Website Unblocking

Website Unblocking

 
Website Unblocking 
Per federal and state law, Green Local Schools is required to have an Internet filter in place to block inappropriate or harmful materials from students. No Internet filter is perfect: just as many sites "sneak through" the filter even though they are inappropriate, many sites are also blocked that have significant educational value (and are appropriate for our educational community).   When you believe that a educationally valuable and appropriate website is being blocked on our district network, please complete the Website Unblocking Request form. This site will be examined by the district technology committee, and if it is deemed appropriate, it will be unblocked as quickly as possible. 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
There's a great (and totally appropriate) website that I've read about ... why it is blocked on our network?
 
Our filter works by putting websites into categories, and then those categories are blocked or unblocked for different authorized users on our network. While the district can decide which categories to block, the categorization of specific websites is done entirely by our filtering company without district input. With millions of websites on the Internet, the only way for us to know if a website should be unblocked is to submit an unblocking request. Even if a website does not contain objectionable content, it may use so much bandwidth that it affects the performance of our network for all district users. In these cases, even websites that are not normally blocked by the filter may be manually blocked by the technology team.  
 
How do I check if a website I would like students to use is blocked?
 
The most efficient way is to get a chromebook from a cart or classroom in your building. All chromebooks by default are under the student policy. Try accessing sites you would like to use in your classroom to ensure they are available to students.
 
A website that I used yesterday without any problems is now blocked today. Why did this happen?
 
Our web filtering service will occasionally recategorize websites without notifying us. If the website's new category is being blocked, the website will be blocked when the category is changed. Because we cannot possibly know when all of these category changes are made, we rely on teachers and staff to submit unblocking requests when this happens. If the site was previously unblocked, be sure to mention that when submitting your request. Keep in mind that just because a website isn't accessible doesn't mean it's blocked. There may be issues with our network or even with the website itself that may be causing the site to not load properly. Be sure to verify that the site is really being blocked by our filter before submitting an unblocking request (a good way to check is to try to load the site on your smartphone using your cellular data).  
 
I want my students to build a website for a class project,  I can't find any online website builders that aren't blocked for students.
 
Unblocking online website builders for students is problematic, because obviously anyone can use them to put content on the web, and that content may or may not be inappropriate. Google Sites is a great alternative for online content creation and is not blocked for students.
 
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