Student Data Privacy

Libertyville School District 70 protects the privacy of our student's data seriously and is a priority for our district.  School districts are obligated to abide by laws to protect student privacy online.  Some of these laws are federal and some are state mandated.  They include CIPA, COPPA, FERPA & SOPPA. 


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.


Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only. This is a new law that goes into effect as of July 1, 2021.  

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.

What is SOPPA? 

What happens to the student data that we send to a third party vendor? Information like names, birthdates, etc... may be provided by Libertyville School District to a third party like Pearson, Renaissance , PowerSchool, etc... What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.

As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.

Libertyville leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) and a third party vendor, LearnPlatform, to address and implement solutions to growing data privacy concerns.  If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here.  If you would like to read more into LearnPlatform, click here.  If you would like to view the DPA's that Libertyville SD 70 currently holds, please click the following link. 

Libertyville SD 70 DPAs