Privacy Policy

Parents’ Bill Of Rights For Student Data Privacy And Security

Equality Charter School, in recognition of the risk of identity theft and unwarranted invasion of privacy, affirms its commitment to safeguarding student personally identifiable information (PII) in educational records from unauthorized access or disclosure in accordance with State and Federal law. Equality Charter School establishes the following parental bill of rights:

Student PII will be collected and disclosed only as necessary to achieve educational purposes in accordance with State and Federal Law.

A student’s personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any marketing or commercial purposes by the School or any third party contractor. The School will not sell student personally identifiable information and will not release it for marketing or commercial purposes, other than directory information released by the School in accordance with School policy.

Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record, including portions of the record that are stored electronically, even when the record is maintained by a third-party contractor.

State and federal laws, such as NYS Education Law §2-d and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, protect the confidentiality of students’ personally identifiable information. Safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls, and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.

A complete list of all student data elements collected by the State Education Department is available for public review at http://nysed.gov.data-privacy-security or by writing to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234

Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches and unauthorized disclosures of student data addressed. Complaints should be directed to Sepand Gousheh , Data Privacy Officer, Equality Charter School, located at 4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East, Bronx NY 10475, phone number 718-459-9597 Ext 3110, or by email at sepand.gousheh@equalitycharterschool.org. Complaints can also be directed to the New York State Education Department online at http://nysed.gov.data-privacy-security, by mail to the Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234 or by email to privacy@mail.nysed.gov or by telephone at 5178-474-0937.

Parents have the right to be notified in accordance to applicable laws and regulations if a breach or unauthorized release of their student’s PII occurs.

Parents can expect that all School employees who handle PII will receive annual training on applicable federal and state laws, regulations, the School’s policies and safeguards which will be in alignment with industry standards and best practices to protect PII.

In the event that the School engages a third-party provider to deliver student educational services, the contractor or subcontractors will be obligated to adhere to State and Federal Laws to safeguard student PII. Parents can request information about third party contractors by contacting Sepand Gousheh, Data Privacy Officer, Equality Charter School, located at 4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East, Bronx NY 10475, phone number 718-517-3169, or by email at sepand.gousheh@equalitycharterschool.org. or can access the information on the School’s website www.equalitycharterschool.org