Dear Students, Parent or Guardian:

Harmony Science Academy Houston has provided district-managed Chromebooks over the past year to support the need for students to participate in remote learning as part of our continued response to COVID-19. We know that many families have also utilized personally-owned devices to continue learning for their children. Our goal, regardless of the device a student is using, has been to ensure a safe environment for students to participate in learning remotely. To this end, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with GoGuardian to continue to meet this goal.

It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?

We have chosen GoGuardian Teacher services to:

  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  • Helping assess students’ progress towards class assignments
  • Facilitating communication between teachers and students during class time

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed Google Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e., when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).

What are the school’s responsibilities?

Harmony Science Academy Houston selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. [We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety.  Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.]

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of Harmony Science Academy Houston’s Internet, Computer and Equipment Usage Policy, Bullying Prohibition Policy, student handbook, and the District Technology Agreement.

When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her.  We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.  GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws.  For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s websiteTrust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.

We are here to answer any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

HSA Houston Admin Team

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