The Computer Resource Center at HDCS has the responsibility to:
- Plan for the computing needs of HDCS.
- Purchase, Install and Maintain the necessary computing infrastructure, equipment and applications.
- Develop approprate computer curriculum for our students.
- Assist faculty and staff with their educational technology progress.
- Make the computing environment at HDCS safe for students and adults at HDCS.
The Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment within its schools. All forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, are unacceptable and, to the extent such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the School District, offenders shall be subject to appropriate staff intervention, which may result in administrative discipline.
Education Law 2-d
Parents and eligible students1 can expect the following:
- A student’s personally identifiable information (PII)2 cannot be sold or released for any commercial purpose.
- The right to inspect and review the complete contents of the student’s education record stored or maintained by an educational agency.
- State and federal laws,3 such as NYS Education Law §2-d and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, that protect the confidentiality of a student’s PII, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls, and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.
- A complete list of all student data elements collected by Hermon DeKalb CSD is available for public review by writing to: Data Protection Officer, 709 E. Dekalb Rd., DeKalb Jct., NY, 13630.
- The right to have complaints about possible breaches and unauthorized disclosures of student data addressed. Complaints may be submitted by mail to: Data Protection Officer, 709 E. Dekalb Rd., DeKalb Jct., NY, 13630, by email to email@example.com, or by telephone at 315-347-3442
- To be notified in accordance with applicable laws and regulations if a breach or unauthorized release of their student’s PII occurs.
- Educational agency workers that handle PII will receive training on applicable state and federal laws, the educational agency’s policies, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices that protect PII.
- Educational agency contracts with vendors that receive PII will address statutory and regulatory data privacy and security requirements.
1 “Parent” means a parent, legal guardian, or person in parental relation to a student. These rights may not apply to parents of eligible students defined as a student eighteen years or older. “Eligible Student” means a student 18 years and older.
2 “Personally identifiable information,” as applied to student data, means personally identifiable information as defined in section 99.3 of title thirty-four of the code of federal regulations implementing the family educational rights and privacy act, section twelve hundred thirty-two-g of title twenty of the United States code, and, as applied to teacher or principal data, means “personally identifying information” as such term is used in subdivision ten of section three thousand twelve-c of this chapter.
3 Information about other state and federal laws that protect student data such as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, and NY’s Personal Privacy Protection Law can be found at http://www.nysed.gov/student-data-privacy/federal-laws-protect-student-data.
The District is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of student data and teacher and principal data and will follow all applicable laws and regulations for the handling and storage of this data in the District and when disclosing or releasing it to others, including, but not limited to, third-party contractors. The District adopts this policy to implement the requirements of Education Law Section 2-d and its implementing regulations, as well as to align the District's data privacy and security practices with the National Institute for Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was approved by New York State voters in 2014 and authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA allocation for Hermon-DeKalb Central School District is $585,590.
The SSBA requires that a district submits a Smart Schools Investment Plan before any funds may be made available for the program.