WPS Instructional Software Tools Procedure:
Once the form has been submitted the approval process begins and you will be contacted via email. Due to the need for legal review of the Student Data Privacy contract, the process may take significantly longer than previous software requests. The Technology Department will do its best to reduce the lag time between submitting the form and having students access the requested tool.
Software will be approved once the following criteria have been met:
If a site is declined for student data privacy reasons, and a sufficient curricular alternative cannot be found, the District may draft a legal parent release form that every parent must sign before the tool can be used with students. (see example).
1) Submit a request to your school’s Technology Specialist if, after careful research, you have found that the declined tool is the only one that will meet your curricular needs.
2) Once a parent release form has been drafted, your school’s Technology Specialist will provide the link. If the letter has already been drafted the MSPA site will list the Agreement Type as “Legal Drafted Guardian Release.” Your building’s Tech Specialist has a copy.
4) Send home a paper copy for parents to sign and return to school.
5) Collect the signed forms. Once you have 100% compliance, scan the forms with a class list as a PDF file and email it to Leisha Simon.
Note: The sample letter home to parents will include a link to a Google form for parents who decide to opt out of signing the release form. Teachers must have a plan to provide a similar educational experience to all students in the classroom.
We appreciate your cooperation with this new process. Please don’t hesitate to contact your building’s Technology Specialist or Bethann Monahan, K-12 Dept. Head for Instructional Technology, with any questions.