Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA)
Effective on July 1, 2021, all school districts are required by the Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide assurances that student data is handled properly and protected by any third-party educational technology resources. Student data should be used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85), as stated in the language of the Act.
It is District 30's legal and ethical obligation to protect students, including their data, from harmful practices. If student data (referred to as "personally identifyable information" or "covered information" in the legislation) is breached, it can lead to an unauthorized person accessing sensitive information or using the data for unintended purposes. District 30 has always taken steps to protect our student data and create a safe learning environment, both online and in-person
For more information about why protecting student information is important, this terrific article is an excellent resource.
The Approved Online Resources list includes the online services or applications that the district uses with students. as well as their published data policies and signed agreements with our district, specifying that they are in compliance with SOPPA's requirments for data protection. The list will be regularly updated as new resources are evaluated and added.
Parents may request to review and correct any information maintainted by District 30, or any of our online educational providers by contacting District 30's privacy officer, Andrew Kohl.
Important Data Privacy Laws (Video Overviews)
District 30 will post any details here about data breaches that involve more than 10% of student data, including the number of students whose covered information was involved in the breach, the data of the breach and the online educational resource that was responsible for the breach.
The Role of Parents
District 30 parents are a critical partner with us in the protection of children and their online data. Below are two especially helpful resources that can help you navigate the issues of online safety, privacy, security and digial wellness. As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or seek advice.