New York State Education Law Section 2-d, with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects student, teacher and principal data. The District is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of district Personally Identifiable Information (PII) (e.g. name, address, date of birth). We are dedicated to promoting the least intrusive data collection policies practicable that advance the goals of improving academic achievement, empowering parents with information and advancing efficient school operations while minimizing the collection and transmission of PII.
One of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning is to collect and analyze data. It tells us if students are on track for graduation, college, and careers, or if they need additional help. It tells schools if their education programs are working. It helps state leaders make informed decisions based on facts, rather than anecdotes.
What is Ed Law 2-D
To learn more are these requirements, watch these two short videos about how Ed-Law 2-D impacts the classroom and the roles we all play in compliance.
Parents' Bill of Rights for data privacy and security
The Wells Central School District has adopted a Parent's Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security which is included in every contract with third-party contractors that involves the disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
Data Sharing Agreements
Complaints of Breach/Unauthorized Release of PII
Parents and eligible students have the right to file complaints about possible breaches or unauthorized release of a student, teacher, or principal Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
Family Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
The District’s procedures for the confidentiality of student records are consistent with federal statutes, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The parents, those acting in a parental relationship, or eligible students of the Wells Central School District are hereby notified that you have the following rights in relation to student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Board of Education Policy 7241.
Annual FERPA Notice
FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access;
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the building principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is,
Compliance Office, US Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20202-5920.