Online Education Services/Data Privacy

Online Educational Services

Waterford Public Schools utilizes many online applications and web-based tools to foster student learning through personalization, collaboration, and exploration. Online or "cloud" based applications and services extend student learning beyond the school day and building and provide accessibility to useful learning tools.

Considerations for approving an online service

We use educational accounts for most of our online services in order to have more control of settings and ease of classroom setup. Prior to recommending a service for classroom use, we review the service's privacy and security policies and inform teachers of best practices for using them responsibly. We do not approve providers who use personally identifiable information outside of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) standards. After July 1, 2018, renewed or new online services that house student information, records and/or student work on their servers must also meet the minimum requirements of the new Connecticut Student Data Privacy Law; Public Act 16-189

These services include Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which is used extensively by our students and teachers in grades 1 through 12 for classroom and homework assignments. In keeping with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and our licensing agreement with GAFE, if you as the parent/guardian of a student under the age of 13 is concerned about this usage and would want to discuss opting out please contact your child's school for more information.

District-approved online educational services and data privacy information

Compiled below are the most widely used online educational services presently recommended for classroom use that require students to log-in with a student account. For some of our online educational services we provide students with generic school log-ins that are not unique to a user and/or their directory information. For complete information on each app's terms of service, please click on the provided links below.

Waterford Public Schools Data Privacy and Digital Resources List

Click here to learn more about the Student Privacy Pledge that most of our partner companies have signed.

 

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