Organizations and outside experts are working on a variety of resources to make it easier for schools to understand their responsibilities relating to student privacy. Several general steps that school officials can take to address privacy could include designating a privacy official, provide additional training, and communicate with parents. More detailed guidance is provided below.
At the U.S. Department of Education, both the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) and the Privacy Technical Assistance Center(PTAC) are available to respond to legal and technical questions about safeguarding student privacy.
Some of the importance guidance they’ve released to schools includes:
- Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices
- Best Practices for Data Destruction
- Early Childhood Data Privacy
- FERPA Disclosure Exceptions [Chart]
- Transparency Best Practices: Provides a number of recommendations for keeping parents and students better informed about schools’ and districts’ collection and use of student data.
- FTC Guidance for Schools on COPPA
In addition to government resources, a number of other education experts have released materials that can provide guidance to school officials trying to navigate student privacy laws:
- Fordham CLIP Privacy Handbook for Student Information Online: A Toolkit for Schools and Parents
- TeachPrivacy and SafeGov’s video on “5 Things Schools Officials Must Know about Privacy.”
- iKeepSafe’s Roadmap for Schools on Digital Compliance and Student Privacy
- COSN Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit – provides a step-by-step guide to understanding FERPA and COPPA
- The National Forum on Education Statistics has prepared the Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information: A Resource for Schools to help school and local education agency staff better understand and apply FERPA.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education presented this detailed webinar, An Educator’s Guide to COPPA
SCHOOL BOARD GUIDANCE