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Reminders: Short-term inconvenience means long-term gain.

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We’re making some changes that will involve some inconvenience over the next several weeks but will provide significant benefits in the long-term.

As part of our new annual licensing agreement with Microsoft, we have access at no additional cost to their SPAM interdiction and internet filter application. This is the same agreement that provides Microsoft Office throughout the District for your use and the opportunity to purchase Office 2010 for home use at a nominal cost while you continue to work in MISD.

More Restrictive Filtering

Since last April, we’ve been working on implementing this new program. The actual “cutover” took place last week. Since then, you may have noticed an uptick in the amount of SPAM that you’ve received and loss of the rights needed to access some of the sites that you use.

Because we don’t provide student access to YouTube and a variety of other sites due to inappropriate content, teacher access is also restricted for now. In order to give students and teachers different rights through the filter, a program has to be installed on each computer. We expect this process to be complete by the end of October. Then, we will be able to provide YouTube access to teachers again. Please use alternatives, such as TeacherTube, until then.

Junk E-Mail

If you begin to receive too many emails, you may use your junk mail filter within Outlook to cut down on the number that you receive.

Click here to access an article about the Outlook 2007 Junk Mail Filter.

Click here for information about the Outlook 2003 Junk Mail Filter.

Thanks for your patience as we work through these growing pains.

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