The Coppell Independent School District makes the Internet accessible in accordance with our mission to provide information resources and services to ensure that all users have free and open access to ideas and information. In this role, the District provides access to information resources available on the Internet. The District has limited control over the information obtained through the Internet. It may contain materials which some find offensive or inappropriate, however, CISD makes every effort to monitor and structure internet access in an effort to keep kids safe from inappropriate material.
In accordance with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), (Pub. L. 106-554), all desktop computers, laptops, iPads and other wireless devices, that utilize the CISD network, will be filtered by a centralized filtering appliance. This filtering appliance is set to screen out sites which may reasonably be construed as obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; or child pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or harmful to minors as defined in section 1703, Pub. L. 106-544. Our district internet filter currently blocks the following categories: Child Abuse Content, Proxy/Filter Avoidance, Gambling, Hacking, Pornography, and a black list including URL's we define that were not caught by our category/reputation filter.
As with any other technology resource, restriction of a child's use of the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian, within the confines of the law.
The District assumes no responsibility for damages, direct, or indirect, for the use of the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, damage to District or personally owned equipment caused by virus-laden material downloaded from any Internet site. Users are encouraged to purchase and use a virus detection program on their personal devices. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium. It is possible for third parties to obtain information regarding an individual user's search activities. Users should be very cautious about providing personal information over the Internet.
Monitoring Inappropriate Usage:
The District has the ability to monitor the online activities of students and staff through direct observation and/or technological means to ensure that students and staff are following the guidelines and policies set forth by the District. Additionally, as a part of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act that was passed by Congress in 2008 to promote the online safety in schools, CISD is committed to educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.
District Board Policy also prohibits harassment, bullying, retaliation, discrimination, and other conduct that creates a hostile working or educational environment for an individual. This prohibition extends to the use of the District's technology resources. If you ever feel that you are being harassed, bullied, retaliated or discriminated against, or otherwise being subjected to illegal or inappropriate conduct through the District's technology resources, you should immediately report it to the District.