School districts face a great challenge when it comes to protecting and storing sensitive data. Public schools are required to collect and report certain information to state and federal government agencies, but must be extremely careful to secure this information against cybersecurity threats. Good governance and strong cybersecurity practices provides districts with a clear understanding of how information is collected and handled. Effective data governance ensures that data is consistent and trustworthy and doesn't get misused.
Data Governance Objective
Consistently and continuously communicate data privacy practices to parents and the community.
Provide a centralized coordination or enterprise data architecture that all stakeholders and departments must follow in order to provide confidentiality, integrity and availability of district data.
Create uniform policies that will prevent the misuse of personal data about students and/or employees.
Propose, create, review and revise data security and privacy standards, practices and documentation.
Insure the district is compliant with all state and federal laws/regulations in regards to data privacy.
Board Policies for Educational Records
* (Legal) Legal policies compile federal law, state law, and court decisions, providing the statutory context in which all other policies should be read.
(Local) Local policies reflect decisions made by the board of trustees.