• Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

    Effective July 1, 2021, school districts will be required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85).

    Eastland Schools takes safeguarding student information and privacy very seriously. The District Technology Director is the designated privacy officer that oversees all student information at a high level and works to ensure compliance.

    The School District, to facilitate the use of learning tools, may share with third party applications students names, email addresses, grade levels, and schedules.

    A parent/guardian may request to see the information being shared with any vendor by calling the District and setting up an appointment to meet with a representative from the technology department.

    The list of Online Services and Applications may be found here.

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

    Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    The primary goal of COPPA is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. COPPA was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children.

    Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    CIPA was enacted by Congress in 2000 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 E-rate program.

    Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

    PPRA is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways:

    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and
    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals certain information.

    PPRA applies to programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

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