Technology Overview for New Franklin R-1 Schools

The New Franklin R-1 School district provides Internet access utilizing MOREnet as the ISP (Internet Service Provider).  Currently we purchase 50 megabytes per second.  ITV classes make it essential that we purchase the highest level of internet connectivity available and we find that 50 mbps is sufficient for our district needs at this time. We evaluate this yearly and adjust accordingly.

The district has a LAN (Local Area Network) which connects each desktop computer, WAP (Wireless Access Point), server and switches to the Internet.  A WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) allows access to the internet with wireless devices. At this time, the district has the following district owned wireless devices:  Chromebooks, Mac laptops, PC laptops, and iPads. Students are allowed to bring an outside device (known as BYOD) as long as it meets the schools criteria for allowed devices (no cell phones) and the student /parent sign the required form.   The form is available in the Tech Office.  BYOD privileges can be revoked at any time for violation of the school technology acceptable use policy.

 Lightspeed Systems is the content filtering that district utilizes. The district is able to customize the settings to allow/deny access to sites at any time.  The reporting feature is used to show usage, most used sites and determine inappropriate use/activity. Content filtering is required by CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act).

Teachers can use Lanschool to monitor live views of technology in use. Monitoring is an effective management tool to ensure that school technology and class time are being used appropriately.

Each staff member/student in the New Franklin R-1 Schools is issued an email account and can access the features provided by GSuite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education). Preschool through first grade are not using email at this time.  Second grade through fifth grade are using only the email and Google classroom features and can only email within the New Franklin domain. That prevents them from receiving inappropriate spam or solicitation from vendors, etc.  Sixth through twelfth grade have access to most of the features available in GSuite such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Classroom, etc.  Sixth through eleventh grade can only email within the domain, but seniors can send and receive email outside of the domain. This allows them to talk to professors and send/receive scholarship information.  Exceptions are made on a per need basis.  Email messages are archived. 

Students/staff are given network access which will allow them to use network resources such as printers or storage.  Current security controls require network users to change their passwords every 90 days, follow complexity requirements for passwords and accept the Technology Usage Statement before accessing those resources.  Network files are protected based on permissions assigned.  Students/staff can sign up for password resets for the network, Gmail or STI in the Tech Office. 

Automated backups for network files are made daily to another server as well as an external hard drive that can be taken off site.  The backups are checked periodically for accuracy.

The district utilizes ThirtySeven4 for virus and malware protection for all Windows OS machines.Reports can be generated that show systems that may be affected. 

The payroll, Cafeteria Cashier food program, Student Information System (InfoNOW-gradebook, attendance, etc.) and Destiny Quest library systems are cloud based. The companies from which we purchase the programs/services control the security measures that protect/backup the data.  New Franklin does limit who has access to those programs and can set/change permissions/passwords as needed. 

The district current utilizes PC laptops and desktops, iPads, Chromebooks and Macbooks. 90% of the staff is eMINTS trained and the district currently uses a modified one-to-one technology program. Devices are in mobile carts with the district staff providing all maintenance, charging, monitoring and repair needs.

The Tech Office is open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM. 

The Technology Plan is available for review in the Tech Office.

Board Approved Policies regarding Technology:

Jacqueline Starke, Technical Director