Sometimes we are trying to access a useful website for classroom use and we come to find the dreaded YELLOW screen of Websense.
Fortunately, TUSD has a process that can lead to unblocking the particular site you are trying to access. All you have to do is fill out the online form and submit it. TUSD determines if that site can be unblocked. I’ve submitted several sites and all have been unblocked. Chances are that if it’s something that benefits Teachers or Students, it will be unblocked.
You can only access this form on a work computer. (http://intranet/proxyissues.html)
This is what the form looks like:
1. Contact Name (Required)
This is the person submitting this request. Must be entered as First Name Last Name (With only a space between.) If the last name is hyphenated enter the name without the hyphen. Please no middle initials!
2. Contact Phone (Required)
Phone number where you can be reached. Must be entered as 8 digits. EX: 225-6333
3. Site (Required)
Select the site you work from! If you are at multiple sites use your home site (Where you recieve your paycheck).
4. Grade Level (Optional)
If you are a teacher select the grade you teach, all others use Elementary, Middle or High School.
5. Subject Area (Optional)
This is for the general type of information accessed on this site. Some examples would be Geographical, Sports, or Inappropriate Content ETC.
6. Requested Action (Required)
Select either Block Site or Make Site Available.
7. Specific Reasons (Required)
Explain specifically why the site should be blocked or unblocked. Please give examples of ways the sites content would impact TUSD students.
8. URL (Required)
Enter the complete path to the web site from the browser or websense error message. See example!
9. URL Example
There is an example of an acceptable URL at the bottom of the page. It is also an error message you may receive from websense for a blocked site.
Hope this helps! I know it can be frustrating sometimes.