South Beloit Community Unit School District – Smoothwall Filter and Firewall Case Study
Here’s how Smoothwall worked with the IT Team of this Illinois School District to find a low maintenance firewall and web filter solution that would work for the over 1,100 students and a variety of devices used in K-12 classrooms across five schools.
What’s the background?
South Beloit Community Unit School District is a public K-12 district in Illinois with 1,100 students across five schools: Clark Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, Blackhawk Elementary, South Beloit Junior High and South Beloit High School.
The technology team, headed by Buddy Pride, Director of Curriculum and Technology, manages internet access centrally across all sites. Access to the internet is required for students, teachers, and guests, and the connection is provided through a single centralized connection, with each individual site linked to the network by fiber.
All students from 1st thru 12th grade have 1-to-1 Chromebooks, and there are eight shared devices in each kindergarten class. Teachers use a combination of laptops and hardwired desktops.
What was the challenge?
Buddy tells us a major problem with their previous solution was compatibility errors between the filter and the firewall. “We were having issues with sites that were being allowed through the filter being blocked at the firewall level,” says Buddy. This double-work ate into their productivity.
Now I can provide detailed PDF reports on user behavior to an administrator within minutes.