In response to the recent spate of online harassment incidents, many schools have begun requiring their students to register on the school’s official website.
As of April 1, the New York State Board of Education, which regulates public education, has required all school districts to require students to use their school’s web addresses to register for classes.
Schools also have begun providing students with an online registration tool that allows them to register anonymously, without revealing their identities.
A report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that a school district in Georgia was the only school district to require all students to have a school web address and was the first to do so in the U.S. In the past year, more than 200 school districts have required students to update their school web addresses, according to the American Association of School Administrators.
The number of schools requiring students to log in and update their schools’ websites increased from 16 in 2015 to 38 in 2016, according the Associated Press.
The AP notes that the average change for each school in the survey was 3 percent.
For most states, students have a right to opt out of school registration and online registration.
The American Association for School Administrations says that schools can opt out if they have fewer than 10,000 students, if the school has fewer than 100 students, or if the enrollment falls below a certain threshold.
In New York, where the average enrollment is more than 15,000, schools have until May 31 to opt students out of their school registration.
“This is a critical time for students and schools,” the AP report states.
“It’s critical for schools to know their rights, including how they can opt in or opt out.”
The school’s principal must have a personal email address for students.
A parent or guardian must sign a consent form that states, “I hereby grant you permission to use this information for personal and educational purposes, without expectation of privacy.”
The AP says that some schools also require that students sign in using a password.
Schools must be clear on what information students are supposed to provide.
The New York Times reported that the school principal could be charged with a crime for failing to notify parents that they were not required to provide students with a school registration information sheet.
“Parents should be clear about what information their child is required to give us, and what information we should not be required to share with them,” a New York City Department of Education spokesperson told the Times.