The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District supports and recognizes the need for students to be prepared to contribute to and excel in a connected, global community. Therefore, our learning and teaching community supports the right of students, employees, and community members to have reasonable access to various information formats and believes it is incumbent upon users to utilize this privilege in an appropriate and responsible manner. To that end, the district provides ongoing student instruction that develops skill sets for using technology as a tool.
Secondary School Students:
Parent/Guardians of students in the Junior High and High School are required to check the box on the District’s School Permissions Form on the PowerSchool Parent Portal indicating that they and their child have access to the District’s digital resources and networks, and they will comply with the policies as outlined in their student handbook. These records shall be kept on file as a legal, binding document. In addition, Junior High and High School students are verbally reminded throughout the year that they are responsible for reading and complying with the technology policies and procedures found in the handbooks.
Elementary School Students:
All elementary students must agree to and sign the Empowered Digital Use form prior to the student being granted any access to digital resources and digital networks. The Empowered Digital Use Student Contract form, which specifies guidelines for using digital resources and district networks, must also be signed by the parent or legal guardian.
The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District works to adhere to the federal baseline rules established with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. These regulations were last updated in 2006, prior to the proliferation of cloud-based platforms, increased access to student technology, and the era of “big data.” Nonetheless, all schools that receive funding under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education must comply with the law. The information below is provided as clarification of our policies and procedures with regards to these federal guidelines.
Digital Privacy in our Schools