Student Data Privacy

  • The Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to the safety and security of its students, including their online activities and interactions. Students receive digital citizenship instruction regarding responsible online behavior. When you teach digital citizenship to students, you help students navigate cyberbullying, privacy, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas. 

    In today’s world of advancing online resources teachers, students, and parents are benefiting from an ever increasing wealth of tools to support teaching and learning. The growth in these tools is extraordinary with great potential to improve student outcomes. Along with this explosion in growth of online learning tools, comes the inherent risks of leakage of student data and understandable concerns over student privacy.

    FCPS has put a process in place to ensure that all resources (software, applications and websites) are reviewed for appropriate instructional use, compliance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Education Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) as well as Virginia policies to protect personally identifiable information of both students and staff. There is a list of digital resources that have been vetted for both educational alignment and student data privacy protections. Both Approved, Not Approved, and Pending resources are included.

    There are instances when a resource will be approved, but may require parent/guardian permission to use if a parent/guardian opted out of releasing directory information. Staff must submit a digital resource for review before it can be used with students. The process for review can take six to eight weeks.