Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998 with amendments in 2012. The primary purpose of COPPA is to place parents in control over the information gathered about their children by websites/apps. The Rule applies to commercial websites/apps 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. Additional information regarding COPPA can be found by visiting http://business.ftc.gov/documents/0493-Complying-with-COPPA-Frequently-Asked-Questions#General Questions
As part of our progressive mission, we continue to investigate and pilot new digital tools. The use of web-based software programs and apps has become an integral part of our curriculum in all three divisions at Sacred Heart Schools.
U.S. law permits schools such as Sacred Heart Schools to provide consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for parents to provide direct consent to each digital service the school utilizes.
During enrollment/re-enrollment, parents acknowledge their consent for Sacred Heart Schools to provide personal identifying information for their child such as first name, last name, email address, and username and other details as required by the website and/or software/app owners or operators noted below and to the owners or operators of any additional web-based educational programs and services Sacred Heart Schools may add during the upcoming academic year. Parents further release the school from any claims and liabilities that may arise out of or in connection with the use of the technology and/or software as described below.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
Students from grade 1 through 12 have Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. Grades 1-4 do not have access to email from outside the school domain. These students are able to share documents internally only. Grades 5-12 have access to email and sharing in and out of the institution. Students in all grades are blocked from using messaging within GAFE. Students at the Prep may use Google Hangouts for some classes.
Student GAFE account passwords are changed at various grades, becoming increasingly complex as the child ages. These accounts are created from the student's Active Directory account set up by the school. Student accounts are created with the student's first name, last name, username, and password.
(MS, Prep) Students may make Dropbox accounts using their school email address. This is used for data backup. Students under the age of 13 should set these up with their parents. The school does not set up these accounts for students. https://www.dropbox.com/privacy
- Students create accounts using their first name, a teacher designated last name and school email. Policy Privacy
Big History Project
Used in Academic Support Center at the LMS
Other programs may gather and/or display information on students, but are accessible by parents and administration. These programs and their privacy policies are listed below.
Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP)
(Grades 3-8) & Children’s Progress Academic Assessment