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Data Privacy & Security

Effective and responsible use of data forms the cornerstone of informed decision-making in today's educational institutions, with a primary focus on enhancing student performance. Accurate data capture is not only essential for meeting public, state, and federal reporting obligations but also for creating precise school and district performance reports. Complementing the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), Cabarrus County Schools has implemented supplementary guidelines and stringent processes to bolster the privacy of every student and to guarantee the confidentiality and security of all data collected and managed. This commitment extends beyond legal compliance, emphasizing the ethical and responsible use of data to respect the rights and dignity of students and their families. In essence, data-driven decision-making and robust data protection measures are integral components of Cabarrus County Schools' dedication to delivering quality education while safeguarding the privacy and security of student information.


What Data Cabarrus County School Maintains

Student Demographics

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Address
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Gender

• Enrollment

  • State Assigned Student Identifier (SASID)
  • School
  • District
  • Grade level
  • Entry/Exit date/type
  • Courses completed
  • Course Educator ID

• Program Participation

  • Title I
  • Special Education/Gifted
  • Free/reduced lunch
  • English Language Learner
  • Migrant status

How Cabarrus County Schools Safeguards this Data

• Access Control

  • Identity Management (Authentication/ Authorization)
  • Strong password
    • 90-day expiration
    • Local access management
  • Access logging/monitoring (device & location)
  • Intrusion penetration/vulnerability Testing
  • All-staff security awareness training

• Encryption

  • Use of State Assigned Student ID (SASID) and encrypted SASID to isolate student data from student names
  • Multi-level database encryption

• Secure Transit

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol with Secure Socket Layer (HTTPS)

• Physical security

  • Controlled building and Data Center access
  • Video surveillance

Student and Parent Cybersecurity Awareness Tools

Children’s Interactive Cybersecurity Activity Kit (linked)

Security Awareness for Your Home (linked)