Wednesday Roundup

Cumberland Valley School District | September 7, 2022

Welcome back to the start of a new school year. We know this message is long, but our first Wednesday Roundup following the start of school includes lots of important information and reminders: Calendars, signoffs, text alerts, safety drills, device management software (Blocksi), upcoming tailgates, employment/substitute opportunities, and CV YOU Day.

Quick Access: 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

You may click here at any time to access our current instructional calendar.

Annual Signoffs

As previously shared, at the start of each school year, we ask families to please update important information and complete annual sign-offs in Skyward. These forms are live and available for completion right now. If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to please complete this vital information.

As a reminder, parents/guardians may access their Skyward Family Access portal at the following web address:

Reminder: Register for Text Alerts

Cumberland Valley School District uses text messaging as a mode of communication during inclement weather, emergencies, bus delays, and more. If you are new to the District or if you have not previously signed up to receive text alerts, please sign into your Skyward Family Access account and complete the “Text (SMS) Notifications” form. For step-by-step directions, please click the "How do I register" link below.

Annual Safety Drills

As part of our school safety and security process, and as mandated by law, students and staff in each of our buildings will participate in a school security drill between now and mid October. We recognize that it is critically important to prepare our school community for any potential real-life security incidents by providing our students and staff with these mandated training opportunities.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s building principal should you have any questions.

Please note: Students and staff will continue to practice fire drills on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Blocksi (Device Management Software)

For the past three school years, CVSD students have been provided an iPad, Chromebook, or laptop for use during the school day and at home as part of the District’s 1:1 technology initiative. As teachers and students have become more accustomed to using these devices as part of the CVSD learning environment, CV teachers have expressed that they have a need to be able to better monitor student use of CVSD devices during classes to ensure that students are using the devices appropriately. During the 2021-2022 school year, CVSD piloted two programs, with 21 teachers in grades 5-9. One of the programs, called Blocksi, was selected.

As a result, Blocksi was rolled out for use on the District’s Chromebooks and District Chrome student accounts, which are assigned to students in grades 5 - 11. Blocksi, a Google for Education and Microsoft partner, is a software program that offers a variety of solutions to assist in classroom management, internet filtering, and student safety. Blocksi complies with all privacy laws and it is NOT illegal spyware or malware. In fact, Blocksi helps CVSD comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

As a one-to-one district, Cumberland Valley uses a singular component of Blocksi as part of our device management program. Blocksi is installed through a google extension onto a student’s Chrome browser and Chromebook device in grades five through 11. Twelfth grade students, who have Windows laptops, continue to be monitored by the District’s web filter as required by law.

While there are numerous features, or “solutions,” available to districts and parents through Blocksi, CV has elected to only use the classroom management (teacher dashboard) component. This allows teachers, if needed, to monitor and manage a student’s device during class. As part of this Blocksi solution, neither the teacher nor the district has access to turn on the microphone or camera on a student’s device, and Blocksi’s classroom management solution is only functional on the device or in the Chrome student account, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each school day. In addition, CVSD does not have GPS hardware installed on our devices, nor does Blocksi geotrack our students, which has been shared as a concern by some parents.

We have information on our 1:1 technology webpage regarding app restrictions, personal content, management and remote control, and content filtering. This information is also referenced each year as part of back-to-school information shared with families. Additionally, applicable Board policies include Policy #815 (Acceptable Use Policy) and Policy #237 (Use of Electronic Communication Devices).

Please see below for a few additional questions and answers.

Is Blocksi installed on my home computer?

No, Blocksi is NOT installed on your home computer. Rather, it is installed as a Chrome extension on the student google accounts in grades 5-11.

If a student logs into a Google Chrome browser with their school-issued account, the Chrome extension will be active for the duration of that browser instance only.

The extension is not installed/active on the computer itself and does not have access to any personal applications, files, etc. Additionally, the extension is not installed/active for personal browser instances and it is not installed/active on any other browser software (Safari, Edge, Firefox, etc.).

There are a number of other extensions we use that operate in this same manner. Most notable is our internet filter, Content Keeper, but also Grammarly, Kami, Zoom, and Google Keep to name a few.

Is the Chrome extension active on my mobile device?

No, Chrome extensions do not work or install on Chrome mobile apps.

Did teachers have access to the program over the summer?

Teachers were trained on the afternoon of August 26, 2022, and at that time their classes were loaded and active via Skyward and Clever. As such, if students were logged into their account through Google Chrome during the teacher training, a teacher could have seen and used the Blocksi tool, should there have been a need.

Does a student know when they are being actively monitored?

Yes, when a student is signed into their account through Google Chrome, they will notice Blocksi’s “B” icon in the extensions list in the upper right corner of their screen. If their teacher is actively monitoring their screen, a blue “M” indicator will appear as a subscript of the “B” icon. (See screenshot below.)

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CV Mini-THON + Salute to Service Tailgates

Prior to our September 16, 2022, football game, two family-friendly tailgates will be hosted on our campus.

Gold Out Tailgate: From 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept 16, 2022, CV Mini-THON will host its annual Gold Out tailgate. The event will take place behind the tennis courts at CVHS, and includes food, fun, and family-friendly games and activities. All money raised benefits the CV Mini-THON and the Four Diamonds. #FTK

Salute to Service Tailgate: Several high school Patriots’ Clubs from throughout Cumberland County are coming together to host this special tailgate to honor all members of the military and first responders. The tailgate, which is complimentary for military/first responders, will take place from 4-6 p.m. on the practice field (located directly across from Chapman Field and along Dapp Road). A flyover will take place at 6:58 p.m.

Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. this night, the band will take to the field, followed by several special recognition ceremonies and Presentation of the Colors in advance of the flyover.

Quick Access: Athletic Schedules

Click here at any time to view up-to-date athletic schedules by sport.

REMINDER: Guest Speakers Needed for CV YOU Day

On November 17, 2022, Cumberland Valley High School’s 10-12 Campus will host our 2nd Annual CV YOU Day. The day is dedicated to allowing our students to explore Life after High School. To make CV YOU Day a success, we need community members to be a part of the day.

We are looking for guest speakers to share insights about their career path, skills needed to succeed in their careers, individual wellness, and other topics related to life after high school.

Our students need you! Please click here to learn more about CV YOU Day and to register to be a guest speaker.
Quick Access: Job Opportunities

We would love for you to apply to join our team. Professional, support, substitute, and contracted positions available.