HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-241

Requested Information
Under the Maryland Public Information Act Title 4, I am requesting an opportunity to view or obtain copies of public records.

Specifically, I am seeking the following information:
(1) the list of words that are censored on school computers
(2) a list of websites that, as a result of the banned words, students are unable to view
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, no existing record contains a list of words censored by HCPSS on school computers, and thus resulting websites. For reference, HCPSS follows requirements under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) – see the record below which outlines HCPSS’ current process through an outside vendor using website categorization.

Responsive Documents

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.