Central Dauphin School District

600 Rutherford Road Harrisburg PA, 17109 • 717.545.4703

Quality to the Core

What is Safe-Connect and why is it being used?

Safe-Connect is a network access control technology the District is using so it can provide wireless network services that comply with Central Dauphin School District Policy which states:

“The use of personal computing devices on the district network is permitted only on specially designated networks. When a student, parent/guardian, employee, or guest connects a personal computing device (including but not limited to laptops, netbooks, slates, flash drives, and cell phones) to the district network they are agreeing to the requirements contained in this policy (and other technology policies and procedures posted on the district website) and should consider his/her personal device subject to the same levels of monitoring and access as any district owned device.

In order to connect a device to the district network it will require the user to accept the terms of the district agreement as well as install software on the device to ensure the device is compliant with district policies.”

Safe-Connect will allow the users to comply with this policy by requiring users to authenticate with a username and password before allowing them network access. When you authenticate, the system records which network address you were assigned and how long you used it. That combination of data allows the district to associate questionable network behavior with a specific user account and the person to whom that account was issued. Your username and password are your keys to the network, don't share them with anyone. You are responsible for all acts performed using your account. If you are concerned that someone may be able to use your account change your password immediately.

What do I need to do?

First and foremost, you must know your District username and password. Your password should be kept secret. Do not ever write it down or share it with anyone. Secondly, only if your device is running a Microsoft Windows operating system you will also need to:

  • know if your computer has a personal firewall turned on and add PolicyKey.exe to the exception list
  • turn on the Microsoft Windows automatic update service,
  • have an updated anti-virus application,
  • have the Safe-Connect client application installed and running.

How do I turn on Microsoft Windows Automatic Update?

  1. Open the Security Center control panel (Start --> Control Panels --> Security Center)
  2. Click “Automatic Updates”
  3. Ensure "Automatic" is selected
  4. Click the OK button to save the settings
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