Student Data Privacy

July 1, 2021 the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) goes into effect for the State of Illinois. This page is to serve as resource for Vandalia Community School District #203 staff, students and families.


Important Data Privacy Laws


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)


Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.

Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.

Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.

Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.


Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)

Vandalia CUSD #203 leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our student's data. If you would like to view the DPAs that Vandalia CUSD #203 current holds, please click the following link.






VCUSD #203 Technology Support Team


Chipman Schmidt

Technology Director


Kent Kistler

Technology Support


Julie Lay

Technology Integration Specialist