Education Law 2-d and Part 121 of the Commissioner’s Regulations outline requirements for school districts and BOCES related to the protection of the personally identifiable information of students, as well as some teacher and principal information.  As districts develop and refine continuity of education plans related to school closures they should be mindful of privacy and security laws and regulations. 
 When working with a third-party contractor, such as a computer software company, that receives student data, districts must ensure the contracts in place with these contractors are compliant with privacy and security laws and regulations. Agreements created in electronic form, sometimes referred to as a click wrap agreement, in which a user must agree to terms and conditions prior to using the product or service are subject to Education Law 2-d requirements.  For more information, contact your local RIC or BOCES.

General Information on Online/Distance Learning:

Continuity Planning and Emergency Preparedness (Online Learning Consortium): https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/continuity-planning-emergency-preparedness-resources

Best Practices in Online Learning (University of Illinois Board of Trustees): https://publish.illinois.edu/onlineinstruction/resources-best-practices-in-online-instruction/

How to Be a Better Online Teacher: Advice Guide (Chronicle of Higher Education): https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-online-teaching

So You Want to Temporarily Teach Online (Inside Higher Ed): https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/03/11/practical-advice-instructors-faced-abrupt-move-online-teaching-opinion

Helping teachers and students make the switch to remote learning (Microsoft): https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/11/helping-teachers-students-switch-remote-learning/

Explore distance learning resources for schools affected by COVID-19 (Google for Education): https://edu.google.com/latest-news/covid-19-support-resources/?modal_active=none

Transitioning to Online Learning: Pro Tips on What You Need to Know (ASCD Inservice): https://inservice.ascd.org/transitioning-to-online-learning-pro-tips-on-what-you-need-to-know

Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make it Work (EdSurge): https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-03-09-preparing-to-take-school-online-here-are-10-tips-to-make-it-work

10 strategies for online learning during a coronavirus outbreak (International Society for Technology in Education): https://www.iste.org/explore/10-strategies-online-learning-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Understanding the Impact of Coronavirus on K-12 Education: Weekly Webinar Series (International Society for Technology in Education and EdSurge): https://events.edsurge.com/webinars/understanding-the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-k-12-education/?_ga=2.160029821.1999570694.1584186179-250190693.1584186179