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SRUSD Allowed Applications 

Allowed applications are approved software programs for educational use. For most of the allowed applications, student data privacy agreements are necessary documents that outline the terms and conditions for handling student data responsibly and ensuring compliance with privacy regulations. They play a crucial role in protecting student privacy, maintaining trust, and mitigating risks associated with digital tools in educational environments.

  • The SRUSD Educational Technology Department is currently placing a moratorium on new educational application purchases to ensure that any application purchased complies with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act)  and the California Student Data Privacy Protection Act (CSDPPA). This involves developing an application request process, educating staff and students in regard to online privacy, conducting a comprehensive assessment of each application requested, evaluating the vendor's data privacy and security practices, and negotiating a data privacy agreement with the vendor. By taking these [steps, SRUSD can ensure that student data is adequately protected and that we are in compliance with all relevant privacy laws and regulations.

    Cybersecurity threats are increasingly becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, particularly in the education sector. Educational institutions are particularly attractive targets for hackers due to the vast amounts of personal and sensitive data that they hold. Cybersecurity breaches can result in the unauthorized access, theft, or manipulation of staff and student data, putting their privacy and security at risk. Therefore, it is crucial for the educational technology department to conduct a thorough assessment of any educational application intended for purchase to ensure it has adequate security measures to safeguard staff and student data.

    FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) are federal laws that protect the privacy and security of students' personally identifiable information (PII). These laws place strict regulations on the collection, storage, and sharing of student data by educational institutions and their vendors. Therefore, any educational application purchased must comply with FERPA and COPPA regulations to ensure that student data is adequately protected.

    Additionally, California has recently introduced the California Student Data Privacy Protection Act (CSDPPA), which places additional obligations on educational institutions and their vendors to protect student data. The CSDPPA requires educational institutions to evaluate and assess the privacy and security practices of their vendors, and to ensure that any contract or agreement with a vendor includes specific provisions relating to student data privacy and security. Therefore, the educational technology department is taking additional steps to ensure that any educational application purchased complies with the CSDPPA.

    To address these concerns, the Educational Technology Department is taking necessary steps to acquire new and existing applications using a data privacy agreement. A data privacy agreement is a contractual agreement between the educational institution and the vendor that outlines the terms and conditions for the collection, use, storage, and sharing of student data.

    Under a data privacy agreement, the vendor must provide assurances that they will comply with all relevant privacy laws and regulations, including FERPA, COPPA, and the CSDPPA. The agreement also outlines the specific measures that the vendor will take to ensure the security and privacy of student data, such as data encryption, access controls, and regular security audits.

    Acquiring new and existing applications using a data privacy agreement can provide several benefits for the educational institution, including:

    1. Increased protection of student data - By requiring vendors to comply with strict data privacy and security standards, the educational institution can minimize the risk of cybersecurity breaches and protect the privacy of student data.
    2. Legal compliance - A data privacy agreement ensures that the educational institution is in compliance with all relevant privacy laws and regulations, such as FERPA, COPPA, and the CSDPPA.
    3. Transparent data practices - By requiring vendors to provide transparency regarding their data practices, the educational institution can ensure that students and parents are aware of how their data is being used and protected.
    4. Improved vendor management - By establishing clear expectations and standards for data privacy and security, the educational institution can effectively manage their relationships with vendors and ensure that they are meeting their obligations.

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Tech Dperatment Projects and Supports

District Network & Wireless Service

The Santa Rita Union School District's Internet network was originally designed and implemented in 2000. Since that time, there have been numerous changes and upgrades made, as a result of E-rate funding or bonds, providing sites with the latest networking technology. Broadband access is the District standard, and our bandwidth at all schools: 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, MOT building and district offices is 5 Gigabyte, and currently supports a myriad of 5,000 devices via 220 WiFi Access Points, including computers, laptops, Chromebooks, tables and display devices. In February 2024 we upgraded our network across the district and installed new access points to inrease and improve connectivity.  We are planning for future dramatic growth in both web-based and digital content. We are also transitioning to a cloud based data center to assist with storage and security.   The needs of the curriculum and instruction drives our network upgrades.  It is essential our learning resources are available anywhere and anytime.

 

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Student Information System  

The Santa Rita Union School District will uses Aeries Student Information System (SIS)  It provides our teachers, administrators, parents, and students controlled access to student information via a Web browser interface and mobile app access

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1 to 1 Device Initiative district-wide

We are successfully implimenting a 1 to 1 device initiative using Google Education on Chromebooks from TK through 8th grade.  Our 3rd-8th grade students are issued a Chromebook during the school year.  At the TK-2nd grade level,s we utilize Chromebook carts in every classroom for student use.  Currently touchscreen Chromebooks are used (K-2) and non-touch (3-8) while we are transitioning to Dell 2-in1 Chromebooks that have touch/tablet cabilities for all students,

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District-wide Educational Technology Integration

Working in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum, the district's Educational and Information Technology Department assists in providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation, and administration of technological programs to support instructional services across the district including education computing systems, technical support services, software/hardware acquisition, and system design/installation. Additionally, we provide support for planning, assessment, and data collection of innovative projects and staff professional development.

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Computer Repair & Network Support

The Santa Rita Union School District's Technology Department provides computer system supports and repairs both on site as well as in the district office.  Through the online Mojo Help Desk, all district staff members can submit requests for service. Additionally, district staff and srudents can drop off devices with their library media techs for repair (in most cases).   

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Online Security & Digital Citizenship

The Santa Rita Union School District's Educational and Information Technology Department takes electronic security very seriously.  As a public education agency, the district operates in context of complex regulations including the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).and many other federal, state, and local laws.   In conjunction with our vendor partners, Google, Managed Methods and Linewize, we defend information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording, or destruction.

Krisha Kerr-Poole

Krisha Kerr-Poole, M.S.
Director of Technology and Innovation / AVID District Director
 

Hussam Ibrahim

Hussam Ibrahim, B.S.
IT Mamager
 

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez
Computer Technician     
 

Samuel Perez

Samuel Perez
Computer Technician
 

Gilbert Caserez

Computer Technician