Student and Family Privacy Rights
1. Third-Party Student Surveys and Questionnaires
Third party student surveys and questionnaires are those that are created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student. Third party student surveys and questionnaires shall be administered at the discretion of the Superintendent and only when they serve to advance the District’s educational objectives. Notice will be provided to parents prior to the administration of third party surveys or questionnaires and parents will, upon their request, be permitted to inspect the survey or questionnaire within a reasonable time of their request.
2. Surveys Requesting Personal Information
No student shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a District or third-party survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals the following information without prior written consent of his/her parent guardian:
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parent/guardian;
- Mental or psychological problems of a student or his/her family;
- Behavior or attitudes about sex;
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
- Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;
- Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
- Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents/guardians; or
- Income (other than required to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program)
School staff shall not disclose the identity of any student who, upon written consent of the parent/guardian, completes any survey or evaluation regarding the above items. Notice will be provided to parents prior to the administration of surveys or questionnaires concerning the above information and parents, upon their request, will be permitted to inspect the survey or questionnaire within a reasonable time of their request.
Selling or Marketing Students’ Personal Information Is Prohibited
No school official or staff member shall market or sell personal information concerning students (or otherwise provide that information to others for that purpose). The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including: (1) a student or parent's first and last name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (3) a telephone number, (4) a Social Security identification number or (5) driver’s license number or State identification card.
The above paragraph does not apply: (1) if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have consented; or (2) to the collection, disclosure or, use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:
- College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.
- Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products.
- Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools.
- Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments.
- The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities.
- Student recognition programs.
- Under no circumstances may a school official or staff member provide a student’s “personal information” to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.
Notification of Rights and Procedures
The Superintendent or designee shall notify students’ parents/guardians of:
- This policy as well as its availability upon request from the general administration office.
- How to opt their child or ward out of participation in activities as provided in this policy.
- The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled.
- How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.
This notification shall be given parents/guardians at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy.
LEGAL REF.: Protection of Pupil Rights, 20 U.S.C. §1232h.
Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental Empowerment Act, P.A. 93-462.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.37.
CROSS REF.: 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 6:210 (Instructional Materials), 6:220 (Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption), 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities)
Reviewed: December 19, 2005
Adopted: February 27, 2006