Data Privacy

The Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to the safety and security of online activities and interactions for its students, staff, and parents. Students receive digital citizenship instruction regarding responsible online behavior. When you teach digital citizenship to students, you help students navigate cyberbullying, privacy, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas.


Data Privacy and App (Resource) Approval

In today’s world of advancing online resources teachers, students, and parents are benefiting from an ever increasing wealth of tools to support teaching and learning. The growth in these tools is extraordinary with great potential to improve student outcomes. Along with this explosion in growth of online learning tools, comes the inherent risks of leakage of data and understandable concerns over privacy.

FCPS has put a process in place to ensure that all resources (software, applications and websites) are reviewed for appropriate instructional use, compliance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Education Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) as well as Virginia policies to protect personally identifiable information of students, parents, and staff. There is a list of digital resources that have been vetted for both educational alignment and data privacy protections. Both Approved, Interim Approved, Pending, and Not Approved resources are included.

There are instances when a resource will be approved for student use, but may require parent/guardian permission to use. Staff must submit a digital resource for review before it can be used.


Privacy Resources

Student Data Privacy Consortium

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. 

Virginia belongs to the Consortium.

Student Privacy Compass

Student Privacy Compass 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 the Future of Privacy Forum.

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Common Sense Media

The Common Sense Privacy Program evaluates privacy policies so that parents and teachers can make smart choices about the learning tools they use with their children and students, and so that schools and districts can participate in improving the technology used in K–12 classrooms.

CoSN - Protecting Privacy

Educators and policymakers are increasingly realizing the potential in using student data to make informed decisions. But even with all that potential, balancing technology advances with the need to protect student privacy and data is a major challenge. CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative is here to help inform your efforts.

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Webinar - Privacy in the Classroom

Technology Services, in coordination with CoSN, hosted a webinar with Linnette Attai on the topic  Privacy in the Classroom. Linnette is the founder of PlayWell LLC a compliance consulting firm helping companies and districts navigate regulations and best practices surrounding data privacy and user safety, as well as security, product development and marketing. She works with schools and youth groups, teaching stakeholders how to manage online privacy and safety, and serves as Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) program. FCPS is member of the CoSN Privacy Imitative team, and has participated in reviews of divisions that have submitted their application for the TLE Seal.

The presentation slide deck, and the video of the webinar are only available to staff of Fauquier County Public Schools.