Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)
Students are required to use technology in school more and more. Understandably, there is growing concern regarding the level of privacy measures that schools and their educational partners take to protect personal information. DeLand-Weldon CUSD #57 is committed to protecting student privacy. The resources provided here are intended to help inform parents and assist in the transparency of our student data privacy efforts.
The Student Online Personal Protection Act, or SOPPA, is the data privacy law that regulates student data collection and use by schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and education technology (EdTech) vendors. SOPPA will also require Illinois school districts to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by EdTech companies and that data is used for beneficial purposes only. SOPPA requires all Illinois public school districts to provide these guarantees to protect student data privacy, effective July 1, 2021 (105 ILCS 85/15).
Ensuring the security of our students’ personal information is important to DeLand-Weldon CUSD #57, and establishing protocols compliant with this legislation will enable us to do so consistently.
Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)
DeLand-Weldon utilizes the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) to help manage data privacy agreements with third party EdTech vendors who handle our student data. The SDPC is a "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." To learn more about the SDPC, please click here.