The Jefferson County Schools District (JCS) is committed to ensuring all students have access to high quality, innovative instructional materials and resources in both print and digital formats. While providing students with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning, JCS adheres to several federal regulations. These regulations, called Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), protect student privacy and educational records.
The Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) requires that online resources available to children under the age of 13 to adhere to appropriate rules when collecting personal information. These requirements and frequently asked questions can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website
The Jefferson County Schools District (JCS) is committed to ensuring all students have access to high quality, innovative instructional materials and resources in both print and digital formats. Several of web-based sites and applications are operated by third party services. These tools and applications may include, but are not limited to Microsoft Office 365, Canvas, MobyMax, Edulastic, Aspen, BrainPOP, Khan Academy, IXL, Discovery Education, and Major Clarity. In order to create accounts for our students, we must comply with federal regulations requiring parental consent as outlined below.
For our students to use third party programs and services, basic student information must be provided to the third parties. Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), these web-based tools and applications must notify parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting this information from children under 13 years of age. In addition, under this law, schools are permitted to consent to the collection of this information on behalf of its students. This eliminates the need for individual parental consent given directly to each website or app provider. For additional information regarding COPPA, please visit: www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
The COPPA Compliance Consent in Registration Gateway serves as verifiable parental consent for our schools to provide personal identifying information for your child that may consist of first name, last name, username, birthdate, and, if applicable, email address in order to create accounts on third party websites and applications. Questions about which third-party appls or websites will be used during the current school year, please contact your student's teacher(s).
How will this affect my child?
With your permission, educational accounts can be created for your child on district-recommended educational websites and applications. The applications and websites vary in content but include learning and practicing skills such as phonics, reading, writing, communication, math, typing, and more.
A list of recommended resources that are available to students through the Classlink digital resource portal and are likely to be utilized in classrooms are available through the link below using your child's JCBOE User Credentials. Please contact your child's teacher if your child does not know his or her username and password.
Before including digital resources on the Classlink student portal, resources are reviewed for compliance to privacy requirements. This list is updated throughout the year as resources are determined to be aligned with Tennessee Academic Standards and COPPA compliance. Individual teachers and schools may choose to use additional digital tools and resources at their discretion. Assurance of COPPA and FERPA compliance and collection of parental consent to create student accounts for tools that are not recommended by or not yet evaluated by the Jefferson County Schools District are the responsibility of the school or teacher