Royal Oak, MI asked in Contracts and Education Law for Michigan

Q: For remote learning, can schools force agreement to the Terms of a private company, exp Zoom, and what if I say no?

With remote learning, what happens if I don't agree to the terms and conditions of a 3rd party company/software, Zoom, Google, etc, they're using, can the state say I'm not teaching my child under the law? What if I don't agree to them being on camera and a 3rd party recording it? Could I get a visit by CPS?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: If you don't agree to the terms of service for the video platform your school uses, than you cannot participate in the virtual learning offered through the school. You would then need to elect to send your child to school in-person (if offered), or your child would not be considered an enrolled student. You could home school, provided you can show compliance with what that entails. There are organizations that can walk you through all that.

In a nutshell, you need to either accept the terms offered for virtual learning, send your child to school for in-person instruction, or commit to home schooling.

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