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Data Privacy During Virtual Learning:


During times of virtual learning school districts may wish to review and update their data privacy policy and procedures. This web page is intended to provide resources for school districts as they research virtual learning and data privacy. The resources provided are not the only resources available nor should they necessarily be considered the final authority on the subject. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommends districts review their policies and procedures along with local legal counsel when implementing practices around data privacy.

DPI Resources

Department of Health Resources


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA During COVID -19

This webinar recording provided by the United States Department of Education provides useful information for districts on FERPA during times of virtual learning. (Slides)

Department of Education Resources



The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.