Windemere Ranch Middle School

Technology Use Notification

Dear Par­ent/Guardian,

As part of our commitment to ensuring that parents are aware of the technology we are using in our schools, I would like to share with you a list of the web-based programs used by both our school and District, including links to more information about these systems. Please know that over the past school year we have been reviewing the privacy policies of all of the programs that we use to ensure compliance with the Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws, and that we are doing everything we can to protect our student information.

SRVUSD takes security very seriously and has therefore taken every precaution to secure our student and parent information. In order to secure your personally identifiable information we utilize several security and privacy measures to prevent loss, theft, or misuse of any student or parent data. Please see our district web site for information about systems in use district-wide (www.srvusd.net/techforparents).

In addition to the district programs, our school has adopted the use of the following:

  • NewsELA
  • NoRedInk
  • Ed1Stop/Learn360
  • Flocabulary
  • Zingy Learning
  • Spelling City (6th grade only)
  • Membean (8th grade only)

 

 

In some cases, teachers may use other apps or web-based teaching tools. Staff are asked to read the privacy policies prior to using them. In addition, beginning this year, teachers will be informing parents when they are using something that is not on one of the lists above.

In some cases, parents will be asked to sign a permission form before the student uses the technology. This will take place when the program requests cer­tain personally identifiable infor­ma­tion, gen­er­ally the student’s name, must be pro­vided to the web site or application oper­a­tor.  Under state and fed­eral law, some web­sites and apps must pro­vide parental noti­fi­ca­tion and obtain parental con­sent before col­lect­ing per­sonal infor­ma­tion from chil­dren under the age of 13.  The district will not knowingly use, with or without your consent, any program or service if the program or service sells or shares personally identifiable information beyond what is necessary to operate the program or service, in the case of a merger or acquisition, or as required by law.

You can learn more about online privacy by visiting San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s Digital Citizenship webpage (http://www.digitalsrvusd.net/).

Sincerely,

David Bolin

Principal