District 303 takes Internet safety seriously. Our goal is to protect students from inappropriate material on the web and to teach students how to be safe and responsible digital citizens.
Congress passed HR 4577, Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which includes requirements for K-12 schools that provide Internet access. One of the requirements of this act is the use of a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet content. St. Charles CUSD 303 uses an education-focused product to enforce CIPA regulations as well as additional filtering/blocking choices as a District.
In alignment with Illinois Public Act 095-0869, otherwise known as the Internet Safety Act, all students, grades 3 through 12, attending an Illinois public school will be given instruction in specific areas regarding technology/Internet safety. Specifically, the mandatory Internet safety education must include lessons on cyberbullying awareness and response as well as teaching appropriate online behaviors for students on social networking sites and in chat rooms. This policy will be addressed through the implementation of the digital citizenship curriculum with lessons including the following topics: search engines, cyberbullying, copyright/plagiarism, safe social networking use and website validity.
Additionally, parents and students must be familiar with District Technology usage and expectations. The following links provide detailed information on acceptable use of technology in the District. Agreement to terms occurs yearly during Annual Registration for Returning Students and upon initial enrollment.