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Data Privacy & Security

District 96 takes the protection of your child’s data and personal information seriously. There are a number of policies and safeguards in place to ensure this protection. 

Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Students, teachers and administrators alike make daily use of digital and online resources* for collaboration, communication, consumption and creation of instructional materials and practices. These services are available through agreements between the resources and Riverside School District 96. Many of these resources are affiliated with an Internet domain purchased and owned by the school ( and are intended for educational use.

Since Web2.0 tools and other online resources are cloud based, they are typically accessible anywhere and on any device. Some even work when not connected to the Internet. District 96 staff will monitor student use of these resources when students are at school. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of these tools when at home. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times. Student safety is our highest priority.

Before District 96 can allow students to access these online resources, we are required to obtain parental consent due to the policies set forth by the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. District 96 takes every measure to ensure that no personal student information is collected for commercial purposes via these online resources. For more information related to COPPA, visit

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records: