important Note to CPSD Parents:
Beginning with the 2021-22 School Year, the following district agreements are now contained within the Conway Public Schools Student Handbook:
- Directory Information- According to the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act and Conway School Board Policy 4.13, "Unless the parent or guardian of a student (or student, if above the age of eighteen ) objects, "directory information" about a student may be made available to the public, military recruiters, post-secondary educational institutions, prospective employers of those students, as well as school publications such as annual yearbooks and graduation announcements.
“Directory information” means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. “Directory information” includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name, address, telephone listing, student’s photograph which may be electronic, date and place of birth, video/audio recordings, grade classification, dates of attendance, height/weight, his/her placement on the honor roll (or the receipt of other types of honors), as well as his/her participation in school clubs and extracurricular activities. If the student participates in inherently public activities (for example, basketball, football, or other interscholastic activities), the publication of such information will be beyond the control of the District. The most common release of Directory information is the school yearbook.
To object to the release of Directory Information for your child, the parent/guardian must sign an objection form for each school year. These forms may be obtained in each school’s front office, and must be signed and submitted within the first 10 days of each school year.
- Educational Technology Use- Conway Public Schools is committed to providing our students with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning. We use G Suite for Education and manage an education account for your child. G Suite for Education tools from Google include Gmail, (This is your child’s “conwayschools.info” account) Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive, and Classroom. Students use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with their teachers, sign into their Chromebooks, and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills.
In order for our students to use online programs and services, certain information-- generally the student’s name and school email address--may be provided to the web based application. This information will be used solely for the benefit of students and the school system, not for commercial purposes. It is important to note that students cannot receive email from unapproved outside sources. Federal law protects children’s information and activity while online. This federal law is known as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and restricts how web based applications collect and use data for children under the age of 13.
The district screens web based applications for COPPA compliance. For a complete list of educational tools used by each school, please go to our website. As with any educational undertaking, a strong partnership with families is essential for our success.
To object to your child using educational technology at school this year, the parent/guardian must sign an objection form for each school year. These forms may be obtained in each school’s front office, and must be signed and submitted within the first 10 days of each school year.