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.
Parents/Guardians 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. More info can be found on the ABRSD School Committee Policies page IJND - EMPOWERED DIGITAL USE - ACCESS TO DIGITAL RESOURCES
Access to Digital Tools and Student Data Privacy:
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.” To bolster student data privacy in AB, the district has joined the Massachusetts Student Data Privacy Alliance and follows an important set of criteria when adding new digital tools to our educators toolkit. For more information, access IGA-E-2 - DIGITAL TOOLS CRITERIA CHECKLIST