Data Privacy Information for Parents
We take student data privacy very seriously in Noblesville Schools (NS). Safeguarding student data is an essential responsibility for all NS employees. Our schools and staff follow our Student Data Privacy training and guidance process to ensure that all NS staff are:
- Protecting student data
- In compliance with Indiana and federal laws regarding student data privacy.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) collects student data from students across Indiana to meet specific policy, practice, and service requirements of state and federal laws. We collect and submit student data to IDOE based on their requirements and procedures. In addition, this NS Parent Data Collection document outlines the types of student Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that we collect during enrollment.
Noblesville Schools Approved Technology Resources - Student PII Collected
The Approved Technology Resources spreadsheet is a resource for school leaders, teachers, students and parents/guardians as part of the student data privacy process. The purpose of the ATR is to allow school leaders and teachers to identify which tools they plan to use with students, and to inform parents/guardians of these tools and their privacy policies. As applications are adopted by schools, and if they are not already protected by student data privacy agreements, the ATR provides assistance for schools to take appropriate measures in protecting student data by providing guidelines for obtaining data-sharing agreements or obtaining parent consent for classroom use.
Parent Consent – On-Demand Service Providers
Staff Training and Professional Learning
Noblesville Schools has a committee of staff members who meet bi-monthly to identify training opportunities and solve problems related to data privacy. Staff can earn professional growth points by completing a self-paced training module on protecting student privacy. Over 200 staff members have completed the training to date.
There are several laws that dictate how schools and teachers handle student data.
- FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA requires that schools have written permission from the parent or guardian in order to release any information from a student’s education record. So the most important thing is that, with some very specific exceptions, you shouldn’t be sharing student information with apps and websites without parent permission.
- COPPA – The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
COPPA puts special restrictions on software companies about the information they can collect about students under 13. So, students under 13 can’t make their own accounts, teachers have to make the accounts for them. In making the accounts, teachers need to be aware of their responsibility under FERPA.
- CIPA – The Children’s Internet Protection Act
Teachers don’t need to help comply with CIPA, but it’s useful to know that it is in place. CIPA requires districts to put measures in place to filter Internet access and other measures to protect students.
- PPRA – Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
PPRA governs the administration to students of any survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of eight designated protected areas.
For a list of employee permissions by data set in PowerSchool, please click on the link below.
Permission to Data
To see the Student Privacy Pledge click the link below.
For a list of questions we ask our on-line providers before a contract is signed, click the link below.