Public Act 16-189
The 2016 Connecticut legislative session recently brought a variety of changes to our education laws. One of the most significant pieces of education legislation is Public Act 16-189, an Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, which generally addresses the provision of personally identifiable student information to individuals or entities outside West Hartford Public Schools. While we are vigilant about maintaining student confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the new Connecticut law adds a layer of requirements to ensure student privacy. Public Act 16-189 sets forth minimum privacy and contractual standards for all parties involved in the creation, use, or handling of student data. Apps that clearly do not collect student work and/or student information often receive quick approval without getting posted to the website and get released to Meraki for prompt use (example: Dice app).
Recently, HB 7207 extended the requirements of Public Act 16-189 to July 1, 2018. The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology created an educational software hub for educators and software developers to understand our statute and sign a digital Student Data Privacy Pledge. For this school year, software requests for WHPS will be reviewed, vendors will be asked to sign the Student Data Privacy Pledge, and software requests will typically proceed without the deployment delays that were out of our hands during the 2016-2017 school year. Software used in WHPS will again be reviewed to be in compliance of state regulations when the law goes into effect.
If you have any questions, please contact your school's office. The District has already entered into agreements with the following vendors: