Data Privacy in Greendale Schools
CIPA - Children's Internet Protection Act
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 (updated in 2011) to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the Federal E-rate program.
Schools must have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).
Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements:
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing:
CIPA in the Greendale School District
School Board Policy 363.2 Computer Network Use, 363.2-Rule and 363.21-Rule governs and addresses the use of educational technology resources in the district. Parents acknowledge that they have read and understand this policy during Online Registration in PowerSchool each year. Students review this policy yearly in their classrooms.
The school district Internet access is filtered by a product called SonicWall to provide a safe educational environment for our staff and students. Additional filtering services are provided by GoGuardian. Student email Google Apps files are electronically filtered or scanned using a service called Gaggle to block inappropriate content from being sent, received or shared with them. Each year classroom teachers provide instruction educating their students in digital citizenship topics including appropriate online behavior, protecting their privacy/information and cyberbullying awareness and response.
COPPA - Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in 1998, which is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.
The primary goal of COPPA is to allow parents to have control over what information is collected online from their children under age 13. The law applies to any operators of websites, online services including web-based testing, programs or “apps” that collect, use, or disclose children’s personal information, whether at home or at school. However, COPPA only applies to personal information collected online from children; it does not cover information collected from adults that may pertain to children.
The personal information can include the child’s name, email, phone number or other persistent unique identifier and information about parents, friends and other persons. The law recognizes that the school can consent on behalf of the parent to create accounts and enter personal information into the online system – but only where the operator collects personal information for the use and benefit of the school, and for no other commercial purpose.
COPPA in the Greendale School District
When classroom teachers use online educational resources that may utilize a student name, username, or similar directory information, parents are provided information and asked for permission.
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law passed in 1974 that bars the disclosure of personally identifiable (PII) data in student records to third parties without parental consent.
Parental Rights under FERPA:
FERPA in the Greendale School District
School District Board Policy 347 addresses the use of student information and release of "Directory Information."
"In order to provide appropriate educational services and programming the District must collect, retain and use information about individual students. Simultaneously, the Board recognizes the need to safeguard students' privacy and restrict access to students' personally identifiable information."
In policy and as a practice "Student records shall only be available to students and their parents, eligible students, designated school officials who have legitimate educational interest in the information or to other Individuals or organizations as permitted by law."
Each year, during online registration in PowerSchool, parents determine the release of their student's directory information. Directory Information is defined as a student's name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation or awards received.