Common Sense on E-rate and CIPA: Toolkit for Administrators

E-rate is complicated. But complying with CIPA's educational requirements doesn't have to be.

Common Sense Education created this toolkit to help your district or school address the Internet safety, appropriate online behavior, and cyberbullying topics E-rate recipients need to teach to students. Use it to guide your efforts in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Turn Your Internet Safety Policy Into Action

Administrator Checklist

Use this checklist to guide your E-rate education planning. Complete the steps, sign a copy, and keep it on file along with your Internet safety policy adoption records.
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Implementation Guide

We recommend selecting one of the education implementation models outlined in this guide. Use it to chart a clear course for your school or district for the coming school year.
download guide

Teacher Resource Page

The Teacher Toolkit houses all of the materials your teachers will need to provide this education to your students. Share a link with anyone who supports your program.
explore teacher page

Teacher Verification Doc

Collect completed Teacher Verification Documents from all educators who provide CIPA-required instruction to your students. This form is also available on the teacher page.
download teacher document

Additional Information About E-rate

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the E-rate program, and you may want to bookmark this site if you haven't already done so. The archived training sessions available on their site are a great way to get up to speed on all aspects of managing an E-rate program.

E-Rate Central has a wealth of information about managing this program, including resources to help navigate the regulations related to educating students.

Share Your District's Policy

One of the top questions we get from administrators is about spotlighting best practices in writing and updating Internet safety policies per CIPA guidelines. This isn't Common Sense Media's area of expertise, but we know it is yours, and we'd love to help spotlight some best practices from the districts in our educator community.

Please email us if you are willing and able to share your district's Internet safety policy to help guide others. Check back here for updates in the coming months!

This toolkit is designed to help your school or district comply with E-rate and CIPA legislation. This does not constitute legal advice. Your own lawyers will need to review the materials and recommended verification plan outlined in this toolkit to ensure it meets your district’s standard for E-rate certification. Common Sense Media accepts no liability in the event of a district audit.