Public Act 16-189
Public Act 16-189, an Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, 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), this 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).
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. WHPS staff are welcome to join the community to see many resources including up-to-date info on the hundreds of vendors who have pledged compliance with PA 16-189. Before the Hub was established, WHPS had already entered into agreements with the vendors listed below.
Again this school year, staff can make software requests through Helpdesk. Requests get reviewed, and if vendors have signed the Student Data Privacy Pledge, deployment proceeds. If you have any questions, please contact your school's office.