Student data and privacy

  • As part of your child's education, Woodridge School District 68 partners with education technology (“ed tech”) companies to provide services such as digital curriculum, educational resources, and analytical tools. Woodridge 68 is committed to protecting the information security and privacy of our students in accordance with the latest version of the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA). SOPPA is the data privacy law that regulates student data collection and use by schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and ed tech vendors.

     

    On August 23, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law an amended version of SOPPA that gives parents greater control over student data. Among the changes is a new requirement to enact breach notifications that are available to the public. SOPPA also requires Illinois school districts to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by ed tech companies and used for beneficial purposes only. The law is effective July 1, 2021.

     

    Before establishing a relationship with a company, Woodridge 68 verifies that the vendor is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and SOPPA. The District will only provide the minimum amount of data required to maintain service functionality for each vendor.

     

    Parents will be notified within 30 days of any data breach affecting more than 10% of the students.


    Parents can request to review and correct any information maintained by the District or any online/application provider by emailing itsupport@woodridge68.org.