Student Data Privacy

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 Action (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.

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.

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.






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Internet Safety Curriculum

Through the efforts of teachers and school library media specialists, the Charleston CUSD#1 students receive yearly instruction on Internet Safety. You can access their curriculum maps here:

Grades K-8

Grades 9-12

Student Online Personal Protection Act

Effective July 1, 2021, school districts will be required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide information about what online services and applications are utilized by the district, data that is maintained and disclosed to these entities, and copies of contracts and/or subcontracts with each. Districts are also required to notify guardians when there is a data breach and provide a way for guardians to review and correct information maintained by the school, operator, or ISBE.

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Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)

Charleston leverages the The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) 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. Learn more about this consortium by visiting their website: SDPC website.

To see what online services and applications that the District uses, the contracts signed by the District, and any data collected by those tools or the District, visit the full list here:

Charleston CUSD#1's Approved Online Resources

This list is updated frequently.

Data Breaches

In the event of a data breach regarding student information, details will be provided in the space below.

Parent Guides

Parents play a key role in overseeing the online safety of their children. Connect Safely, a nonprofit dedicated to educating users about technology safety, privacy, security and digital wellness, developed a series of parent guides to help parents navigate the digital world with their children.

Parents can request to review or correct any information maintained by the District or by any online resource used by the District by contacting our Educational Technology Director via email.