Below is a listing of the online services used with Lower School students at St. John's School. Included is a brief description of their purpose and links to their privacy policies and terms of services. The core services of Blackbaud and Google's G Suite for Education are used by the majority of Lower School students. A listing of additional services follows; these services may or may not be used by members of the Lower School faculty with their students. Consequently, students will not need accounts for all of these services. In most cases, the teachers or school administrators will create accounts for the students. Whenever possible, the students' Google account for school will be used for registration.
St. John's School uses FACTS to manage attendance, academic records, schedules and grading in a cloud-based, student information system. This is the school's official online service for collecting and computing grades, as well as for sharing a student's academic information with the student and his/her parents. Parents' contact information (such as home and email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) is also stored in FACTS and is accessible by the student's teachers. FACTS does not sell personal information to third parties. "All personal information collected is used by our affiliates to perform services, send you information about new products and services, comply with laws or carry out internal functions." Student accounts are created by the Registrar for students in grade 2 and are used until the student's graduation or departure from the school. Account login information is shared with the students and their parents so that they can view the grades entered. Privacy - Terms of Service
Epic is an online platform with a collection of digital books for children. Teachers create free accounts for their students to access Monday through Friday between 7am-3pm. Epic is COPPA, FERPA, and SOPIPA compliant. There are no ads. Any data collected, such as an IP address, is used only to support the functionality of their service; it is not used for marketing or advertising purposes. Teacher will set up classroom accounts using the students' Google accounts from school via Google Classroom. The student then access Epic using a class code.
Nearpod is a platform used to create interactive, online lessons. It also has a large collection of premade lessons from educational partners and expert educators, including Google integrated lessons, virtual reality, 3D, and gamefied learning. Students access the service through accounts that are created by the teacher through Google Classroom using the students' Google account pseudonyms. Students are directed to use an alias for a username. Students' access and performance on lessons can be monitored by the teacher.
SeeSaw is an online learning platform designed for young learners. Teachers create a SeeSaw Free class group using the students' Google accounts. Students can interact with materials the teacher created, or added from SeeSaw's activity library, using built in tools for drawing, dragging, and video recording. Parent accounts can also be created for access to their child's work. SeeSaw is a Student Privacy Pledge Signatory. All content stays within the classroom group and it doesn't include advertising or share students data.