Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
The Wentzville School District utilizes a variety of software applications and web-based tools operated by third party vendors to support student learning. These instructional supports are vetted through the Technology and Curriculum Departments to ensure compatibility with the goals of the WSD. The use of these tools by students is governed by the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998 and amended in 2012 with the amendments effective as of July 2013.
The intent of COPPA is to safeguard students’ personal information when students are accessing online services including apps and websites directed primarily to audiences under age 13. This legislation applies to a general audience site that acknowledges it is collecting personal information from users under 13.
To allow student access to the application, site, or tool certain identifiable information-generally, the student’s name and Google Apps account (email@example.com) are required by the operator. COPPA grants schools the authority to act as the parent’s agent consenting to the use of student information for educational purposes only. The Wentzville School District utilizes a variety of tools to verify privacy policies including Educational Frameworks, CommonSense Media Privacy Program, and Student Privacy Pledge.
The Wentzville School District presently supports teaching and learning by accessing applications, websites, and online services operated by third parties.