Dear Parents of school-aged children under the age of 13,
In order for schools within the Okeechobee County School District 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.
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 OCSD. 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-questionsThe 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. The consent form can be found in the Code of Student Conduct.