Tuesday, October 22, 2013

201 CMR 17.00 compliance

Perda: "student privacy around records is something that the district takes very seriously."
both the right thing to do and the legal thing to do
"responsibility of my office to ensure compliance with these laws"
developed data sharing agreement with city solicitor's office
not all vendors are cooperative
some companies feel a statement that they will comply with FERPA is sufficient
opinion of the district that it is not enough, that vendor is responsible for complying with same laws (including state laws) as the district does
in virtually all cases, district makes an attempt to withhold student name
protection of student information
must be concerned beyond that, as cross data could ID students
Novick: request referral of this item to Governance to update student handbook around student rights under FERPA
request also list online of who has access to student information
item filed: list of vendors to be posted (and in Friday letter), policy sent to Governance

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