Category Archives: Hillsborough Schools

Are You Breaking the Law When You Post Student Photos Online Without Parental Consent?

In May 2016, Education Law Insights published an article discussing student photos taken at school titled “Before You Upload That Student Photo, Ask: What Would FERPA (Have Me) Do?” The article covers a litany of questions and scenarios to think … Continue reading

Posted in Data Privacy, Hillsborough Schools, Social Media Privacy, Uncategorized

Will Your Kid’s School Data be the Next Privacy Breach?

The Facebook Data Privacy problem is bad, but it didn’t necessarily include very personal information collected by your child’s school district.  One product heavily engaged in student data collection that includes social networking and learning analytics is Edsby.  Edsby is … Continue reading

Posted in Data Privacy, Hillsborough Schools, PII

Hillsborough County Schools Bell Schedule: Who carries the burden for an hour-apart-school-start-time?

Bus and bell scheduling is a difficult problem given all the inputs and constraints.  It feels like the current approach by the county is a one-size-fits-all band-aid getting slapped onto a complex problem.  Increasing start times between schools may help … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County Schools Bell Times: Was a survey “sent to all families”?

Hillsborough County Schools has asked for input from parents.  The Bell Schedule Simulator states “…A survey regarding bell times will be sent to all families during the month of September.”  We did not receive any information sent from the county … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County School Bell Times: An Elapsed Time Increase of 196% and No Alternative?

This post discusses other possible bell schedules.  Increasing time between school bells to as much as 55-75 minutes for every area might not be optimal for all bus routes. What other creative options, like tailoring bell schedules to local needs, … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County School Bell Times: Does Applying a Standard Make Sense?

There has been discussion around the necessity of a standard 55-75 minute elapsed time (the time between school bells). The implication here is that when the elapsed times are too short, buses are late.  While a short elapsed time may contribute … Continue reading

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Last Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: Was Something Overlooked?

The Hillsborough County School Board voted last Tuesday to approve proposed bell time changes for 2018-2019. The primary reason for the change appears to be resolving late bus arrivals. There was no solution for buses chronically late at schools around the … Continue reading

Posted in HCPS Bell Schedules, Hillsborough School Board, Hillsborough Schools, Uncategorized