained unauthorized access to their account.  Any user identified as a security risk will have limitations placed on usage of the network or may be terminated as a user and be subject to other disciplinary action.  

  1. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district system or to any other computer system through the district system, or go beyond their authorized access.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files.  These actions are illegal, even if only for the purpose of “browsing”.

  1. Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.  These actions are illegal. 

  1. Users will not use the district system to engage in any illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, etc.

  1. Users will not attempt to access websites blocked by district policy, including the use of proxy services, software, or other websites.

  1. Students will not attempt to access non-instructional district systems, such as student information systems or business systems.

  1. Users will not use sniffing or remote access technology to disrupt or monitor the network or other user’s activity.

  1. Users will not use any wired or wireless network (including third party internet service providers) with equipment brought from home unless they have explicit permission in their signed RUA Consent Form.  Example: The use of a home computer on the network or accessing the Internet from any device not owned by the district.

  1. Users will not use district equipment, network, or credentials to threaten employees, or cause a disruption to the educational program.

  1. Users will not possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal behavior or that could threaten school safety, using the Internet or websites at school to encourage illegal behavior, or threatening school safety.

  1. Users will not use the district equipment, network, or credentials to send or post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

Technology Protection Measure (Internet Filtering)

  1. To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. 

  1. The district technology department will analyze the effectiveness of the selected filter and will make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the selection and configuration of the filter.

  1. The filter may not be disabled at any time that students may be using the district Internet system, if such disabling will cease to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The filter may be disabled during non-student use time for system administrative purposes.

  1. Filtering technology has been found to inappropriately block access to appropriate material.  To ensure that the implementation of the technology protection measure is accomplished in a manner that retains district control over decision-making regarding the appropriateness of material for students, does not unduly restrict the educational use of the district Internet system by teachers and students, and ensures the protection of students’ constitutional right to access to information and ideas, authority may be granted to selected educators to temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites blocked by the filter.

  1. If an unauthorized individual believes that the blocked site should be permanently unblocked, a recommendation will be forward to the District Director of Technology.  The Director of Technology will make a decision to permanently unblock access to the site or may delegate the decision to the district technology committee. 

Education, Supervision, and Monitoring

  1. The Director of Technology and designated representatives will provide age appropriate training for students who use the Fort Sam Houston ISD Internet facilities. The training provided will be designed to promote the Fort Sam Houston ISD commitment to:
  1. The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the FSHISD Internet Safety Policy;
  2. Student safety with regard to:
  1. safety on the Internet;
  2. appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
  3. cyberbullying awareness and response.
  1. Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).

  1. It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Fort Sam Houston ISD staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

CIPA Definitions of Terms


MINOR. The term “minor” means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE.The term ``technology protection measure'' means a

specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

1. Obscene, as that term is defined in § 1460 of Title 18, United States Code;

2. Child Pornography, as that term is defined in § 2256 of Title 18, United States Code; or

3. Harmful to minors.

HARMFUL TO MINORS.The term ``harmful to minors'' means any picture, image, graphic image file,

or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;

2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT.The terms ``sexual act'' and ``sexual contact'' have the meanings

given such terms in § 2246 of Title 18, United States Code.

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