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Student Privacy & Acceptable Use

As part of our technology mission to:
  • Ensure that all sensitive or private data is safeguarded by adhering to established best-practices
The Spreckels Union School District utilizes several web-based applications operated by third parties. For these applications to be effective, some personally identifiable information, such as the student's name and District issues email addresses may be provided to the web-site operator. 
The District takes student privacy seriously and is committed to the responsible handling of student data. While we believe in the value of modern web-based applications and their utility in the classroom, we also believe that student privacy should not be compromised.
California has some of the most stringent student privacy legislation in the country. To ensure both legal compliance and the protection of student data, the District is a proud member of the California Student Privacy Alliance (CSPA). The CSPA is a coalition of 195 California school districts that aims to improve best practices surrounding student privacy. A central component of this alliance is the California Student Data Privacy Agreement (CSDPA). Simply put, this agreement is a written commitment by a vendor that student data will be handled appropriately and in accordance with all State and Federal laws. Our practice is to strongly prefer vendors who are willing to sign this agreement. If a vendor will not sign, their product will not be approved for use in our classrooms and an alternative will be found.
A list of such websites and applications along with links to their terms and conditions can be found on the Student Data Privacy Consortium website
GoGuardian Device Management Application

GoGuardian Device Management Application

As stated in our Annual Notification to Parents, to help keep your child safer and more scholarly online, Spreckels Union School District uses services provided by GoGuardian.
It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.
How are we using GoGuardian?
We have chosen GoGuardian Admin and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  • Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments
  • Facilitate communication between teachers and students during class time
  • Alert Administration to potential self-harm or harm to others 

When and how does GoGuardian operate?
GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G-Suite for Education Chrome accounts when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address during school hours.
What are the school’s responsibilities?
Spreckels Union School District selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.
What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?
We ask that students use their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of Spreckels Union School District’s Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement for District’s Technological Resources
When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.
How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?
To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child (i.e. student’s name, school issued email address, Google Profile ID and Google Image URL). GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws. For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s website, Trust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.
Acceptable Use Policy 

Acceptable Use Policy 

The Acceptable Use Policy is a document that all members of the Spreckels Union School District must sign to indicate their willingness to abide by District Policies regarding the use of electronic resoucres and the internet.