All staff should be aware that due to changes in state law, digital tools must be reviewed and pass accessibility standards in order to be used in classrooms. Because of this, HCPSS has updated its digital tool review process to include accessibility review.
Staff should submit any supplemental digital tools they would like to use in the 2023-2024 school year for approval no later than March 31 using the Request New Supplemental Digital Tools form found on the HCPSS Digital Tools website. Additionally, administrators should delay digital tool purchases this school year until a review can be completed. Effective immediately, administrators will not be able to use p-cards to make supplemental digital tool purchases.
HCPSS uses a number of contracted Essential Digital Tools and authorized Supplementary Digital Tools to deliver educational programs and services, enhance educational experiences, and educate students about safe and effective online practices. A digital tool is any interactive website, application or software that requires an account with a username and password.
Supplementary Digital Tools: HCPSS authorizes digital tools to be used as supplementary (non-essential) enrichments to students’ educational experience. Parents have the right to opt their students out of these digital tools. Examples are Khan Academy, Kahoot, and Plickers.
If you have questions regarding the approval process for digital tools, please email Stephen Dolney, Director of Strategy and Data Privacy.