We are committed to protecting the information security of District 44 students in accordance with the latest version of the Student Online Personal Protection Act.
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.
On August 23, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a new version of SOPPA that gives parents greater control over student data. Among the changes is a new requirement to enact breach notifications that are available to the public.
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. The law is effective on July 1, 2021.
If you are a parent or guardian, you will have greater control over your child’s personal information. In many cases, SOPPA gives parents the right to inspect, correct, and delete their child’s data, regardless of whether it is held by a school or a third party EdTech vendor. Illinois schools will also be required to post on their website the types of student data they share with EdTech vendors. You will be able to view that information below using the Public EdTech Library.
If you are a staff member, you will need to ensure the EdTech vendors chosen for use with students are part of our approved vendors and have signed contracts with us through LearnPlatform.
Ensuring our students’ safety is critically important to District 44, and establishing protocols compliant with this legislation will enable us to do so consistently.
In preparation for the law going into effect on July 1, 2021, we are developing resources to support new requirements, protocols and regulations. These will include a portal to view data breach notifications and information about District 44 vendors who receive student data.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view a simplified list of all approved
software for the district. No sign in required!
Staff, click here to sign in to your LearnPlatform account.
Here, you will have the ability to view EdTech products, reviews,
and be able to request access to current or new applications.