Protecting our Students and Staff Online

In accordance with FCC regulations and the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2001 (CIPA) the Portage Public Schools currently filters all outgoing and incoming web traffic. The filtering software called Lightspeed serves as a robust line of defense against inappropriate content or security hazards on the World Wide Web (WWW). Lightspeed examines every student and staff Internet request and either allows or denies the requests based on specific rules set by Lightspeed and the Portage Technology Department. Since the WWW is ever changing Lightspeed's internal database is updated continuously with new sites and categorized therefore ensuring the best protection possible.

If you would like to learn more about this product and its features please visit Lightspeed's website at

Submitting Blocked Sites for Approval

The Technology Department does its best to ensure that our school community has access to safe and education friendly internet resources. However sometimes internet filtering technology can miscategorize and block "good" sites. To help improve their classroom experience Teachers and staff can submit educationally beneficial sites to The sites will be reviewed and every reasonable effort will be made to ensure submissions are unblocked.

Content Filtering Rules

Adult Content: All categorized adult content and nudity is blocked at all levels in the schools. These lists are primarily maintained by Lightspeed. 

Downloads: It is our goal to keep our workstations and network free from malicious programs to minimize the negative impact on educational processes. Therefore, application downloads have been blocked for a majority of PPS users. This action helps to protect district workstations and the network infrastructure against viruses, trojans, and spyware. Applications which are deemed educationally beneficial by Curriculum must go through a district software installation process to ensure they are properly licensed and work with our existing technologies. Teachers and staff can request appropriate downloads by contacting

Testing Sites

If you are curious how Lightspeed categorizes a particular site in their latest update please visit their testing page.

Lightspeed Database Review: