Student Online Personal Protection Act

The Frances Xavier Warde School takes the privacy of our students’ data seriously.  This page intends to make transparent the process for ensuring student data privacy.  FXW is working diligently to be compliant with the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) that went into effect July 1, 2021.
What are Data Privacy Agreements?

FXW leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our students’ data. If you would like to view the DPAs that FXW currently holds, please click the following link: 

What is SOPPA?

What happens to the student data that we send to a third party vendor?  Information like names, birthdates, etc… may be provided by FXW to a third party like Lexia, ALEKS, NWEA MAP, etc…  What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our students’ data is not sold or freely given to others?  This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.  As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with.  These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.

Helpful Videos & Links

The following laws are designed to protect student data, as well as explicitly state students’ and parents’ rights under the laws. We have provided an an overview for each law below.

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA): Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA): Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.