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.
The Classlink Public Portal includes lists of digital resources reviewed by Jefferson County Schools for alignment with Tennessee Academic Standards and COPPA compliance. The Classlink Public Portal is organized into several file folders. Students and staff are likely to have individual third-party accounts, created by the Jefferson County Schools Technology Department in accordance with COPPA Consent provided in Registration Gateway, for resources listed in the JCS Provided Resources Folder.
Resources in the JCS Provided Resources Folder are likely to be used in classrooms and are available through each child's Classlink Launchpad using their JCBOE Credentials. Please contact your child's teacher if your child does not know his or her username and password.
Additional folders in the Classlink Public Portal include resources that have been reviewed for use in classrooms. Folder names indicate Privacy Evaluation Rating for the resources listed in the folders.
Individual teachers and schools may choose to use resources other than those included in the JCS Provided Resources folder at their discretion. Assurance of COPPA and FERPA compliance and collection of parental consent to create student accounts for tools that are not provided by or not yet evaluated by the Jefferson County Schools District are the responsibility of the school or teacher.
Additional resources may be recommended for review. JCS Educators may use the following links to see if a resource is pending review.
If the resource is not pending review, use the following form link to add it to the review list. Read the introductory description on the form carefully before getting started with the request.