- Wired Network: Gigabit
- Wireless: (18) Access points, Aerohive wireless infrastructure in all buildings
- Server OS: Windows Server 2016 and Linux
- Client OS: Window 10, iOS and Chrome OS
- Computer Labs: Library (35), Computer Lab (24)
- Web Filtering: Untangle
- Internet: SuddenLink 75MB/75MB fiber Internet
- Document Cameras: Most classrooms
- Projectors: All classrooms
- Printers: (15) Network Printers\Copiers
- Software: Microsoft Office 2016, Adobe CS 5.5 and many others
- Cloud Software: Office 365 & Google Apps Email
- Number of Windows Student Computers: 115
- Chromebooks: (330) 11 complete Chromebook labs
- iPads: (60) 2 complete iPad labs
E-rate Funding History
Bishop Gorman participates in the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (USAC), commonly referred to as E-rate. This program helps schools and libraries reduce telecommunication and Internet expenses. Participating organizations must apply for funding every year.
Funding Year 14 (2011-2012)
$10,570 from the E-rate program.
Funding Year 15 (2012-2013)
$9,896 from the E-rate program.
Funding Year 16 (2013-2014)
$10,141 from the E-rate program.
Funding Year 17 (2014-2015)
Received no funding this year.
Funding Year 18 (2015-2016)
$7,379.16 from the E-rate program.
Funding Year 18 (2015-2016)
$7,379.16 from the E-rate program.
Funding Year 19 (2016-2017)
$23,914.12 from the E-rate program.
Internet and Social Networking Policy
Schools must communicate their Internet and social networking policy effectively to employees and students so that expectations and rules are well known, especially on such an important issue as providing safe Internet access and clear guidelines for employee interaction with students over the Internet inside and outside of a school environment. Additionally, because Bishop Gorman Applies for and receives federal money through USAC by way of E-rate to fund our telecommunication and Internet expenses, we are obligated to comply with the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
- Internet safety policy: CIPA requires that schools have an Internet safety policy.
- Public hearing: CIPA requires that a new or amended Internet safety policy must be noted in a public forum, hearing or meeting. (This does not apply to amending an existing policy to comply with the new CIPA requirements for 2012-2013.)
- Web filtering: CIPA requires schools to implement a technology protection measure that protects against Internet access by both adults and minors to inappropriate content.
- Internet and social media education: CIPA requires schools to educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
In the FCC document (FCC 11-125) on page 4, section A 8 of “Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Revisions” it is important to note the following statement: “At this time, we decline to define or interpret the terms provided in the new statutory language, such as “social networking” or “cyberbullying.” In addition, we will not detail specific procedures or curriculum for schools to use in educating students about appropriate online behavior because these are determinations that are better to be made by schools implementing this policy”
CIPA Compliance Status
Bishop Gorman complies with all CIPA requirements for E-rate applicants.
- Internet safety policy: Bishop Gorman has an open and accessible Internet safety policy.
- Public hearing: Bishop Gorman addressed our Internet safety policy December of 2010 in a school board meeting; the policy is available on page 32 of the student handbook. The school policy was revised May 2012 to meet new CIPA requirements; the policy will be available to the public via the school website, student handbook and employee handbook as the documents have completed the editing process for the coming school year.
- Web filtering: All devices whether personal or school owned accessing the Internet through the school’s Internet connection are filtered for objectionable content. The school does not have the technological capability to filter objectionable content accessed via personal 3G, 4G or similar wireless data plans that come with many smartphones and tablets; nor do we have a policy that strictly bans these devices from school. We do however confiscate a student’s phone if they violate the appropriate use policy in the student handbook.
- Internet and social network education: Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Bishop Gorman will hold one professional forum each year about Internet safety, In addition we will research integrate Internet safety into the 7th grade computer curriculum. This may not be implemented until the 2014-1015 school year. We already have a bullying education program; we will review the current program and add cyberbullying if necessary.
School Social Networking Policy
Bishop Gorman uses social media to communicate and connect with alumni, parents, students and the community through various school facilitated Facebook and Twitter accounts about athletics, events and news. The school has not pursued its use for curricular, classroom or other educational applications.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use other approved methods to communicate classroom matters such as RenWeb, email, phone, school website, virtual classrooms, Google Apps or any other school facilitated service or software the school implements in the future rather than the current popular social network.
Employee Internet and Social Networking Policy
Bishop Gorman realizes many faculty and staff participate in social networks in their personal lives and many times that can blur with their professional lives. School employees are required to follow Diocesan Ethics and Integrity Social Network Guidelines for Non-Clergy Church Personnel. The guidelines below have been copied from the aforementioned document and edited to be directed towards requirements for school employees rather than church employees and volunteers.
School employees that have current students as social network friends should remove the student and all new friend requests should be declined with a message citing the new social networking policy.
Ethics and Integrity Social Network Guidelines
- Other Church Personnel, whether they are employees of the Church or volunteers who minister with minors or vulnerable adults, also represent the Church and are subject to the Ethics and Integrity policy of the diocese.
- Role modeling appropriate boundaries that respect the well-being of minors is an important obligation of adults.
- Adults are obligated to help support the relationship between minors and their parent/guardian.
- In cases where there are dual relationships, such as a minor who are involved in school activities in which a relative is serving as an adult leader (Educator), it is essential that in all matters involving the school activity, the more restrictive boundaries of educators be observed. Parents serving as educators must be mindful of their responsibility in those school settings to observe appropriate boundaries.
- Educators should actively engage the parents/guardians in all communications with a minor. Most times this is best done by communicating with the adult and letting them pass the message on, but might be done by copying the communication. It is NOT sufficient that the adults know that there is communication; they need to be encouraged to know what is communicated specifically.
- Minors and adults are not properly "friends". There is a difference between being 'friendly" and 'friends". Adults are responsible to always recognize and respect the reality that the relationship between adult and minor is never one of peers.
- Adults working with a group should avoid singling individual(s) out for any special treatment.
- Communicating with young people (or adults) with excessive and/or improper frequency, at inappropriate hours, or in private, no matter the communication media is not a healthy behavior.
- Disclosing private and personal information breaks down appropriate professional and ministerial barriers and so makes people more easily exploited.
- Parents who also serve as educators will frequently find themselves in dual relationships (educator/professional and parental). Whenever there are multiple relationships it is important to maintain appropriate boundaries.
- Boundaries in relating with adults need to be treated with similar respect.
- Professionalism must be observed in situations engaging adults. This is particularly the case for college students who are not minors but still need educators to model healthy boundaries. Educators should not cultivate personal friendships and peer relationships with people they serve in the name of the Church.
- School employees in the Diocese of Tyler have committed themselves to the Code of Ethics and Integrity. They are therefore committed to reporting and speaking out about inappropriate behaviors. It is not appropriate for school Personnel to cover up for either minors or adults.
Specific Employee Guidelines
- All school employees are to refrain from engaging in social networking in any way that would provide access to personal or private adult information to any minors they have contact with as school employees. Minors should never be given private or personal information by school employees.
- Social networking is prohibited not only from technology that is Church property, but also personal computers, phones and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices.
- Acceptable use policies should be in place and reviewed for compliance with these guidelines.
- Caution should be taken with Email initiated from school employees to minors without a copy communicated to another adult for monitoring, and if a minor initiates, the school employee must observe professional boundaries.
- Caution should be taken with phone communication and text messaging initiated from school employees to a minor, and if a minor initiates, the school employee must observe professional boundaries.
Internet and Social Network Policy on Campus
Internet Safety and Filtering
Bishop Gorman utilizes a very effective web filter that allows for different levels of protection according to the user type and the website categories that have been allowed for the identified user. In general, Bishop Gorman blocks compromised, anonymizer, dating, child inappropriate, nudity, fishing/fraud, r-rated, pornography and violent categorized websites for all users. Younger students such as those in grades 6-8 are subjected to even stricter filtering.
Social Networking use at school
Bishop Gorman realizes the important opportunities that social media has to offer in education and society at large. Through experience, the school has determined social media access during school hours is more of a distraction than an educational opportunity. Therefore high school students and faculty may access social media websites on campus before or after school hours and middle school students will be denied access at all times. Our social network policy is enforced through our web filter and its integration with user network accounts.