Student Data Privacy Laws, Policies and Processes

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).

Students, teachers and administrators alike make daily use of digital and online resources for collaboration, communication, consumption and creation of instructional materials and practices. These services are available through agreements between the resources and Tri-County Special Education Cooperative (TCSE).

TCSE staff will monitor student use of these resources when students are at school. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of these tools when at home. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times. Student safety is our highest priority.

A summary of other privacy acts are below and a list of Software and Privacy Agreements. If you have questions regarding Student Data Privacy please email technology@tcse.us.

Technology Protection Acts

Below are the Technology Protection Act

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.

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.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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

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.

Please click the link below to view current DPA's

Tri-County Special Education DPA's