APS and Escuela Key takes its responsibility to safeguard students’ personal information very seriously. Best practices require that educators use data to improve student achievement in school. At the same time, we recognize that we have a responsibility to maintain the privacy and security of all student data, especially when the data are personally identifiable. Therefore, APS only collects, stores, shares, and uses data that will support student learning and APS operations. In instances where student information needs to be accessed, those individuals who are given access are required to handle the data in a legal, responsible, and ethical manner. APS strictly adheres to the federal, state, and local laws to safeguard the personal information of every student, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Any APS contracted providers who need access to student data also must agree to comply with FERPA and COPPA standards before access is provided.
For more information, FERPA and COPPA regulations can be found in their entirety here:
The digital citizenship curriculum helps students to make good decisions when they are online both at school and at home. APS also filters online content at school that is deemed inappropriate for the school environment. Devices are configured to filter internet content even when being used on a network outside APS. The categories of blocked internet sites are based on input from school, library, and central office staff and in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Code of Virginia. Network Infrastructure Services, in the Department of Information Services, manages the filtering software.
APS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)
Every student at Escuela Key in grades K-5 must sign the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the start of each school year. At the elementary level, teachers have a summary of the agreements on a poster for all students in the class to sign following a discussion of its content. The poster should remain on the classroom wall for the entire year for easy reference. At the middle and high school levels, students are asked to electronically sign the AUP after completing the Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship curriculum. All teachers are responsible for ensuring that their students have signed the AUP. Basic expectations for behavior outlined in the AUP are re-emphasized here:
• Be Kind. We expect students to conduct themselves online with the same level of sensitivity, etiquette, and respect as is expected in person. Students should ask permission before posting photos or videos of fellow students. All incidents of cyberbullying, harassment, racist or sexist language, or other inappropriate use will not be tolerated and will be handled in accordance with APS Policy 25-1.3 Discipline.
• Be Aware. Always assume the information you send or post may be viewed by people for whom it was not intended; do not assume your message will be private. If any messages, photos, or videos are posted without your permission, ask a teacher or administrator for help.
• Be Safe. Do not provide any personal or confidential information, such as your address, phone number or age, to others over the internet. Never agree to meet a person who you “met” online. Notify your parent/guardian and teacher if a stranger attempts to meet or contact you.
• Be Ethical. Refuse to engage in any activity on a computer or mobile device that violates school rules or local, state or federal laws. This includes plagiarism, violation of copyright laws, illegal downloads of software, music or movies, unauthorized scanning of images or documents, etc. In addition, should you become aware of any violation of this policy, it is your responsibility to report it to an administrator.
For questions regarding any of these policies as relates to Escuela Key, please contact:
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Key School