CFISD earns national student data privacy designation

January 25, 2019

Eric Pina (left) and James Costello (middle), CFISD cybersecurity analysts, and Jennifer Miller, director of cybersecurity, acquisitions and performance excellence, were integral in CFISD being awarded the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal on Jan. 16 from the Consortium for School Networking. It’s among 17 total districts across the nation and three in Texas to earn the privacy distinction.
Eric Pina (left) and James Costello (middle), CFISD cybersecurity analysts, and Jennifer Miller, director of cybersecurity, acquisitions and performance excellence, were integral in CFISD being awarded the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal on Jan. 16 from the Consortium for School Networking. It’s among 17 total districts across the nation and three in Texas to earn the privacy distinction.

Jan. 25, 2019—In demonstrating a commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD was awarded the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal on Jan. 16 from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

CFISD joins 16 other districts across the nation and two others in Texas in earning the national privacy distinction. With 91 campuses and more than 116,000 students, CFISD is the second-largest school district among those awarded the TLE Seal.

“Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is honored to have received the Trusted Learning TLE SealEnvironment Seal distinction,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “We have worked diligently with district leadership, staff and students to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to secure information. Our team understands that earning this distinction is not the end of this process, but only the beginning. We will continue to implement and improve security measures regularly in order to deliver a ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ for our community.”

According to CoSN, school districts receiving the TLE Seal demonstrated strong student data privacy practices in the following areas:

  • Leadership, by providing the guidance,      frameworks and resources to direct the use and governance of student data      in a manner that is transparent to all stakeholders;
  • Business, by establishing vetting      processes and contracts for technology providers that, at minimum, address      applicable compliance with laws while supporting innovation;
  • Data security, by implementing strong data      protection practices across all media and auditing regularly to maintain      high thresholds over time;
  • Professional development,      by requiring school staff to conduct privacy and security training and      offering related resources to all stakeholders in the community; and
  • Classroom, by implementing educational      procedures and processes to ensure transparency and build privacy      knowledge while advancing curricular goals.

As TLE Seal recipients, the designated school districts will be required to maintain their commitment to improving student data privacy practices and reapply for the designation every two years.

Developed for K-12 school systems of all governance structures, the TLE Seal was formed through a collective effort from school system leaders nationwide and program partners. Their input identified steps schools should take in addition to regulatory compliance to help ensure student data privacy and security.

“Congratulations to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD for its proven leadership in carrying out critical, impactful privacy work,” said Keith Kruger, CoSN CEO. “It joins a unique group of districts that have earned this national seal, and we are excited about the seal’s continued growth in Texas and across the country.”

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