Digital Safety

Digital Safety
RRCSD believes that being safe online is just as important as being safe in the real world. This page will help you understand how we work to keep students, staff, and our community safe when working online.
Cybersecurity is a necessary and important part of security and communications for the district.  We work with the Ohio Cyber Reserve as we continue to improve on our implementation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.  All employees receive cybersecurity training and data privacy training.  NIST is a requirement that comes to academic institutions via Ohio Senate Bill 220. This bill requires academic institutions via their insurance providers to comply with NIST (or another framework) to allow for an affirmative defense (or indemnification) in cases of a data breach. This is especially required when institutions collect personal identifying information such as credit card payments or birth certificates. The district chose NIST for two reasons: (1) The Ohio Cyber Reserve was a local, free agency to work with and this is their preferred framework; (2) Connect ITC, which the district belongs to, and which the district needs to align with, also uses NIST.
Internet Filtering
All district internet traffic is filtered in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). In addition, RRCS employs additional safety and wellness measures through Gaggle to guard students (not staff) from dangerous online behaviors.
Device Monitoring
Teachers help their students when working online by employing Hapara as an instructional management tool to promote student engagement. Hapara gives teachers the tools to guide online behavior and help students stay on task. IT staff are also able to use Gopher Chrome and various other IT tools to monitor devices on the network for updates, etc.
Network and Vulnerability Monitoring
The district participates in weekly audits via the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These weekly audits require additional changes to infrastructure based on recent vulnerabilities. In addition, CISA provides two tabletop exercises for IT Staff to participate in to review processes related to irregularities as well evaluates staff risk behaviors through our training partner KnowBe4.  
Student Data Privacy
Rocky River City Schools values the privacy of its students, employees, and families/guardians.  Data privacy is your right to keep your person and your information to yourself.  Because we spend so much time engaged in activities online, data privacy has become an extremely important issue.  We are committed to being trusted caretakers of personal information within our responsibility.  RRCS also requires students, employees, and families/guardians to become educated on data privacy and security.

"Student data privacy (SDP) is the "ethical, and equitable collection, use, sharing, and protection of student data." Student Privacy Compass. To learn more about student data privacy, click on the links below:

RRCSD has a long tradition of maintaining student data privacy. This means that resources that your children use are carefully vetted by an attorney to ensure that the conform with the following Board Policies.  Parents also sign off on their usage during back-to-school form signing.
District Approved Online Resources
As part of our student data privacy process, any resource that collects data from students is reviewed by an attorney to ensure it meets district data privacy and instructional standards. In terms of student data, this information is used by educators to make the best decisions possible for the academic growth and achievement of our students.  Specifically, we often take the collected data to provide next steps for students as well as create goals guiding students.  Most personal student data stays local. However, some resources require us to share information with other vetted groups. In cases where data must be shared, we use the following two protocols ensure data security. (1) The district has a robust protocol for student account creation. We utilize a single sign on tool and rostering tools to create student accounts.  This automation of accounts means that accounts are created when students start using a resource and are shut off when we no longer use the resource, or the student leaves the district. (2) Students have easily accessible ways of accessing their learning tools that also protect their student data.  Any data that is shared is done so in a de-identified manner meaning, This means that no company, vendor, or third party employee will be able to ever associate data with your child. Through these two protocols, students can access their learning tools easily while maintaining their data privacy and security. The ways that students access these resources is through Canvas LMS or Clever. 
Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship is the ability to work within digital environments in a way that is safe and responsible. Lessons in digital citizenship are incorporated into RRCS curriculum and designed to help students engage in safe and appropriate behaviors when working online. Additionally, each unit of instruction, K-12, in all major content areas include technology integrations to ensure that students are prepared to use technology in real-world contexts.  
Multi-Factor Authentication 
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds one or more additional steps when logging in to ensure that you are who you say you are. MFA is especially crucial for resources that can access your bank account and/or credit information (such as a google log-in).  All staff in RRCSD must use Duo 2-Factor Authentication to comply with insurance requirements. 

Cybersecurity Tips for Public

Trusted Learning Environment 
The Rocky River City School District was awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal by The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), becoming just the second district in Ohio to earn the TLE Seal. The honor is a national distinction awarded to school districts that demonstrate a tangible commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices. Learn more here.
Digital Safety for Families
Digital safety begins with choosing good passwords to protect online assets. Here are some tips to help you choose good passwords.

Phishing--using email to entice someone into sharing personal data or following malicious links--is one of the most common forms of cybercrime. Learn how to protect yourself and those around you.

Home Network Security
Securing your home network is like putting a lock on your front door--you don't have to do it but why wouldn't you? Making sure your home network is secure keeps your personal devices from being an easy target for hackers. Here are some tips to securing your network.

Personal Data Privacy
Routinely checking your personal data privacy settings is important to safeguard your own data. Here are some resources to help you learn more.

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