Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

  • Dear Parents of school-aged children under the age of 13,
     
    In order for schools within Yelm Community Schools to be able to provide your student with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning, they need to abide by federal regulations that require parental signature as outlined below.
     
    Our district utilizes several computer software applications and web-based services, operated not by this school, but by third parties.  A complete list of the programs with the privacy policy can be found below.
     
    In order 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. For more information on COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm.
     
    The law permits schools such as ours to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the website operator.
     
    Our district's Student Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement (AUP), once signed by a parent and on file with the school, constitutes consent for our schools to provide personal identifying information for your child, consisting of first name, last name, an email address and user name, to the operators of any current and additional web-based educational programs and services which our school may add during the upcoming academic year.