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New York State Ed Law 2-d Compliance

Rochester School for the Deaf (“RSD” or “we”) is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.

We will provide students with the instructional technology tools and resources that will set them up for success in college and careers.
 
  • MacBook Air computers and iPads will be readily available to all students to use in their learning.
  • Current versions of apps and programs will be used to maximize learning and productivity. We will work with only technology vendors that are compliant with the law and regulations. This list of vendors will be published on our website.
  • Internet access with web filtering will be provided to connect students to information and resources from around the world.

We will protect personally identifiable digital information of our students.   

  • Technology will be used to promote academic achievement, empower parents and students with information, and advance efficient and effective school operations.
  • Every use of personally identifiable information by the School will be protected.
  • No personally identifiable information will be sold or shared for commercial purposes.
 
We will be compliant with current laws and regulations about the use of technology and personally identifiable information.

All employees will receive annual privacy and security awareness training.
 
  • Data security and privacy policies and procedures will be posted.
  • A Data Protection Officer will oversee the implementation of the law and accompanying regulations.
  • Procedures to file complaints about breaches or unauthorized releases of student data and/or protected teacher or principal data will be communicated to parents, students, and staff.

Implications on Our Practices

Education Law 2-d, and the accompanying regulations, known as Part 121, will have some specific implications on our practices and procedures at RSD:
 
  • There will be new restrictions on the software and apps we purchase. In order to ensure that we are in compliance with the law and the regulations.
  • Teachers should no longer sign up for any product that collects student information, such as names. This includes products that use the Google sign on pathway (third party companies connect this way). A School process to request approval will be developed.
  • Recommendations and requests for software and apps (including free, online sites) will be made by grade-levels and/or departments rather than by individual teachers. A school process was developed for this. It will allow for a consistent experience for our students as well as streamline purchasing and support procedures and allow us to ensure compliance with the regulations.
  • Additional on-line training will be required of all faculty and staff beginning next year.
  • A Data Protection Officer will be appointed who will monitor our compliance with the regulations. (see the link for the detailed roles)
  • A Software Inventory will be published on our website.
 
Resources are available on this site that will assist in understanding your rights under NYS Ed Law 2-d and §121 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education which detail the implementation of NYS Ed Law 2-d.
 
Additional Laws RSD is required to follow related to data privacy Family Education Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA): https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/?src=fpco