I agree...great idea, Joanne.  I'm tired of struggling with these issues alone.  Of course, local control will rear its (ugly?) head, but it sure would be nice to have some clarity on the legalities.

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Lauren Kelley Parren
ANESU Educational Technology Coordinator
Mt. Abraham Portfolio Coordinator
802-453-2333 x 1119



School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 5:04 PM -0500 wrote:
I think this is a great idea, Joanne!  Peter, any thoughts or comments
on this?  Or anyone from VITA learn have any ideas on how something like
this could be started or accomplished?

Steven Walker
Information Technology Director
South Burlington School District
550 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
802-652-7297


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Subject: Re: Student Email ... again?

Having just spent hours working on a committee to write guidelines for
what can or cannot be posted on the school website for one of our two
middle schools, I'm wondering why we haven't had this discussion at the
state level.  If we all chipped in together to hire a lawyer to draft
the guidelines (AUPs, Web Permissions, etc.), for all the schools in
Vermont, how much would it cost each school?  Is this something that
could be done with stimulus funds? Seems to me that we are all
recreating the wheel again ... and again ... and again.   




Joanne Finnegan
Technology Integration Specialist
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
(voice) (802) 858-1728
(fax) (802) 899-1059



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to anyone.>>> Ed Barry <[log in to unmask]> 12/9/2009 1:53 PM >>>
I believe this issue has been discussed earlier on this List but I
thought
I would bring it back as it is presently on my radar.

Student email...

The question... If you create an email account for students (like
creating
a Gmail account for them) or, you ask students to use their existing
email
account to sign up for a web 2.0 site to use for a class project or
assignment, what liability does the school/district take on if something
inappropriate or illegal occurs through said email account?


Have you addressed this issue  in your IT Policies and Procedures?  If
so,
how in-depth does it go and do you feel it really covers the district's
liability?
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How are you all handling this issue?

Does written parental permission to allow them to have an email account
to
use for school preojects cover the liability issues?  

Additionally, can there be a generic permission for them to use their
email accounts for educational projects... for all occurances... or do
you
have to get permission for each invividual instance when a student is
asked to use  their email to create an account on a site?


Thanks for your ideas and comments.

Ed



Ed Barry
Director of Information Technology Services
Milton Town School District
42 Herrick Avenue
Milton, VT  05468
(802)893-3210  FAX 893-3227


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