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, 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.
Main School Platform Tools
SHS utilizes the SHS Blackbaud K-12 suite of tools for Course Management and Learning Management. In addition, the school uses the following.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
Students from grades 1 through 12 have Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. Grades 1-5 do not have access to email from outside the school domain. These students are able to share documents internally only. Grades 6-12 have access to email and sharing in and out of the institution. Some grades use Google Classroom. Google Messaging and Hangouts are used in some grades and in some circumstances.
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.
Distance Learning Tools
Circumstances may arise in which Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton will use video conferencing services, such as Zoom.us, in addition to our Learning Management system, GSuite, Schoology, and other web-based tools. Children's Educational Privacy StatementClassroom Software
(Prep) - World Language software includes FlippedSpanish. Terms of Service Polic
Big History Project
- Students create accounts using their first name, a teacher designated last name and school email. Policy Privacy
Handwriting without tears
Labster (Prep) -
Method Test Prep
New York Times
(Prep) Students are able to access the New York Times from home. Terms and Conditions
Used in Center for Student Success 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.