COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 69

March 23, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technology Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Safety Implementation Rubrics

 

Legislation approved by the 2006 General Assembly requires the addition of a student Internet safety component to division acceptable use policies (AUP). This legislation can be found at the following address: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/internet-safety-guidelines-resources.pdf (see Appendix A).

 

The legislation requires Internet safety to be integrated within each school divisions academic instructional program. To assist the division, the Department issued Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools in October 2006. For reference, see Superintendents Memo No. 210, October 6, 2006: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf210.html. See also Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/internet-safety-guidelines.shtml.

 

The legislation also requires the division to submit a copy of the revised technology AUP. The policy must include a statement that the policy, Internet safety component, and related implementation program have been approved by the local school board:

Code 22.1-70.2. Acceptable Internet use policies for public and private schools.

A. Every two years, each division superintendent shall file with the Superintendent of Public

Instruction an acceptable use policy, approved by the local school board, for the international network of computer systems commonly known as the Internet:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/internet-safety-guidelines-resources.pdf.

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide the divisions with a set of rubrics, Division Implementation Rubrics for Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Safety Program, for conducting a self-assessment on the degree to which the expectations of Code 22.1-70.2 are being addressed. The rubrics may be downloaded from the following Department Web page link: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/internet-safety-rubrics.pdf.

 

The timetables for the AUP revision and implementation process are stated in Superintendents Memo No. 210, issued October 6, 2006: (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf210.html). During school year 2006-2007, the division's Internet safety policy and program should be developed, aligned with the state guidelines, and incorporated into the AUP. By June 1, 2007, each division must send a statement to the director of the Office of Educational Technology confirming the completion of this work. During school year 2007-2008, the division will review the progress and effectiveness of its Internet safety policy and the implementation of its Internet safety program. By September 1, 2008, each division must submit to the Department a copy of the AUP, including the Internet safety policy and a statement that the AUP and Internet safety program have been approved by the local school board. The Department will review division policies in September 2008. The purpose of this review will be to determine if the division has addressed the expectations of Code 22.1-70.2.

 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Tammy McGraw, director of the Office of Educational Technology, at 804-225-4429 or e-mail at tammy.mcgraw@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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