Technology Use and Student Privacy

Dear Steele Families,

In an effort to protect our students’ privacy and to keep you informed of the technology programs being used at school, we will be sending home a letter on Monday, December 18, 2017, requesting your consent for your child to use specific websites/programs at school.

On the web page is a list of online tools that our teacher(s) would like to utilize as an online learning tool at school. We wanted to make you aware of federal laws and regulations that apply to the use of technology to support classrooms, and require a parent consent in order to be most effective.

In order for a teacher to use an online tool with student records or other information that could be personally identifiable, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that we obtain your consent to disclose your student’s information to the website’s operator or to other participants for the limited purpose of accessing the online tool.

In order for students to use these programs/services, certain personal information must be provided to the website operator. Under 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

Please look for the letter/consent form on Monday. Check out the sites being used at Steele. Let your classroom teacher know if you have questions.

In order for your child to be able to use the sites listed, you will need to sign and return the consent form by Thursday, December 21, 2017.


Cindy Kapeller