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Data Security

Burke County Schools is entrusted with personal student information, and we take protecting this information seriously. In addition to following industry-standard security procedures internally and requiring a comparable level of security from our external providers, we also comply with all applicable privacy laws that govern our collecting, use, and sharing of student personal information.

It is the intent of the Digital Learning & Teaching Department to create an environment within the district that maintains system security, data integrity, and privacy by preventing unauthorized access to data and by preventing misuse of, damage to, or loss of data. The Superintendent has authorized the Chief Information Officer to establish, implement, and maintain data and information security measures. These policies, standards, guidelines, processes, and procedures apply to all students and employees of the district, contractual third parties and agents of the district, and volunteers who have access to district data systems or data. The Data Security & Governance Guide outlines procedures and standards regarding data governance, data security, and individual privacy protection.


The district subscribes to the data principles of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability

  • Confidentiality addresses the idea that personal information in our care should be protected from unauthorized access. This includes following  the principle of ‘least privilege.’ This principle states that access to student personal information should be granted to our personnel and to our third-party partners only on a need-to-know basis.

  • Integrity means that we try to ensure that personal information remains accurate and up-to-date, including ensuring that the information is not tampered with or changed without authorization.

  • Availability ensures that the core data services that contain personal information remain available to those who are authorized to access them.

Board of Education Policies

Data Privacy Laws

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    • Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.
    • Provides parents with certain rights to their child’s education record, including the right to review their child’s education record and request to amend it if it is factually inaccurate.
  • Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
    • Requires that we filter our network to prevent students from accessing harmful content, provide an internet safety curriculum, and monitor electronic communications as part of a program that provides us with federal discounts for internet access and other technology services.
  • Schools are legally required to keep student data secure and safe
  • Here are the laws to know:
    • Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
    • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
    • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
    • NC Senate Bill 49 "Chapter 114A. "Parents' Bill of Rights

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