Ability to hide a "preferred name" and gender from parent accounts as well as hide email accounts due to name/gender change.
Students are supposed to be able to have a preferred name/gender at school without being required to disclose to their parents. However, parents are able to see the preferred name/gender in the homelink account as well as the email accounts. They can also see gender on the data confirmation page. I have students who want to do a name/gender change, but do not have supportive parents at home and are choosing not to because their parents will be able to see the change.
Aeries needs to address this asap. The state of California requires us to protect these students. We need our computer software to support us. Aeries is leaving us vulnerable to right to privacy lawsuits by failing to meet our needs.
AdminAllison (Admin, Aeries Software) commented
From User: So we are between a rock and a hard place. The state of California is telling us we cannot "out" these kids to their parents, yet, we have no way of protecting the information from their parents finding out. This opens us up to "right to privacy" lawsuits. If a student tells us not to share with their parents and we have no way to protect them. This issue is only going to get bigger as more and more students are opting to change to a preferred name and gender. We maybe had 1 or 2 students through out the district in the past. Currently we have 6 students at one school. I really hope Aeries consults with their legal team about how your programs will need to safe guard a student's right to privacy. This is a hot issue right now that needs to be addressed now.
Chris Hollins commented
This is a an important feature for high schools.
Students who prefer to go by a different name and/or gender but do not want to come out to their legal guardians - yet.
Solution would be to add a radio button on the Demographics screen that overrides the Parent Portal to view only the legal name and legal gender.
Additionally a ribbon to remind staff that the student self-identifies differently between school and home would pop up to prevent staff from doxxing the student.
Jeff R commented
Agree - this will help preserve confidentiality of our students while at school. Believe it or not - some parents are not the most supportive people in the world. Someone can be Jenny at home and Johnny at school and not want their non-supportive parent to know that.
Shannon Beltrami commented
Why would we want to hide anything from the parent? As a parent this is a horrible idea and I will not be voting for it. I am also sure Aeries will not post this comment.
Scott Palmer commented
We've had requests to be able for parents to see both, so one doesn't take precedence over the other. Currently, parents can only view the legal name by clicking the "Show/Hide" button if they have access to LSI.
Dinah Weller commented
Yes yes yes!
Maggie Bunten commented
Allow the student email address to be hidden in certain cases in the parent portal. We have students that have requested that their school email be changed due to how they identify. In some instances, parents may be unaware of their change in gender identity so we would like the ability to hide the student email only on certain accounts.