School Policies vs. Class Rules

What is a Policy?

Your school or district maintains a central set of filtering rules in a separate tool called School Manager. We call rules in this central set Policies. Policies always apply to your students unless you create rules for your classes or students in Classwize. 

There are four types of Policies:

1. Locked Allowed

Your school always lets students access this resource (Theme, Category, Signature, URL, or application). Other policies and Classwize rules that try to block it won’t work. Classwize will tell you if you try to create a rule that contradicts a Locked Allowed policy. See Rules Validation Overview for more information about how Classwize checks for conflicting rules. 

2. Locked Blocked

Your school never lets students access this resource. Other policies and Classwize rules that try to allow it won’t work.  Classwize will tell you if you try to create a rule that contradicts a Locked Blocked rule. See Rule Validation Overview for more information about how Classwize checks for conflicting rules.

3. Allowed

Your school normally lets students access this resource. You can use Classwize to create rules that block these resources (including Windows applications) during your class.

4. Blocked

Your school doesn’t normally let students access this resource. You can use Classwize to create rules that allow these resources during your class.

What is a Rule?

Classwize lets you make Rules that override school Policies. These Rules apply on a class-by-class or student-by-student basis. There are two types of Rules:

1. Blocked

Your student(s) can't access these resources during your class, even if your school normally allows it (unless it is Locked Allowed).

2. Allowed

Your student(s) can access these resources during your class, even if your school normally blocks them (unless it is Locked Blocked). 

A Rule you created for a class or student will apply only to that class or student, and only while the class is in session. See Adding, Editing and Removing Classwize Rules for more information on adding and managing Rules for your classes. 

Why can’t I add Allowed rules?

If you can only add Blocked Rules in Classwize, your school may have enabled “Block Rules Only” Mode. This feature disables Allowed rules in Classwize and only lets you create Blocked rules. If you still need to create Allowed rules for your Classwize classes or students, contact your school’s IT support.

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