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Common Sense District Privacy Consortium

As part of a continuous effort to improve our student privacy and data protection systems; we are proud to announce that Camdenton School District has recently been welcomed to the:

 Common Sense District Privacy Consortium.

  •  The foundational purpose of this group is to gain continuous instructional feedback on how to use educational technology in ways that uphold and respect the privacy of the learner and the instructor.
  • This is an organization of representatives from school districts across the country who meet monthly to share information about commonly used Edtech Apps in order to help inform and shape priorities about which services might need to be reviewed. 
  • Members focus on both sharing and learning from each other's processes for reviewing new technology applications, including any documentation provided to teachers. 
  • The consortium remains committed to using privacy evaluations as part of their vetting process of educational applications used in the classroom.

In addition to our participation in the Common Sense Consortium, we continue our additional cyber security safety processes:

  • Use of ChromeBooks which have a high level of built-in security. 
  • School policy which only allows approved apps and extensions to be loaded onto ChromeBooks. This includes an extensive vetting process utilizing district stakeholders as well as third-party resources for approving all software applications.  
  • Student privacy and security policies for the most frequently used software applications are posted for parents on the district website.
  • The district utilizes DNS (Domain Name System) filtering to block malicious websites and filter out harmful or inappropriate content. This ensures that student data remains secure and allows the district to protect students and staff while utilizing the internet. This also allows the district to meet the federal student safety and privacy requirements. 
  • The district has a network intrusion detection and prevention system that utilizes real-time traffic analysis and packet logging to detect and thwart cyber attacks.
  • The district uses an SEM (Security Event Manager) to log and analyze events from the servers and firewall. This provides an additional layer of security as well as a baseline data set to monitor security over time. 
  • The district employs antivirus and antimalware software on both servers as well as certain individual machines.
  • The district recently upgraded the network switches and servers to utilize VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) segmentation and segregation. This provides an extra layer of security to minimize the impact of any potential data or security breaches. 
  • The technology department now blocks RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to enhance security except for vetted users.

We welcome questions and concerns! Feel free to contact us at: dstarkey@camdentonschools.org