Dear Parents and/or Guardians,
The Gettysburg Area School District seeks to provide students with a set of online information resources and communication tools. In order to meet these goals, students must be issued a GASD computer account. These accounts may be used to access network resources including:
- access to GASD computers, printers, mobile devices such as laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, and other learning support devices
- access to online course materials such as course textbooks, library databases, It’s Learning and Google Apps for Education
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) prohibits providing children access to online accounts with such sites without first obtaining “verifiable parental consent prior to any collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from children” and further defines children as being under 13 years of age. For more information regarding COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule.
In order for your child to obtain access to the online resources listed, as a parent or legal guardian, you must provide permission and consent to the use of your student’s information as stated in the applicable privacy policies and information practices referenced in those policies. The expectation for these sites is that no personal identifiable information will be provided, however if login information is required, only first name, last name, age verification, and the school-issued email address will be used. It is important for you to know that student use of these internet resources is supervised by faculty and staff, and filtered to restrict access to inappropriate content. In addition, student email accounts will only permit students to communicate with other students and teachers in order to submit homework assignments, or ask class related questions. In other words, the school-issued student email account only allows students to email to and from other District-issued email addresses.
If you have any questions or concerns or seek further information on Internet access, please contact your School’s Principal.