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Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

Filed in Archive by on February 28, 2020

Updated Jan. 2020

Pursuant to New York Education Law §2-d and 8 NYCRR § 121.3(a), the Bethlehem Central School District (the “District”) is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security: 

A student’s personally identifiable information (“PII”) cannot be sold or released for any commercial or marketing purposes. 

Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record, including any student data maintained by the Bethlehem Central School District. This right of inspection of records is consistent with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Under New York Education Law §2-d, the rights of inspection are extended to include data, meaning parents have the right to inspect or receive copies of any data in their child’s educational record. 

State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of PII and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred. 

A complete list of all student data elements collected by the state is available for public review in an Excel file at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/sirs/documentation/NYSEDstudentData.xlsx

Parents may also obtain a copy of this list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12234. 

Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints must be made in writing and should be directed to: Raymond Nardelli, Data Protection Officer and Director of Technology, Bethlehem Central School District, 700 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email: rnardelli@bethlehemschools.org. 

Complaints to the New York State Department of Education (“SED”) should be directed to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.  The SED e-mail address is cpo@mail.nysed.gov. 

If you would like more information, please contact: the District’s Data Protection Officer, Raymond Nardelli, Director of Technology, Bethlehem Central School District, 700 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054; email rnardelli@bethlehemschools.org

More information is also available on the following websites: 

-New York State Department of Education: http://www.nysed.gov/student-data-privacy 

-U.S. Department of Education: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/guidance-schools-issued-how-keepparents-better-informed-data-they-collect-stude

-Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): http://ptac.ed.gov/