Student Data Privacy
The privacy of our students' data is a high priority in District 70. This page works in conjunction with the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA), which went into effect on July 1, 2021.
What is SOPPA?
District 70 can share information, which includes student names, birthdates, etc, . with a third party company such as STAR, PowerSchool, Pearson, etc. SOPPA addresses protections that these companies have in place to make sure that our students' data is not sold or freely given to others. As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each school 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.
What are Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)?
District 70 leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. You can find out more information about the SDPC online. Through the SDPC, District 70 enters into contracts with companies (third party vendors) that handle our students' data. District 70 also uses LearnPlatform, a third party vendor, to address and implement solutions to growing data privacy concerns.
You can find out more information about the DPAs that District 70 currently holds here: District 70's DPAs.
If there are any data breaches they will be posted on this page.
Important Data Privacy Laws
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.
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.
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.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.