Update: it seems that despite the fact the ConnectEdu has declared bankruptcy last week, they may trying to forge on. I will ask about the contract that SPS has with this organization and the SPS student data they have.
End of update.
The district recognized some Nutrition Services staff as part of School Lunch Super Hero Day. This week is School Nutrition Week so thank a kitchen staff member for watching out for students at your school.
It is also PTA Teacher Appreciation week so please do thank your child's teacher for their hard work. May 6th is National Teacher Day.
It is also Choose Privacy Week as observed by the American Library Association. It's a time for discussion about "privacy rights in the digital age." Something for everyone to think about considering the district has is using ConnectEdu and havd kids sign up WITHOUT previously explaining to parents what it is and what student information is being put into the online sign-up form.
The district calls the sign-up "a district mandate."
I would like to see where a child has to enrolled in this program or face consequences. I doubt it.
Apparently your child is asked for race (which I believe is not technically legal under FERPA) as well as other items. It asks for the student to okay to sharing info with businesses which seems wrong to me.
To note, children who are 13 (the age of most children entering eighth grade) are one year past the age where the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA) prevents them from entering their full name, email, phone number, etc. about themselves online.
Also, from Ed Week:
There can be "metadata" collected on students via digital devices and online learning programs, which can include keystroke information, the time and place at which a device or program is being used, the type of device on which the service is being accessed, and more.
Under some circumstances, such metadata are not protected under FERPA and may thus eligible to be used for data-mining and other non-educational purposes.
One parent asked about deleting the account and the district had to really jump thru some hoops to figure out how to do it. You might ask your child if he/she signed up for this program. The district sent home, after the fact, a family flyer on this program.
Of course, they are Gates-backed to the tune of $500K and that was "to develop an online teaching and learning platform to improve students' literacy skills in the Common Core standards). And I see they just filed for bankruptcy protection last Friday. They terminated all but 10 of their 65 employees on Friday.
So maybe this particular program will go away but be vigilant in making sure your child does NOT input information into any school computer beyond their name and grade without your knowledge.
The district is still soliciting members for its School Family Partnerships Task Force. The deadline is May 12nd.
Seattle Schools was named one of the top ten school districts for school lunches by The Daily Meal.
They used a great photo of a school interior by Joe Wolf but I don't recognize the school.
The district is also doing sign-ups for Kindergarten Jump Start which is a week of activities from August 18-22 to get kindergarteners and their families ready for the big day.
The district is still looking for Special Ed parents to take a survey on the Comprehensive Corrective Action Plan (CCAP). The deadline is May 13th.
As well on May 13th, there is an informational meeting on the Wilson-Pacific BEX project at 6:30 pm. More on this to come but this continues to look like one of the worst capital building mistakes in SPS history.