Schools are engaging with students and families via virtual communication tools during the government-ordered closure.
A review of privacy measures is recommended.
In a previous article, we provided guidance to schools regarding videoconferencing questions for online education. While clearly, the use of virtual classroom technologies does not present a de facto FERPA concern, schools must select and use each platform wisely.
Staff and students should be reminded that recording any live school-related communication is prohibited. Further, expectations regarding limits for third party involvement in a group discussion must be clear.
Bottom Line for Schools
In the current environment, schools would do well to ensure that parent email addresses are confirmed to be private and that parent preferences regarding which email address to use are updated and followed.
If you have a question, please contact your legal counsel or one of the education attorneys at KingSpry.
School Law Bullets are a publication of KingSpry’s Education Law Practice Group. This article is meant to be informational and does not constitute legal advice.