Student data privacy
Our mission is to help students and staff succeed in their tasks in a secure manner, and to protect our NISD community from cybercrime.
Student safety—in both physical and virtual environments—is of great importance at Northside ISD. To ensure that students, their personally identifiable information, and intellectual property are ethically and legally protected, NISD has privacy and data policies in place. Adherence to these policies by vendors and staff greatly increases our ability to protect our students from physical and virtual harm such as identity theft, harassment, and unauthorized data collection.
With the rapid growth and accessibility of technology and resources—teachers, students, and parents have access to an ever increasing wealth of tools to support teaching and learning. Accompanied with this extraordinary access comes great potential to inadvertently leak sensitive student data.
As a district on the cutting edge of innovative uses of technology in education, NISD is committed to ensuring the protection of our students’ privacy as we continue to transform education—partnering resources on Digital Citizenship with world-class quality K-12 systems.
What is student data?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects personally identifiable information (PII) from students’ education records from unauthorized disclosure. FERPA defines education records as “records that are: (1) directly related to a student; and (2) maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution”. FERPA also defines the term PII, which includes direct identifiers (such as a student’s or other family member’s name) and indirect identifiers (such as a student’s date of birth, place of birth, or mother’s maiden name). For more information about FERPA, please visit the Family Policy Compliance Office’s website. (Source: PTAC)
Who uses student data?
Most personal student information stays local. Districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public. But the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point.
What resources use student data?
Soon, the district software, applications, and web services that are approved or not approved for student use will be available online.
What laws are in place to protect student data?
Federal laws and regulations have been created for organizations to help protect students' information. In addition to these federal mandates, Northside ISD has implemented additional district policies and procedures to safeguard sensitive student information.