Protecting Students’ Privacy in Secure Digital Meeting Spaces

Posted On Friday April 03, 2020
Student in distant learning
River is in Kindergarten at KSA in Kamloops

School District No. 73 is following the Ministry of Education’s Ministerial Order guidelines to ensure privacy is protected while technologies are being used in distance education during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This week, educators throughout SD73 reached out to students to reconnect them with their learning, and many of are using Zoom to video-conference in order to connect face-to-face.

“We are working hard to ensure safety and privacy for students, and to support our families and one another, using the tools and technologies at our disposal,” said Elizabeth deVries, District Technology Coordinator. “Connecting face-to-face allows teachers and students the reassurance and connection missing at this time.  By disabling features that are unnecessary and inappropriate, teachers can better ensure that video-conferencing protects student privacy while allowing them to continue to support student learning.”

While the Ministry of Education has secured and funded licences for the Zoom application for all K-12 public and independent schools in B.C., the learning for SD73 students is a week ahead of most of the Province due to our one-week spring break. Once available, the new Zoom license will provide consistent access for educators who choose to use it, giving them more ways to communicate with students and parents.

The licensing agreement, enabled under the new Ministerial Order, complies with B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Students will be given a unique website address, so they can access their virtual classroom without the need for an individual account. The Zoom server will be based in Canada, with added encryption so it is a safe platform to learn.  

 

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