Student Data Privacy
Mundelein School District 75 takes the privacy of our student's data seriously. This page intends to make transparent and is working diligently to be compliant with the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) when it goes into effect July 1, 2021.
What is SOPPA?
What happens to the student data that we send to a third party vendor? Information like names, birthdates, etc. may be provided by Mundelein School District 75 to a third party like IXL, NWEA MAP, etc. What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address. 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.
What are Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)?
Mundelein School District 75 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 Mundelein School District 75 currently holds, please click the following link: Mundelein School District 75 Data Privacy Agreements
Important Data Privacy Laws
- 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 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.
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information
Acceptable Use Policy
The Internet is a powerful educational tool, providing worldwide access to museums, libraries, news, events, and other useful and current resources. Therefore, the use of computer technology and the Internet is extremely important and is integral part of the mission of District 75.
At the same time, there have been concerns about children accessing offensive Internet material, as well as crime, abuse, or harassment occurring over the Internet. We acknowledge the concerns that you may have and want to assure you that precautions have been taken so that this will not occur. Students will be supervised and monitored while using the Internet. Primary level students will be restricted to sites that have been screened and approved by the individual classroom teachers.
Students and their parents/guardians are reminded that use of district technology is a privilege, not a right. All activity performed on any district owned computer, network, or electronic communication device may be monitored by school authorities. Inappropriate use of district technology can result in limited or banned computer use, disciplinary consequences, and/or legal action.
With this educational opportunity also comes responsibility. You and your child will need to read and discuss the following information:
Terms and Conditions for Acceptable Use
- Access to the Internet at District 75 must be for educational purposes.
- The use of the District's Internet access is a privilege, and inappropriate or illegal use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.
- Students must follow certain rules of etiquette, including, but not restricted to, the use of appropriate language, not revealing personal addresses or telephone numbers of self or others, using only your own personal log-in and password, understanding that e-mail sent and received at school must be related to classroom activities, and an understanding that e-mail is not private.
- Using the network or educational software for bullying, harassment, or any illegal activity, including violation of copyright, plagiarism or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited.
- Using another person's password and personal identification is also prohibited.
Ownership of the Chromebook
District 75 retains sole right of possession of the Chromebooks. The Chromebooks are lent to the students for educational purposes only for the academic year. Moreover, District 75 administrative staff and faculty retain the right to collect and/or inspect Chromebooks at any time, including via electronic remote access and to alter, add, or delete installed software or hardware. Loss, theft, and damage to the Chromebook is the responsibility of the student and parent, and will result in being charged for the replacement device and/or a police report being filed.
All students will turn in their Chromebooks and accessories at the end of the year. Should the student leave District 75 prior to the end of the school year, the device and accessories must be turned in on the last date of student attendance. If the Chromebook and/or all accessories are not returned in working order, parent/guardian will be charged for a full replacement.