Student Online Personal Protection Act - SOPPA

As part of your child's education, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 partners with education technology (“ed tech”) companies to provide services such as digital curriculum, educational resources, and analytical tools. We the privacy and online safety of our students very seriously, and have always taken steps to guard closely the student data collected within our networks or by the online resources we use in our schools. District 97 is committed to protecting the information security and privacy of our students in accordance with the latest version of the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA). SOPPA is the data privacy law that regulates student data collection and use by schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and ed tech vendors.

On August 23, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law an amended version of SOPPA that gives parents greater control over student data. Among the changes is a new requirement to enact breach notifications that are available to the public. SOPPA also requires Illinois school districts to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by ed tech companies and used for beneficial purposes only. The law is effective July 1, 2021.

District 97 Approved Online Resources

LearnPlatform - D97 Online Resources and Applications

This list includes the online services or applications that the district uses, the contracts signed by the district, and any data collected by those tools or by the district. Teachers and staff can fill out this form to request the district to verify if an application or tool is SOPPA compliant. The District 97 Technology Department regularly updates and verifies applications and tools.

Video Overviews of Data Privacy Laws