Data Privacy and Security
New York State Education Law 2-D
Pertains to the unauthorized 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.
The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District is committed to protecting the privacy and security of each and every student’s data. Parents should be aware of the following rights they have concerning their child’s data.
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to enact policies that provide privacy for student, teacher and principal data in accordance with law. This is particularly relevant in the context of the administration of student data which is collected, surveys that collect personal information, the disclosure of personal information for marketing purposes and in conducting physical exams.
The School District maintains students', teachers’ and principals’ private information, personally
identifiable information, and education records on data management systems and recognizes its
responsibility to protect the privacy of student data, including personally identifiable
information, and its obligation to notify students and their parents, teachers and principals when
a data security breach has/may have resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, this
information. Therefore, the School District has implemented privacy and security measures
designed to protect student data stored in its student data management systems. These measures
include reviewing information systems to identify where personally identifiable information is
stored and used, and monitoring data systems to protect against and detect potential breaches. In
the event of a breach or suspected breach, the School District will promptly take steps to validate
the breach, mitigate any loss or damage, and notify law enforcement, if necessary.
This is to advise you of your rights with respect to the school records relating to (your son) (your daughter) (you) pursuant to the Federal “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.”
Parents of a student under 18, or a student 18 or older, have a right to inspect and review any and all official records, files, and data directly related to their children, including all material that is incorporated into each student’s cumulative record folder, and intended for school use or to be available to parties outside the school or school system, and specifically including, but not necessarily limited to, identifying data, academic work completed, level of achievement (grades, standardized achievement test scores), attendance data, scores on standardized intelligence, aptitude, and psychological tests, interest inventory results, health data, family background information, teacher or counselor ratings and observations, and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns.
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Data Protection Contacts
NYSED Chief Privacy Officer BMCHSD Data Protection Officer
89 Washington Avenue, EB 152 Joseph Innaco, Director of Administrative & Instructional Technology
Albany, NY 12234 1260 Meadowbrook Road
Phone: 518-474-0937 North Merrick, NY 11566