Content Filter (General)
GoGuardian Content Filtering
As part of the Colorado Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility initiative, ECSD is required to provide a safe and secure internet environment for students to work in and learn. To maintain that type of environment, ECSD selected GoGuardian to monitor, filter, and block restricted websites on all district computers, while connected to the district network and on devices that go home with students.
Finally, YouTube and Google Safe Search are enabled by default on district devices. The Safe Search feature cannot be disabled by the students.
No filtering system is perfect. They utilize rules or patterns to look for inappropriate content in words or images online. Sometimes medical pictures, references, and dynamic content make their way through filters. Because of this, we communicate expectations around classroom management to our staff. Teachers also incorporate digital citizenship lessons into students' curriculum. However, active monitoring while communicating expectations and boundaries clearly with children is the best way to keep them safe online.
If you find a site that needs to be blocked/unblocked, for educational purposes, please fill out a help request to provide us with the site and necessary change.
Details on the various GoGuardian block pages and their meanings can be found here.
Content Filter - STAFF
In order to protect your privacy as well as student data privacy, prevent malicious attacks, and ensure we are in compliance with all legal policies (CIPA, FERPA, COPPA,HIPAA, CDA), the technology department has made some changes over the summer. We had several discussions about each change regarding whether or not it is necessary to best support and protect our staff and students without interfering with the learning experience. Many changes you will not even notice, however, we wanted to make you aware of some of the changes that may be more noticeable to you:
Content Filter - STUDENTS
As part of our continuing effort to follow legal regulations for computer usage by students AND to also put only quality educational content on these devices, the following changes will be made to filtering on STUDENT ACCOUNTS…
Eagle County schools provides a guest Wireless Network called ECSD-CourtesyWIFI. It is a free service intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access to the wireless network to perform general Internet activities. It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information.
All traffic is monitored, logged, and is treated with Quality of Service rules based on educational needs.
Once you click/tap "connect to Internet" your device will be granted access for 24 hrs at that site (You may want to check your device settings to auto join this network but will need to click/tap "connect to Internet" every 24 hrs for Internet)
Web - Http/Https
Email - POP/IMAP/SMTP
Troubleshooting Devices and WiFi Connections
District computing devices are configured to allow connections to home and public WiFi networks. The ECSD Technology Department is unable to provide support for home networks.
How to connect an ECSD Chromebook to your home WiFi network:
Turn on the Chromebook
Connect to WiFi
In the bottom right corner of the screen, click the time.
Select Not Connected underneath the WiFi symbol .
Your Chromebook will list available networks, including your home WiFi network.
Select your home network and connect
Select your home WiFi network. Type the WiFi password, if needed.
Here are a few basic troubleshooting steps you can try before checking with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.
Restart your computer or mobile device.
Try connecting to your home WiFi network again.
Ensure that you are entering the correct WiFi password.
Try connecting to another wireless network such as a coffee shop WiFi network or public library WiFi network and see if you can connect successfully.
If you are still unable to connect to your home WiFi, please check with your ISP or network hardware manufacturer’s website for support links.
Support Links to Local Internet Service Providers (ISP)
Support Phone Numbers to Common Device Brands