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Student Privacy

Student Data and Privacy

Student data security is important to us. Orland School District 135 strives to provide our students the best learning experience possible. This requires the district to partner with companies to provide services such as digital curriculum, testing and various other instructional supports. Some of these supports require Orland 135 to share certain student data in order to allow the service to function properly. This can include directory information such as name and schedule information to allow for secure student log in and class rostering. Before partnering with each company, Orland School District verifies the vendors are as FERPA, COPPA and Illinois Online Personal Protection Act  (SOPPA) compliant. Additionally, Orland School District 135 only provides the minimum amount of data required to maintain service functionality for each application. If you have any questions about your child's data, please email

What is SOPPA?

What happens to the student data that we send to a third party vendor? Information like names, birthdates, etc. may be provided by Orland 135 to a third party like IXL, NWEA MAP, etc. What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address. As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.  You can see a full list of vendors Orland School District 135 uses and the signed agreements here.

What are Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)?

Orland School District 135 leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our student's data. If you would like to view the DPAs that Orland 135 currently holds, please click the following link: Orland School District 135 Data Privacy Agreements.

Important Data Privacy Laws

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only and restricts the use of student data for advertising purposes.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.


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