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Student Data Privacy

Student Data Privacy Program Expands—National TLE Seal Awarded to Boulder Valley School District 

Colorado School System Is the 13th District Nationwide to Earn the Trusted Learning Environment Seal for Achieving High Marks in Student Data Protection 

Trusted Learning Environment Seal

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today announced that Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District is the latest recipient of the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal. Boulder Valley earned the Seal for taking measureable steps to strengthen the privacy of their students’ data. 

Boulder Valley received the Seal for demonstrating effective student data privacy practices in the following areas: 
  • Leadership, by managing and collaborating with stakeholders regarding the use and governance of student data to inform instruction. 
  • Business, by establishing acquisition vetting processes and contracts that, at minimum, address applicable compliance with laws while supporting innovation. 
  • Data security, by performing regular audits of data privacy and security practices and publicly detailing these measures. 
  • Professional development, by requiring school staff to conduct privacy and security training and offering related resources to all stakeholders in the community. 
  • Classroom, by implementing educational procedures and processes to ensure transparency while advancing curricular goals.

Learn more about the TLE Seal Program at:

Data Protection Addendums 

Since December 2014 the District has required vendors to sign a Data Protection Addendum (DPA) to prohibit student data mining or targeting marketing while requiring industry standards for encryption and security. As new district-wide contracts are signed and old contracts are renewed, the Data Protection Addendum is put into place. The goal is to ensure that all vendors (including teacher-initiated classroom-based tools) are either subject to a negotiated contract with the Data Protection Addendum or covered by new state or federal legislation regulating vendor practices. BVSD relies on contract negotiations with vendors to ensure the protection of student data.

If you are purchasing or seeking new software, please see information regarding the software approval process.  If you are renewing a contract with a vendor, please contact purchasing if there is not a DPA signed by this vendor.

See information regarding digital citizenship.

 Approved Software Vendors & the Data Protection Addendum (DPA)

IMG_2518.JPGThe Approved Software Vendor list provides the names of vendors who have signed BVSD's Data Protection Addendum (DPA). We require that vendors sign the DPA if they have a negotiated contract.

In the interest of maintaining innovative practices in the classroom, the Approved Software Vendor list excludes teacher-initiated classroom tools ("click-through" contracts). However, it is the teacher's responsibility to read and understand all click-through terms before accepting.

 Click-Through Contracts

Click-through contracts are the agreements you see before installing an app or extension in your Chrome browser, or before installing an online program. BVSD does not currently require a signed Data Protection Addendum (DPA) for teacher-initiated (or "click-through") contracts. 

To ensure BVSD is in compliance with student data privacy best practices and the new Colorado Student Data Privacy (HB-1423) law , the IT Department will keep a list of click-through online tools used in the classroom. Please check this list of "click through" tools to see if the click-through online tool you are using is already reported. If not, complete this short form to add your tool to the list. 

Read the End User Agreement or Privacy Policy on the company's website and use the following advice to help determine if the resource is safe to use. Here is some language to pay attention to in click-through contracts:

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 Federal Privacy Laws

CIPA - Children's Internet Protection Act

COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act