Parent Connect is an online service developed by the Greater Victoria School District to expedite consent requests. The service reduces the amount of paper forms and allows parents and school staff to review a student’s consent information on-demand. The service also includes Google Translate to support parents who prefer to communicate in languages other than English.
Sign into Parent Connect at: https://parentconnect.sd61.bc.ca/.
Creating a Parent Connect Account
Parents must create an account in order to access Parent Connect. A parent must be listed as the child’s legal guardian, and they must provide several pieces of information to validate their account. Please view this brief video to learn more about accessing and using Parent Connect.
Consent for Online Digital Tools
BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) stipulates that informed consent must be granted before students can use online apps and services that store personal data outside of Canada. More information is available on this page. For students in K-8, parents can review privacy information and grant or deny consent using the Parent Connect Online Consent Portal. Secondary students (Gr. 9-12) self-consent using Student Connect. Parents of secondary students can view consent items in Parent Connect, but they cannot grant or deny consent themselves.
Annual Consent Policy
In previous years consent was collected via paper forms, and the school district established a cut off date of September 30 for parents to renew their consent by returning the form. With Parent Connect parents will receive a notification each September reminding them to review their child’s consent status. Consent will now be considered to be ongoing unless it is revoked. This means students will continue to have access after Sept. 30 of the new school year. For students transitioning between Grades 8 and 9 consent will carry over from Parent to Student Connect. Students in Grade 9 will have automatic access to Student Connect, they do not need to create an account.
Other Forms Managed by Parent Connect
Schools seek permission, acknowledgement and/or volunteers through forms that students bring home. One of the advantages of the Parent Connect App is its ability to digitize these forms, reducing the amount of printing and making it easier for parents to review/revise the forms online.
The following school requests can now be accessed by parents at participating schools, with more to be added in the future:
- Personal Information Consent (Outside Media, School Yearbook, School/District Media/Websites)
- Student Technology Use
- General Field Trip Permission Forms