Dear Parents of school-aged children under the age of 13,
In order for Haverford School District to continue to be able to provide your student with the most effective tools to enhance their learning, teachers and librarians may use educational web-based services and applications. Many of the Terms of Service and/or Privacy Policies of these applications state that, due to Federal Law, any users under the age of 13 must obtain parental permission to use their sites and often require an email address.
Our District utilizes several computer software applications and web-based services, operated not by Haverford School District, but by third parties. In addition to Google Workspace for Education, some of the applications used are Study Island, Clever, Canvas, and other similar educational programs. A list of some of our most commonly used sites 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 web site operator. Your student has received a Google account to participate in the Google Apps for Education program used by Haverford School District. 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 https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions
The law permits schools like Haverford School District 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 web site operator.