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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.

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).  GAFE student accounts may include Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Classroom, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Blogger, YouTube (Education), Maps and Earth.    You can find the GAFE Terms of Service at:  Gmail is available to your student, and your child’s account will remain active for the duration of his/her enrollment in the district.  Students that are graduating are given instructions on how to retrieve information from GAFE accounts prior to deactivation.  Other programs include, Powtoons, Schoology, Socrative, Nearpod, 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 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

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.  The consent form can be found in the Code of Student Conduct.