Student Data Privacy FAQs

Buffalo School District RE4J cares deeply about the privacy of our students. We are committed to ensuring that their data is protected in every instance and that we are in compliance with the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act (HB 16-1423) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Buffalo School District RE4J has always protected student data. The new Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act is helping to reinforce this protection by focusing on:

  • Reinforcing protocol for using software and working with vendors
  • Transparency for our community on what student data the CDE and DCSD collects and how it is collected
  • Bringing greater awareness of elements to look for on click-through contracts for free online apps

What information do we collect and submit to the Colorado Department of Education?

Colorado Department of Education's data elements are available in either a 
summary or detailed list.

Buffalo School District data elements.

How do we use and share this information?

The District uses information about students to support student learning, evaluate teachers, adjust and refine its instructional and operational practices, and comply with various state and federal data collection requirements. For more information about how school districts gather and use data, please visit the following links:

Local Policies
In accordance with CRS 22-16-107, the Board has approved Board policies addressing student information privacy and protection.  JRCB*JRCB*-R

District Contracts with School Service Providers
A School Service Contract Provider is an entity that provides a service subject to a formal, negotiated contract. Effective August 10, 2016 for any new or renewal contracts, Contract Providers must agree to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes sections 22-16-108 to 22-16-110. 

A list of School Service Contract Providers with whom Buffalo School District RE4J has negotiated agreements is available here: List of School Service Contract Providers coming soon.

Note: the district is currently working to provide a complete list of School Service Contract Providers and their contracts. This list will continue to be updated as contracts are made available online.

On-Demand Providers
School Service On-Demand Provider is an entity that provides a service subject to agreement to standard, non-negotiable terms and conditions of service established by the provider.

A list of School Service On-Demand Providers used by at least one employee for school services is available here: List of School Service On-Demand Providers (coming soon)

Providers may be used with only particular grade levels, classrooms, or schools, and are not necessarily used district-wide. This list will be updated at the beginning and mid-point of each school year.

NOTICE TO ON-DEMAND PROVIDERS: if Buffalo School District RE4J ceases to use, or refuses to use an on-demand school service provider pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 22-16-107 (3)(c), the district will post the name of the on-demand provider, accompanied by any written response that the on-demand provider may submit, on this website, and will notify the Colorado Department of Education which will post on its website the on-demand provider's name and any written response.

Privacy Laws

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