ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish School Board took a step in providing added security for its students by adopting more stringent privacy and education record protection at a special meeting Tuesday .
The steps were taken to safeguard a student’s personally identifiable information, which includes name, address, parents and family members, Social Security number, date and place of birth, and biometric records. It also protects information that is linkable to a specific student such as medical, educational, financial or employment information.
“This is a good policy to protect student data privacy,” Superintendent Hollis Milton said. “This is a common-sense approach to do something we need to do, which is protect student privacy.”
Coordinator of Technical Services Leslie McClure said the law went into effect Aug. 1 and she will attend various open houses at each school to explain the new policy and answer questions from parents and students.
Act 837 was passed in 2014 to add more privacy protections for students. Because of implementation challenges to that law, the author, state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, added amendments in 2015 to clarify some of the language in the original legislation.
“I think we’re in better shape now as far as protecting our students,” Milton said.