Privacy of students, families, staff is a key priority and a responsibility we take seriously
For the 2020-21 school year, the Ministry of Education has directed all school boards to provide families with the option to learn remotely through a virtual learning environment. Throughout the instructional day, students have opportunities to engage with their educator through live, synchronous interactions as well as non-synchronous activities.
As we explore this new, virtual way of teaching and learning, the privacy of students, families and staff is a key priority and a responsibility we take very seriously. As part of this commitment, we want to make sure you are aware of the following:
- In accordance with the Peel District School Board's obligations under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we are providing notice that some personal information belonging to your child may be collected, retained and disclosed as a result of remote learning.
- The nature of instructional delivery in class or in a remote setting may result in students' images, voices, or other personal information being inadvertently collected, retained, or disclosed more widely. For example, students in class may see or hear family members of another student online whose device camera is turned on and if they are within camera range. Similarly, family members who have access to their child's device may be able to view other students in class and/or online.
- Teachers may record online sessions for instructional and assessment purposes only. These recordings will not be stored in Ontario Student Records, and will not be accessible to third parties without the board asking for your consent first.
- For a better learning experience, online students will have their device cameras on, unless directed otherwise by their teachers, or for health or safety reasons. Please discuss with your teacher or principal if you have a concern about your child's device camera turned on during online sessions.
- If an approved guest is invited in person or live streamed into the online learning session, your teacher will let you know. If you are hiring a third party to support your child in online class such as a tutor or support worker, please ensure that you have obtained approval from your teacher and principal in advance.
- Please note that inappropriate recordings or screenshots of any online/chat session, or parts thereof, are contrary to Peel DSB policies and may violate another person's right to privacy or be contrary to copyright laws. Our policies on Digital Citizenship and Safe Schools, along with the Code of Conduct for your child's school, are available on the Peel board's website, will apply to remote learning. Remote learning is a partnership, so we request that parents/guardians respect the privacy of all students, and any personal information you incidentally learn must be kept confidential.A tip sheet on protecting privacy remote learning is attached.
Interim Director of Education