Students and Parents
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| INTERNET SAFETY AND "OUR CHILDREN" |
(To include the following 'Legal Directives'):
In Veribest ISD, we believe that students should be the primary focus of all decisions. The mission of Veribest Independent School District is to provide each student with a meaningful, challenging education, delivered in a safe learning environment that prepares him or her to graduate from high school as a lifelong learner who is a capable, productive, and contributing citizen. We want to provide student achievement at the highest and safest levels.
- "Veribest ISD Acceptable Use Policy" (AUP)
- "Children's Internet Protection Act" (CIPA)
- "The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act "
- "Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills" (TEKS) Revisions
- "Federal Communications Commission" (FCC Order 11-125)
"July 1st, 2012 Deadlines for CIPA, E-Rate and Technology Plans":
In August 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a new Order (FCC 11-125) pertaining to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) rule revisions which incorporate the E-Rate provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act enacted in 2008.
The most important aspect of the educational guidelines under the new Order is that Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors and must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness.
The new education requirements for Internet safety become effective July 1, 2012, for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The new requirements are applicable for all school E-Rate applicants applying for discounts on Internet access, internal connections and basic maintenance. Schools, school districts, and educational service centers that have not already updated their Internet safety policies have less than two months to do so.
The two key questions to be addressed are:
The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act and the FCC Order provides general language calling for the inclusion of a monitoring and educational policy component. This language provides some flexibility for any applicant seeking to update their policy.
- What must be added to an Internet safety policy to make it compliant?
- How must the change be made and documented?
In the 2011 CIPA Order, the FCC acknowledged that schools and districts will need to establish proof of the public meeting that led to your existing CIPA policy. The 2012 Form 486 certification reviews may include a CIPA policy documentation request.
All E-Rate applicants should be prepared to respond to review requests for a copy of the public notice of the board meeting where the CIPA policy was discussed, the agenda of the board meeting where the CIPA policy was discussed, the board approval of CIPA policy captured in the minutes and the actual district CIPA policy, addressing every required point.
The Agency is coordinating with our ePlan developer (SEDL) to implement an updated process to allow school districts, charter schools and education service centers to certify that their school district or charter school complies with all requirements relating the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The required documentation will need to be filed at the local level.
Adding the new CIPA Internet Safety Training elements to your existing policy does not require an additional public meeting, unless for any reason you are unable to show the required documentation of the original public meeting that led to your existing CIPA policy. In this case, post the agenda now, discuss it at your district or school’s board meeting before the summer break, document its approval in the minutes and save the resulting policy indefinitely. You will be required to keep documentation of your original CIPA compliance for as long as you participate in the E-Rate program, and for an additional five years thereafter.
TEA has resources on cyber bullying at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/CSH_Bullying.html and resources on Internet Safety at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147487064. In addition, the newly revised Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), effective beginning with school year 2012-2013, have student standards identified for Digital Citizenship at Grades K-12 - http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/index.html.
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) State Requirements:
Childrens Internet Protection Act … Additions to Local Policies
Bullying: Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.
Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Cyber-bullying: Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.
Texas Law Related to Bullying: Texas Education Code, Chapter 37 Section 37.001 (a); Student Code of Conduct: requires each independent school district in Texas to have a local policy that:
(7) prohibits bullying, harassment, and making hit lists and ensures that district employees enforce those prohibitions; and
(8) provides, as appropriate for students at each grade level, methods, including options, for:
A. managing students in the classroom and on school grounds
B. disciplining students; and
C. preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying harassment and making hit list.
(b-1) The methods adopted under Subsection (a)(8) must provide that a student who is enrolled in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, may not be disciplined for conduct prohibited in accordance with Subsection (a)(7) until an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.
The requirements for prohibiting bullying, harassment, and making hit list are quite detailed and there is also a requirement in law to require the local school district policy to “ensure that district employees enforce those prohibitions.”
Under the requirements of 37.001 (a) (8) the school district is also required to have specific options developed under local policy that are appropriate to each grade level that provide for preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit list.
Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 also offers a parent an opportunity to transfer their child to another campus if their child has been determined by the school to have been bullied.
It is important for each student to report any bullying or threats to the nearest teacher or adult at school as soon as possible so school officials may take appropriate action.
If you have concerns about bullying meet with the campus principal to express your concerns. If your child is receiving special education services go to the ARD committee to focus on the problem and arrange a plan to intervene at the campus level. For additional guidance related to addressing your concerns, we encourage you to visit your district office for clarification.
Online Resources: Support Organizations and Hotlines:
Texas Education Agency - Internet Safety:
Internet Safety Home Page:
In accordance with HB 3171, Section 38.023, the Texas Education Agency has developed and made available to school districts a list of resources concerning Internet Safety. In the navigation bar above are links to pages for students, educators and parents. Within each of the pages are links that categorize different aspects of Internet safety and digital citizenship.
By nature of the content, this site and its information are constantly evolving; therefore, emerging content and resource URLs will be continuously added to this site. We welcome informative resource links from the community, educators, and professionals in the industry to make this a robust and comprehensive reference for everyone. Links and information may be contributed by sending an email to the contact link below.
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For additional information, contact:
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
P.O. Box 490,
10062 F.M. Hwy.
Veribest, TX. 76886