Admin

COPPA

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Dear parents of school-aged children under the age of 13,

For VBCPS to continue providing your child(ren) with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning, our division utilizes several computer software applications and web-based services, operated by third parties.  VBCPS will utilize Google Apps for Education and other web-based resources (i.e., Prezi, Edmodo and Lucid Charts) for students.  As with any educational undertaking, a strong partnership with families is essential to a successful experience. For our students to use these programs and services, certain personal identifying information -- generally the student’s name and email address -- must be provided to the website operator. Under federal law, entitled the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), these websites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. However, the law permits school divisions to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the website operator.  A list of the possible sites to be used in our classrooms, with links to their privacy policies and terms of services, can be seen below.