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Windham Central has made a significant investment in technology and teacher training in integrating technology into daily activities. In the Spring of 2010, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Windham Central seized the opportunity to purchase and install permanently mounted presentation equipment in EVERY classroom in the Supervisory Union. This includes a ceiling-mounted projector, screen, and speakers. Some communities matched with local equipment funds and "upgraded" the plan adding interactive whiteboards, document cameras, etc... This infusion of technology has allowed teachers to access contemporary content and present it to their classes in a convenient and efficient manner.

Since then many teachers have launched into 21st Century learning using tools and techniques necessary to stay current with educational content and delivery techniques.

We now have a 1:1 Chromebook initiative that is complete at Leland and Gray. 

Student Data Privacy

Letter to Parents and Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

All of us at Windham Central Supervisory Union (WCSU)  are excited about the growing use of software, management platforms and apps that our teachers are using to support student learning. Technology tools and apps are making it possible for educators and students to collaborate, create, and share ideas more easily than ever, especially in our current environment. We believe in technology as a positive and enabling force for student engagement and student outcomes, and we encourage the creative use of technology to support student learning. WCSU also takes seriously the responsibility to both support the effective use of student information and safeguard student privacy and information security.

The purpose of this letter is to assure you that Windham Central Supervisory Union is taking all the necessary precautions to protect the privacy of our students.  WCSU only contracts with vendors who comply with student privacy and student data laws including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).  We are a member of the  Vermont Student Privacy Alliance (VSPA) which has negotiated terms of service with vendors to ensure, among other things, the appropriate protections for privacy of our students’ data.  We have also created a depository of centrally supported and approved tools that have signed VSPA contracts, established a vetting process for new resources, and provided guidelines for teachers to protect student privacy. Additionally, all WCSU employees and volunteers complete an annual mandatory policies training that includes information about student privacy protections, confidentiality and best practices. 

We are providing the following resources to better understand student data privacy and the laws and practices WCSU adheres to in order to protect student data and privacy.

Student Data Privacy Resources for Parents

Applicable Federal and State Laws that Impact Technology Use and Student Privacy

If you have any questions about student data privacy or the above guidelines, please reach out to your student’s building administrator.


William Anton

Superintendent of Schools

Vetting Digital Tools for Student Use

We realize that the educational software market is evolving rapidly. We also recognize that teachers want to creatively use additional technology tools in support of student engagement and student outcomes, and we support these efforts.  Although there are many great technology tools out there for teachers and students, there are also many tools with limited functionality, monetizing or social media “hooks” or Privacy issues that should not be used with students. 

All teachers should be aware of Protecting Student Data Privacy Guidelines for Teachers and no tool should be used with students before being vetted properly for Privacy and the considerations below. Be aware that showing your own use of a tool may constitute an “endorsement” and could encourage older students to explore themselves even if you are not specifically recommending it. Please contact your building administrator if you have a new tool you are interested in using.  All software and apps must be approved by the building administrator before use with students.

Consider the following when investigating new digital tools:

Protecting Student Data Privacy Guidelines for Teachers

For more resources and information on how to protect student privacy:

Wide Open School by Common Sense Media

Vermont Agency of Education Student Data Privacy & Safety Guidelines for Teachers

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)


Protecting Student Data Privacy FAQ

To set standards of both practice and expectations around student privacy such that all parties involved have a common understanding of expectations. It is about compliance with the law and the ethical standpoint of being good stewards of student privacy. 

Our students’ personally identifiable information (PII)

Many services will take student data and trade it, sell it, or create advertising profiles. Not only do we not want that, but we are also legally obligated to prevent that.

The primary goal of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. COPPA was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. 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.

CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. 

PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment) is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways:


For more information on privacy laws:

Office of Educational Technology: Privacy

To see how Vemont and WCSU are working with vendors to protect data privacy:

Vermont Student Privacy Alliance

Resources for parents and teachers:

Common Sense Media

Requesting Apps, Websites, and Accounts


Student and faculty safety and privacy is a top priority at Windham Central Supervisory Union. We have established procedures based on best practices for approving and managing apps, web-based resources, and platforms that we use in our schools.

What you should do before requesting review of an app or website?

● See if an app is already in use that does what you need.

● We will update the elementary and middle/high school resources to support learning out of school documents.

● Check the student and teacher dashboard pages on the website to see what is already in use.

When do you need to ask for a review?

● In general, if there is no login required and little to no personally identifiable information with the site or app then no review is needed. You should still read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before using the site.

● If only a teacher login is required

○ And students will NOT be using the site - no review is needed, for example, a teacher resource or curriculum library site

○ And students will be using the site (even without a login) - ask for a review

● If a student login is required - ask for a review

How to ask for review

● Send an email to tech support (

● Please include

○ The name of the app

○ Link to the website

○ Who will be using it (Teacher only? Teachers and Students?)

○ Does it require accounts

○ Is this a purchased app or free

○ Who the administrators of the app will be, if not the data manager

○ Any known special education needs

How we prioritize requests

● Requests that have come from multiple teachers will be given priority. For example a request from a team or department.

● Platforms and apps that have been approved by other Vermont school districts for the Student Data Privacy Resource Registry may have an accelerated approval process.

● Platforms and apps that require funding will need to also go through the financial procurement process in addition to the technology department approval.

Who makes accounts

● IT will make all student accounts.

● Teachers can make their own account if they are the only one interacting with the platform.

● It is best practice to always have more than one admin account so please include one other person as an administrator (data manager is the best option) or share your administrator credentials with one other person.

How will I know if my request has been approved?

● We will make updates to the tech ticket.

● We will email the teacher(s) who made the request.

● We will update the list of available apps.

● We will update the elementary and middle/high school resources to support learning out of school documents.

● For iPads, the app will be pushed to the appropriate classes or grades.

● The app will be added to Clever.

What if I have been using an app for a while that did not go through the approval process?

● This happens sometimes. Please reach out to tech support and we can work with you to find a solution to support teachers, students, and learning.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

From the ISTE Website:

Education technology standards to transform learning and teaching

The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy.

Empowering connected learners in a connected world

As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.