Ogdensburg Free Academy creating policies to protect student data
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 4:24 pm

BY MATT LINDSEY

North Country This Week

OGDENSBURG – Ogdensburg Free Academy school officials are working to create policies and procedures to protect student data and information.

The state education department has given a July 1 deadline for all districts to be compliant.

“We are working closely with our BOCES IT specialist in creating the necessary safeguards regarding student data,” said Kevin Kendall, OFA superintendent.

OFA is looking at its Student Management System, Schooltool, as well as other software that houses student information. Those programs include ClearTrack (special education) and NutriKids (school breakfast/lunch).

“The bulk of our software is purchased through BOCES or NERIC and they are working with each vendor to make certain that the data is protected and that their software is Ed Law 2-D compliant,” Kendall said.

Kendall serves as the district's data protection officer having been appointed in November.

The district will be updating its Parents Bill of Rights to include the requirements in Ed-Law 2-D.

“We hope to have the updates completed by February,” he said.