Grosse Pointe Public School System

389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 . 313.432.3000


Dear Par­ents of school-aged children under the age of 13,

In order for schools within the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System (GPPSS) to con­tinue to be able to pro­vide your stu­dent with the most effec­tive web-based tools and appli­ca­tions for learn­ing, they need to abide by fed­eral reg­u­la­tions that require a parental sig­na­ture as out­lined below.

Our district uti­lizes sev­eral com­puter soft­ware appli­ca­tions and web-based ser­vices, oper­ated not by this school, but by third par­ties.  These include Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Prezi, Animoto, Shelfari, Custom Typing, and sim­i­lar edu­ca­tional pro­grams. A com­plete list of the pro­grams with the pri­vacy pol­icy for each can be found on the application link 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 will receive a Google email account to participate in the Google Apps for Education program used by GPPSS. 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 such as ours 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. This consent was found in the forms filled out for pre-registration. The paper form can be found here if needed.

 
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