YOF Student Data Privacy

The Yeshivah of Flatbush  utilizes ZOOM and other technology platforms and adheres to protocols having the appropriate security controls in place.  We are very guarded about who we share our student data with and we carefully make certain that student data cannot be used for tracking or data mining. Before we subscribe or purchase an online application or any software, we carefully review the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and work with our vendors to comply with CIPA and FERPA laws.
CIPA - Children's Internet Protection Act

In 2000, Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to help combat the growing concern of children accessing obscene or harmful content on the Internet. Any K-12 school or library that accepts certain federal funds is required to use a “technology protection measure” on every computer connected to the Internet to block or filter any harmful content. 


Schools and libraries who cannot certify that they have an Internet safety policy (including technology protection measures) may not qualify to receive their federal fund. CIPA requirements include the implementation of an Internet safety policy addressing: 

  • Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet 
  • The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications 
  • Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online
  •  Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors
  •  Measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them
FERPA-Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules. As a parent, you have the right to review your child's education records and to request changes under limited circumstances. To protect your child's privacy, the law generally requires schools to ask for written consent before disclosing your child's personally identifiable information to individuals other than you.

To protect your child's privacy, schools are generally prohibited from disclosing personally identifiable information about your child without your written consent. Exceptions to this rule include:
  • disclosures made to school officials with legitimate educational interests;

  • disclosures made to another school at which the student intends to enroll;

  • disclosures made to state or local education authorities for auditing or evaluating federal- or state-supported education programs, or enforcing federal laws that relate to those programs; and

  • disclosures including information the school has designated as "directory information."

FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in a student's education record that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information could include:
  • name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, and grade level;

  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports;

  • weight and height of members of athletic teams;

  • degrees, honors, and awards received; and

  • the most recent school attended.

A school may disclose directory information to anyone, without consent, if it has given parents: general notice of the information it has designated as "directory information;" the right to opt out of these disclosures; and the period of time they have to notify the school of their desire to opt out.

SOURCE FOR ABOVE: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/brochures/parents.html

If you have any questions or concerns with CIPA or FERPA, please contact:
Joe Cruz
Director of Information Technology

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