Student Data Privacy

Commitment to Student Data Privacy:

Bethel Public Schools is committed to innovative teaching and learning using 21st century personalized curriculum with 1:1 digital resources available in a protected anytime anywhere learning environment. While we are dedicated to provide rich, relevant, and rigorous resources we will only do so in compliance with Federal and State laws on student data privacy. These pages are designed to inform and address concerns on how Bethel Public Schools protects and informs staff, students, and parents on using digital resources in our district.

Data Privacy Legislation:

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly turn to software, web-based learning, mobile apps, cloud computing and other electronic methods to improve student outcomes and the educational experience, the Act sets forth minimum privacy and contractual standards for all parties involved in the creation, use, or handling of student data. (Source: Shipman & Goodwin)

Public Act No. 17-200 makes revisions to the student data privacy act of 2016. As of July 10, 2017, the provisions of HB 7207 are in effect, including a mandate that as of July 1, 2018 local or regional boards of education must begin entering into written contracts with Operators, Contractors, and Consultants with which they share student data. This act also modifies the deadline for the board of education to electronically notify students, parents and guardians about a breach of student data from 48 hours to two business days after becoming aware of a breach.

In compliance with Connecticut's student data privacy law (General Statutes §§ 10-234aa through 10-234dd) Bethel Public Schools enters into contracts with Operators, Contractors, or Consultants who have access to student data that is physically or virtually stored outside of the Bethel Public Schools. Student data includes student records, personal student information, and student generated content .