Data governance in LS R-7 – protecting our student and staff information
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is committed to protecting our students’ and staff’s secure and private information. The security, safety and protection of our student data is important to us and it is a significant responsibility that we honor and accept. Our district’s technology team operates from a comprehensive plan for securing our data – including vendor addendums and agreements, policies, procedures and practices that constantly and consistently evaluate the security of our platforms and our data.
Because we believe in students at the center of our instructional compass, we know that they must have access to the most relevant, engaging resources in environments that allow for creativity and independent navigation of tools and thought. Our students’ ability to have an online presence is part of our daily approach to teaching relevant and real-world applications. Our learning environment includes digital tools to help in this learning process.
Part of our teaching practice includes teaching students about their digital safety as well. Digital citizenship is an important part of this conversation. With this, our Lee’s Summit R-7 staff will be using district-approved apps and digital resources for instructional purposes this year. The district will work to ensure approved apps and resources that require the use of student data are compliant with COPA, FERPA and Board Policy while also ensuring student data is protected.
Not only are our teachers trained on how to evaluate potential resources, but we will also train our students on good data security practices as well. As part of this process, Lee’s Summit R-7 will be discontinuing access to the Chrome web store in late September and students will only be able to download district-approved apps and resources. This change is directly reflective of the need to constantly monitor and evaluate our digital offerings for student and staff data safety.