The current policy allows network and internet access to students only after a parent signs a consent form authorizing their child to use these services. The new policy being proposed reverses this and grants all students internet access and requires a parent to opt out if they do not wish to have their child use these services.
The change is being proposed because of the integration the current curriculum has with the internet. The web is being used more and more as a primary tool in the classroom and the policy change is designed to reflect that.
The school is aware of concerns that some parents have about internet use outside of the home but they assure parents that the students are closely supervised and that sophisticated filtering/blocking is in place to keep their browsing safe.
A final vote on this policy will take place on September 20th. Read the full story here.