|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Internet Filtering Legislation|
Section 22.1-70.2 of the Code of Virginia concerning acceptable Internet use policies was amended during the latest legislative session. Coincidentally, the United States Congress enacted the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires schools and libraries receiving federal and certain E-Rate funding to filter Internet access. The Virginia statute becomes effective July 1, 2001, and compliance with federal regulations will be phased in beginning October 28, 2001.
The amendment to Virginia law requires public schools to "…select a technology for the division's computers having Internet access to filter or block Internet access through such computers to child pornography as set out in Section 18.2-374.1:1 and obscenity as defined in Section 18.2-372…" Private schools that satisfy the compulsory school attendance law pursuant to Section 22.1-254 and accept federal funds for Internet access must also comply with the new Virginia statute.
Federal regulations for schools and libraries receiving E-Rate discounts were adopted in April. Schools and libraries receiving E-Rate discounts for Internet access and internal connections must comply with federal regulations by July 1, 2001. Schools that receive funding under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to purchase Internet-accessible computers or Internet access must also install filtering.
Full details of the Virginia statute and federal regulations are available on the Department of Education Web site at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/filtering.htmlDepartment of Education contacts for filtering compliance are school library media specialist Charlie Makela (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) (804) 786-9412, and associate director of Teleproduction Greg Weisiger (mailto:email@example.com) (804) 692-0335.