Montgomery Area School District is committed to providing students with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law, requires parental notification for students under the age of 13 and consent for that student’s use of district approved online resources for instructional purposes. This law permits schools to act as the parent’s agent and can consent to the collection of student information on the parent’s behalf with parent permission.
A complete list of these web-based tools and applications can be found below. Montgomery Area School District creates student accounts for several contracted web-based services including but not limited to Schoology, Google GSuite, Accelerated Reader, Study Island, Wonders Reading, and Everyday Math. In order for our students to use these programs and services, certain personal identifying information, such as the student’s name, student ID number, and email address, must be provided to the web site operator. By contract, these vendors as a majority have agreed to protect student privacy and adhere to COPPA regulations. Any additional web-based educational programs and services which our schools may acquire will be added to the list as needed. (For more information on COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm.)
Any student user accounts created by Montgomery Area School District staff or by students themselves, for the purpose of completing course curriculum, are subject at to the guidelines defined by the Acceptable Use Policy (district policy 815) at all times. At a minimum, all students will be assigned a network login, Google Apps for Education account (including but not limited to Gmail), Schoology account, and Office365 account. All K-12 student email will be filtered for and archived. Students in grades K-8 will only be able to send/receive email to/from MASD teachers and other MASD students.