Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

  • In accordance with New York State Education Law Section 2-d, the Ballston Spa Central School District sets forth the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.  This Bill of Rights is subject to change based on regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  Changes or additions are also anticipated as the State Education Department releases further guidance documents. 

    Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

    (1) A student's personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial purposes;

    (2) In accordance with Section 2-d and FERPA, parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child's education record;

    (3) State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information, and the District safeguards that information with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls, and password protection;

    (4) The New York State Education Department collects student data from school districts for authorized uses. A complete list of all student data elements collected by New York State is available for public review at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/sirs/documentation/NYSEDstudentData.xlsx or parents may obtain a copy of this list by writing to: Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.

    (5) Parents have the right to submit complaints about possible breaches of student data. Complaints or questions should be directed in writing to: Records Access Officer, Ballston Spa Central School District, 70 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.