Video Conferencing Notification

  • During this difficult time, the Kutztown Area School District is committed to making a good faith effort to provide continuity of education, planned instruction, and appropriate and reasonable services for students while our school districts are closed due to COVID-19. One method of doing so is providing instruction and related services, to the extent it is appropriate, through video conferencing and other virtual/online platforms. KASD has made reasonable efforts to ensure that such conferencing is confidential, and access is limited to students in the assigned groups. However, some of these services will be provided in a group format and when this occurs students will be able to see other students in the group. In addition, KASD is unable to control who else may be in the room in which a student is receiving these services remotely, including other family members or others who are living with the other students, who may observe the session and what other students are in the group. KASD expects that all families ensure the confidentiality rights of all students are protected during in group communications, and/or video conferencing by:

    • ensuring that no one other than the student scheduled to participate in a virtual attendance service can see or hear the virtual attendance service,
    • not photographing or audio or video recording of virtual instruction and refrain from posting images, video, or audio on personal social media,
    • if parental or other third-party involvement in a virtual attendance service is necessary to enable a student to participate, the individual assisting the student shall not re-disclose any personally identifiable information about any student involved in the virtual attendance activity.

    Many teachers will be using web conferencing tools such as Google Meet and Zoom to meet with their student groups. These tools are free cloud conferencing solutions that can be used for small or large group meetings. These platforms allow for robust audio, video, file, and screen sharing. They also foster interaction with collaborative editing, polling, and breakout rooms. Teachers will record meetings and make them available to students by securely posting them in Google Classroom and Canvas.

    Google Meet and Zoom are COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act) compliant. If you do not want your child to participate in any video conference activities please inform the District through our COVID Support Hotline at (484) 641-5565.