Managing personal data is something the ROE handles very seriously, as everyone should be entitled to privacy. Our office follows strict technology guidelines to ensure the data of our staff and customers is used in an appropriate manner and is never shared or sold outside of general office use. Employees are trained in data and privacy security, so please be assured your information will be handled sensitively by knowledgeable staff.
The Kane County Regional Office of Education follows all rules set forth by state and federal government such as SOPPA, FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, PPRA, and HIPAA.
SOPPA (Student Online Personal Protection Act)
SOPPA is a Federal law than ensures digital data collected by schools is handled in an appropriate matter. This law requires districts to have a plan set in place in case of a digital breach and students’ and/or educators’ digital data was compromised. This includes information such as name, date of birth, SSN, and more. The law states that reasonable security procedures and policies must be in place, and requires districts to list all agreements publicly on the district website.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
FERPA is a Federal law enacted in 1974 that protects student academic records. This law is applicable to any and all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Under FERPA, parents/guardians are given specific rights that pertain to these academic records. Once a student graduates or turns 18, these rights transfer from the parents to the students.
COPPA (Children’s Online Personal Protection Act)
COPPA is a Federal law enacted in 1998. COPPA gives parents control over what data is collected about their children online at school, and specifically targets students under age 13. COPPA covers websites as well as apps.
CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act)
CIPA is a Federal law enacted in 2000 to protect children from harmful and inappropriate internet content. It also ties a financial incentive for districts to follow guidelines in order to receive discounts on online educational services.
PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
PPRA ensures that parents may inspect instructional materials to be used in the classroom, enforces districts obtaining parental consent before requiring certain activities, such as surveys, evaluations, or other data analyses.
HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
HIPPA was enacted in 1996 and is a federal law that requires standards nationwide to regulate the protection of personal health information from being shared without the patient’s consent.