Parents Bill of Rights
The Beekmantown Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regulations (Education Law §2-d), the district is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security:
- A student’s personally identifiable information 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 Beekmantown Central School District. This right of inspection of records is consistent with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Under the more recently adopted regulations (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. The New York State Education Department (SED) will develop further policies and procedures related to these rights in the future.
- State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information 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 should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools. Complaints to SED should be directed to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234; the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. SED’s complaint process is under development and will be established through regulations from the department’s chief privacy officer, who has yet to be appointed.
Additional student data privacy information
This bill of rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the SED chief privacy officer, as well as emerging guidance documents from SED.
Parents Right to Know
Additionally, parents/legal guardians have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals, including: Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. This includes whether the teacher has state certification for the classes being taught; and information regarding the State-mandated annual professional performance review (APPR) effectiveness scores and final ratings of the teacher(s) and Principal assigned to their child for the current school year. To inquire about or obtain this information, call the District Office at 518-563-8250, extension 5501, and request to speak with the Secretary to the Superintendent. Alternatively, to inquire about or obtain this information, write a letter to the Principal of your child's school.
- New York State Department of Education guidance document
- U.S. Department of Education press release
Guidance for Schools Issued on How to Keep Parents Better Informed on the Data. They Collect on Students (PDF)?
- Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Recenty established one-stop resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy.