Student Privacy & Pandemics

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Welcome to Student Privacy Compass

Student Privacy Compass (formerly known as FERPA|Sherpa) is the student privacy resource center website. This site is your tool for finding information, news, and opinions on maintaining student data privacy. Student Privacy Compass is an initiative of the Future of Privacy Forum.

Educator Resources

Educators are the first line of defense in ensuring the privacy of student data. From ensuring sufficient passwords to selecting privacy-protective apps to teaching students about digital citizenship, educators have an essential role to play in securing student information.

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  • Engaging Parents and Families to Support the Recovery of Districts and Schools

    Nov 12, 2020Nancy Hill & Latoya Gayle

    This brief is one in a series aimed at providing K-12 education decision makers and advocates with an evidence base to ground discussions about how to best ser…

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  • Establishing a Robust Student Data Privacy Culture: Action Ideas for School Districts

    Nov 12, 2020

    CatchOn is committed to promoting student data privacy by helping school districts cultivate a culture that values appropriate data use and embraces data priva…

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Student Resources

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  • Other Resources

    COVID-19 Cybersecurity Considerations and Best Practices – CoSN

    Apr 10, 2020

    This resource by CoSN provides cybersecurity considerations and best practices for districts, educators, parents, and students to protect themselves from COVID…

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    Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students

    Jun 19, 2019

    Ever have questions about your rights regarding education records? This short video highlights the key points of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act …

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Parent Resources

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  • Engaging Parents and Families to Support the Recovery of Districts and Schools

    Nov 12, 2020Nancy Hill & Latoya Gayle

    This brief is one in a series aimed at providing K-12 education decision makers and advocates with an evidence base to ground discussions about how to best ser…

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Local Education Agency Resources

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  • Report

    Student Privacy and Special Education: An Educator’s Guide During and After COVID-19

    Aug 4, 2020

    COVID-19 has disrupted education and has forced schools to pivot quickly to a distance learning approach, which is often virtual. Using virtual learning produc…

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  • Report

    Forum Guide to Data Governance

    Jul 20, 2020

    The purpose of this resource is to highlight how data governance programs benefit education agencies and provide timely and useful best practices, examples, an…

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FERPA|Sherpa aims to provide a one-stop shop for education privacy-related resources to all stakeholders in the student privacy conversation: students, parents, educators and education agencies, the edtech industry, and policymakers struggling to grapple with the ever-changing student privacy legal landscape.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Not sure where to start? These questions provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about student privacy.

If you don’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to contact us.

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