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Data Privacy and Security Policies

Below are the Center Moriches School District’s Data Privacy and Security Policies. Many of these policies are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and as such, may be modified or amended as their regulations change. The Center Moriches School District will comply with all applicable NYSED laws and regulations in a reasonable manner in accordance with best practices. Please follow the links below to read the full policies.

Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
The Center Moriches 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.

8635 Data Security and Privacy
In accordance with New York State Education Law § 2-d, the Center Moriches U.F.S.D. hereby implements the requirements of Commissioner’s regulations (8 NYCRR part 121) and aligns its data security and privacy protocols with the National Institute for Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1 (NIST Cybersecurity Framework or “NIST CSF”).

3320 Confidentiality of Computerized Information
The development of centralized computer banks of educational data gives rise to the question of the maintenance of confidentiality of such data while still conforming to the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The safeguarding of confidential data from inappropriate use is essential to the success of the District's operation. Access to confidential computerized data shall be limited only to authorized personnel of the School District.

5672 Information Security Breach and Notification
The school district values the protection of private information of individuals in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Further, the district is required to notify affected individuals when there has been or is reasonably believed to have been a compromise of the individual's private information in compliance with the Information Security Breach and Notification Act and Board policy

7500 Compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Center Moriches Schools’ compliance with FERPA gives custodial and noncustodial parents alike certain rights with respect to their children’s education records, unless a school is provided with evidence that there is a court order or State law that specifically provides to the contrary

7580 Confidentiality of Student Records
Principals shall restrict access to student records to those members of the professional and administrative staff with legitimate educational interests in such records and whose duties require such access. 

8271 Children’s Internet Protection Act: Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the district has adopted and will enforce this Internet safety policy that ensures the use of technology protection measures (i.e., filtering or blocking of access to certain material on the Internet) on all district computers with Internet access. Such technology protection measures apply to Internet access by both adults and minors with regard to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or, with respect to the use of computers by minors, considered harmful to such students. Further, appropriate monitoring of online activities of minors, as determined by the building/program supervisor, will also be enforced to ensure the safety of students when accessing the Internet.

7315 Student use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy)
Generally the same standards of acceptable conduct, which apply to any school activity, shall apply to use of the DCS. This policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of the DCS; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all inappropriate usage.

6410 Staff Use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy)
The Board of Education will provide access to various computerized information resources through the District's Computer System ("DCS" hereafter) consisting of software, hardware, computer networks, servers and electronic communication systems. 

6411 Social Media
Social media are powerful communications tools that have a significant impact on organizational and professional reputations. Social media are defined as media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible publishing techniques.