In 2021 Department of Education created a Policy to protect information shared with third-party services. This new process requires guardians to consent for applications and websites we use which collect student information. Students are not permitted to use any application or website without parent/guardian permission.
Alternative learning activities will be provided for those students whose parents opt not to authorise the release of personal information to third-party service providers.
As a school we have added all applications and websites used across the school and permission is for your child’s entire schooling at Ellenbrook Primary School unless you withdraw it in writing. As the Department continues to assess the Third Party Services available you may be asked to complete further consent forms throughout the year.
ICT - Third Party Permissions
Our school provides access to Department of Education online services. These enhance the contemporary learning opportunities available to students and the range of teaching tools available to staff to deliver the Western Australian Curriculum.
Both forms should be returned to school so that an online services account can be created for your child. Please check that the back of the pages have been signed and approved.
Please note that while every reasonable effort is made by schools and the Department to prevent student exposure to inappropriate online content when using Department provided online services, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of such exposure.
You should be aware that the Department has the right to review, audit, intercept, access, and disclose messages created, received, or sent over Department online Services. Logs of email transactions and internet access data are kept for administrative, legal, and security purposes and may be monitored. Similar to other corporate records, emails and internet access records are discoverable in the event of legal action and are subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (www.foi.wa.gov.au).
You should also be aware that general internet browsing not conducted via the Department’s network is not monitored or filtered by the Department. The Department encourages close family supervision of all internet use by children in locations other than school and strongly recommends to use of appropriate internet filtering software. Advice on managing internet use at home can be found on the Office of the E-Safety Commissioner website (www.esafety.gov.au/parent).
As a part of the school’s sustainability policy, all future consent forms will be sent home electronically by Connect via a link, and the school newsletter via a QR code.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
The Acceptable Use Agreement form explains the conditions associated with accessing Department-provided ICT resources. This form needs to be completed at the beginning of each school year. Copies of the 2021 forms are provided below.