District Technology Information

Important Data Privacy Laws

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.

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. 

Rutland CCSD 230 utilizes E-RATE and qualifies for the FCC program by complying with their strict guidelines. 

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. 




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SOPPA Overview

The privacy and online safety of our students is of extreme importance at Rutland CCSD 230. We consistently take steps to secure the student data collected within our networks and our online resources used by students throughout the district. Effective July 1, 2021, all school districts are required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide additional measures that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies and that the data is used for beneficial purposes only. 

Why do we use SOPPA compliance at Rutland CCSD 230?

SOPPA guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.

As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each 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.

Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)

Rutland CCSD 230 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. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our student's data. If you would like to view the DPAs that Rutland current holds, please click the following link.

Rutland CCSD 230 DPAs

SOPPA and ISBE Mandates

Student data may be transferred to some companies due to assessment mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education. ISBE is responsible for obtaining Data Privacy Agreements with these companies and making those DPA's available to families. At this time, this list is unavailable. When it does become available, we will link to it here. Examples of these resources would include IAR testing.

Data Breaches

In the unlikely event of a data breach, Rutland CCSD 230 will promptly communicate the information to anyone impacted. We are committed to doing our best to protect student information at all costs and adhering to best practices and regulations. Our district will be transparent should a data breach occur.