School Manager Filtering Interface Guide

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This guide is for Filtering Administrators and IT support.

Filtering allows administrators to set rules on content access, search, and reports.  Filtering also enables administrators to create bypass codes, so certain users can temporarily access protected content or connect to the internet from within the network. 

Content Filtering 

Content filtering allows school administrators to create new content filtering rules, enable or disable them, or arrange them by order of priority.   

School Manager processes content filtering rules according to their order, so those at the top of the list take precedence over those below. 

  1. Select ADD RULE to create a new content filtering rule. 
  2. Select SIGNATURE/CATEGORY SEARCH to check if access should be blocked or allowed for a site. 
  3. Toggle ENABLE to activate a rule.
  4. Make changes to a rule.
  • Select EDIT to update a rule.
  • Select DELETE to remove a rule.
  • Select MOVE to move a rule up or down the list.

More detailed information about content filtering and managing filtering rules are available in Filtering Using Categories and Signatures.

Safe Search 

Safe Search can be set up to ensure search results in Google, YouTube, or Bing are appropriate for certain groups or users.  In addition, School Manager administrators can also configure Safe Search based on devices or network information, such as MAC address, IP address, or a network range. 

  1. Select ADD RULE to add a new safe search rule. The new rule is not in effect until it is configured.
  2. Make changes to a Safe Search rule.
  • Select EDIT to update a rule.
  • Select DELETE to remove a rule.
  • Select MOVE to move a rule up or down the list.

IT support can find the steps to enable Safe Search on your users' devices in the Enforcing Safe Search article.


If your school uses Google Workspace for Education to manage Safe Search, do not add Google or YouTube Safe Search in School Manager. Google Workspace users can use School Manager for Bing and YouTube Safe Search.

Reports and Alerts

Emailed reports or alerts can be set up for users or groups when certain conditions are met (for example, if a student tries to access a blocked website or searches for information related to self-harm or violence).  

The Reports and Alerts page displays recipients' email addresses, filters, report types, and edit and delete operations for each report.

  1. Select ADD RULE to create a new emailed report
  2. Make changes to the email Reports and Alerts.
  • Select EDIT to configure a new or existing report.
  • Select DELETE to remove a report.

See the School Manager Email Reports and Alerts Guide to see samples of the automated emails with summaries of how the reports are used. Filtering Administrators or IT support can find details on how to set up the periodic or real-time report in Setting Up Filtering Reports and Alerts.

Bypass Codes 

Administrators can create bypass codes to give users temporary access to blocked sites, apps, or search.  

Available codes

The Bypass Codes Available page displays the list of available codes and code's creator, creation and expiry dates, and operations (blank for expired codes). The table can be sorted according to column heading in ascending or descending order.

  1. Enter a keyword in the search bar to filter the list or search for a specific value.
  2. Select ADD CODE to create a new code.
  3. Select Expire Now to cancel or remove a code.

Active codes

The Bypass Codes Active page includes active codes and their users. 

  1. Enter a keyword (for example - code, name, date) in the Search bar to search or filter the list.
  2. Select the relevant column heading to sort the table accordingly, and in ascending or descending order.
  3. Select Expire Now to expire an unexpired bypass code.

Available versus Active Bypass Codes

Available codes are generated in Classwize by a teacher or in School Manager by an administrator and can be reused until the expiration time.

Active codes are displayed when users enter a bypass code on a block page or by going to (http not https).


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