District Approved Software, Mobile Devices and Student Privacy
Pottsgrove School District uses many valuable online tools to further curricular goals and meet necessary data management and reporting functions. Some of these online tools are used by teachers in the delivery of instruction and require student account creation and storage of student work to perform their intended functions. Other agencies and companies provide certain administrative and technical services and support that either requires data be stored on their servers or access to our systems is granted to facilitate performance of certain defined functions. The District protects student privacy in compliance with applicable federal laws and school board policies. Federal privacy laws do allow sharing of what may constitute an educational record in limited circumstances. For more information about student privacy protections, see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
Any software service provider and contractor with whom the District contracts agrees to protect student privacy using all commercially reasonable means and complies with all federal laws prohibiting use of student information for commercial marketing purposes. However, there are many online tools, collectively referred to as Web 2.0 or interactive web tools, that teachers may choose to use in their classrooms to reinforce or extend the course curriculum. Many popular providers of instructional content and assessment materials online have already pledged to be compliant with federal student privacy and freedom from commercial marketing protections. A list of these providers can be found at https://studentprivacypledge.org/signatories/. Teachers may select from these providers.
Should individually identifiable student accounts need to be created to allow a Web 2.0 tool to function as intended, an explanation of the type of information required and the purpose of the tool must be sent home and parental permission granted for all students under the age of 13. In the event information contained in a student account constitutes an educational record, parent approval is required for students regardless of age, unless the District has a contractual relationship with the provider for essential curricular or operational support. A student record may include family information, courses taken and grades, special program participation information, assessment scores, extracurricular activities, work samples, and other information that is or could be used by the education system to make instructional and service related decisions to promote student success.
The DiLE program is governed by locally-established policies and regulations designed to balance student privacy expectations with the District's ability to reasonably maintain technology equipment and infrastructure, as well as enforce the District Code of Conduct. The following policies define this balance:
237.1 District Provided Technology Resources: Student Use,Rights and Responsibilities
815.1 Acceptable Use of the Computers, Network, Internet, Electronic Communications, and Information Policy
893 Remote Access, Monitoring and Tracking of District-Issued Mobile Device