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Internet safety

Internet safety is incorporated into the curriculum of Chesterfield County Public Schools. As students learn to use the internet, they also learn about online safety, digital citizenship and manners, cyberbullying and other topics. The school division has a moral, ethical and legal imperative to involve parents as soon as any concerning information is found on our network. (Parents have access to these files through their children’s Chromebook and are encouraged to monitor their children’s online behavior.)

The acceptable use policy of Chesterfield County Public Schools outlines expectations for appropriate behavior while students access the school division’s technology network and/or provided device. All school rules apply to the content on a student’s Google Drive. Students are encouraged to review what pictures and movies are stored. If a student connects a cellphone to the Chromebook and allows the phone to upload pictures and movies, they can be held accountable for any inappropriate material.

As part of the effort to maintain a safe, secure online experience for students, Chesterfield County Public Schools uses Gaggle at the middle and high school level.

Gaggle

Gaggle is a scanning program that reviews student Google files for inappropriate images and/or content identified by keywords that might signal concern. Gaggle consistently and constantly reviews Google files created and accessed by CCPS accounts and sends alerts to CCPS professionals for investigation and response as necessary.

If students write or share something that suggests a mental health or safety concern related to self or others, engages in bullying behavior or uploads inappropriate content to their Google Drive, Gaggle sends an alert to schools and the Mental Health Support Services team for assessment and response. During school days, the school-based administrative and counseling team reviews documents and meets with students to assess concerns and collaborates with students and their parents to address alerts and offer resources. After school hours, parents are notified of alerts and resources for mental health or community support by mental health support interventionists who are on call to respond to alerts about student mental health and safety as quickly as possible. This information is shared with parents immediately with a focus on rapidly securing student safety and well-being. If a student is at risk of imminent harm and parents cannot be reached, law enforcement will be contacted to make a safety check at the home.

Alerts concerning sexual images or video of minors will be reported by Gaggle to school administrators and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The school division will also contact the school SRO for investigation. Alerts about threats of violence against others also will be shared with the appropriate authorities.

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