Access to District* electronic resources, including the Internet, will be available to students and staff according to the District’s “Acceptable Use Policy (G11).” A copy of the policy can be attained from the school office.
As part of your child’s academic program, he or she may be issued an account for an online collaborative tool such as “Google Apps for Education,” much like being issued a text book or other school supply. Each school in Windham Central uses Google Apps and other on-line collaborative tools to varying degrees that may include, but are not limited to, eMail, calendaring, video chat/conferencing, instant messaging, document sharing/collaboration, and social media. Using these tools your child may communicate and collaborate on school-related projects with teachers and other students, organize and store their school work electronically, and maintain a student portfolio of work to be carried on through their career with Windham Central Supervisory Union in accordance with the school Acceptable Use Policy and the Windham Central technology plan. Additionally, students may have access to school technology resources in and out of school. While their web content is “filtered1” when at school, we need your help to be sure students practice good “digital citizenship” when away from school.
Windham Central schools may promote great student work through press releases and using school web sites. FERPA2 (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act- originally signed in 1974) is, in our opinion, somewhat liberal with the definition of “Directory” information:
“Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.”
Windham Central Supervisory Union takes a slightly more conservative approach. Our schools may publish student names, honors, awards, videos, or photos in press releases and on school web sites as per the above definition. That said, even though FERPA allows it, Windham Central schools will NOT publish address, telephone numbers, date or place of birth, or dates of attendance. Parents, guardians, or “eligible students3” may “opt-out” of the Windham Central publishing practice at any time by signing and returning the “opt-out” form to the school office. These forms are available at the school office.
Opt-out of Publication Procedures form
* District = any individual school or the Supervisory Union
1. “filtered” refers to requirements outlined by CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act-December 2000), available at: http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step06/cipa.aspx
2. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act-1974) www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa
3. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students for whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa
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