Data, Privacy & Security

New York State Education Law 2-D

Pertains to the unathorized release of personally identifiable information. 

The Board of Regents adopted Part 121 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education on January 13, 2020. These rules will implement Education Law Section 2-d and provide guidance to educational agencies and their third-party contractors on ways to strengthen data privacy and security to protect student data and annual professional performance review data. The regulation went through multiple sets of revisions and three rounds of public comments and will go into effect January 29, 2020.  It will apply to both charter and traditional public schools. We thank the members of the Data Privacy Advisory Council, implementation planning and drafting workgroups that supported the Department’s Chief Privacy Officer, Temitope Akinyemi, through this process.

Source: NYSED.gov

Internet Safety Policy (Abridged): It is the philosophy of the Hicksville Public Schools that the integration of technology with the curriculum is an essential part of instruction. At the same time, there is an inherent responsibility on the part of users to conduct themselves in an appropriate and considerate manner when using this medium. The internet contains a rich array of educational content as well as information that is illegal or inappropriate for children. Therefore, internet resources are filtered for inappropriate content, students are educated about internet safety and appropriate online behavior, and student use is monitored and supervised by staff. However, the security, accuracy and quality of information that is available through our network cannot be guaranteed. While the guidelines that follow have been developed to ensure responsible use of our computer network and the internet, we respect each family’s right to deny independent internet use by their children in school.

Parent/Guardian Option: A parent/guardian may deny their child independent access to the internet at any time by submitting a letter to the school. However, teacher-directed internet activities are part of our curriculum and not subject to parent/guardian authorization. Such activities may include the use of various online educational Web sites and services that may require students to set up individual user accounts, with the minimum required personal information, solely for the purpose of accessing such services in connection with approved classroom instruction. Unless a parent/guardian denies such access for their child, students will be permitted to set up their accounts, with the consent of their teachers, in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

 Complaints should be directed to:

Information Technology Department
Hicksville Public Schools
200 Division Avenue, Hicksville NY 11801
(516) 733-2170

OR

Complaints can also be directed to the New York State Education Department online at http://nysed.gov.data-privacy-security,

by mail:
Chief Privacy Officer New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234

Email: privacy@mail.nysed.gov Telephone at 518-474-0937