Because of the Broadband Data Communication Act and FCPS board policy 08.2323, Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship must be taught to all students in grades K-12.
Each year, schools are required to submit a plan to the district that provides information on the topics and lessons in Digital Citizenship as well as specifics on how this content will be delivered. The district and school-level personnel take this responsibility seriously.
Responsibilities of school coordinators
- Make students' digital safety a priority for both themselves and staff;
- Attend district training each year -- either beginning or refresher;
- Share all district information with principals;
- Mark the deadline for completing all instruction on calendars;
- Compile age-appropriate lessons, etc. for delivering the content; (FCPS purchases iSafe where coordinators can access its curriculum. However, any combination of resources can be used as long as the topics are covered with students.)
- Submit FCPS School Internet Safety Instructional Plan with the district by the due date;
- Complete online training, if a new coordinator, and submit the certificate(s) to the district person in charge of Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship;
- Check periodically with staff members in the building who are also responsible for teaching lessons and make sure the instruction is being delivered; and
- Understand that all responsibility on the school level for following federal law and board policy ultimately falls on the school coordinator and the principal.
FCPS knows that educators are only one piece of the Digital Citizenship puzzle when it comes to equipping our students with the skills necessary to thrive in the future. We also need our families and the larger community working with us to discuss and reinforce this important information.