Instructional Technology

HFCSD is committed to using technology to support learning in our school and homes by building a community of learners that extends beyond the physical spaces of our buildings.  Our role is to provide guidance, oversight and support to successfully integrate technology into all aspects of teaching and learning.

As outlined in The Instructional Technology Plan below, this plan has implications for shifting the educational system and preparing students with the necessary technological skills for higher ed and employment. Through these supports and resources, the district will continue to deepen teachers’ and administrators’ understandings of the uses of technology to support learning and achievement. Under this vision of technology being an integral component to how we teach and learn, the goals we have outlined as a committee are consistent with and fully support current research of the 14 critical elements necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning.

Instructional Technology Plan

Every three years, school districts are required to submit an Instructional Technology Plan.  This plan serves as a guiding document for the integration of technology throughout the district. The attached plan below outlines the three goals for the 2018-2021 plan. We encourage anyone interested in being part of this committee to contact us to learn more.

View the Instructional Technology Plan here.

Smart Schools Plan

The Smart Schools Investment Plan was approved by voters in a statewide referendum in November 2014. The vote authorized the issuance of $2 billion to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure. A total of $2,189,224 was allocated to HFCSD.

The purpose of the Smart Schools Bond Act is to improve learning opportunities for students. Learn more about Hudson Falls’ Smart Schools Plan (Overview) here. 

View Hudson Falls’ Smart Schools Technology Plan here.

If you have trouble accessing this file, please contact the Help Desk at 518-681-4357.

Bill of Rights

BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Parents and eligible students can expect the following:
1. A student’s personally identifiable information (PII)2 cannot be sold or released for any commercial purpose.

2. The right to inspect and review the complete contents of the student’s education record stored or maintained by an educational agency.

3. State and federal laws, such as NYS Education Law §2-d and the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act, that protect the confidentiality of a student’s PII, and 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.

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

5. The right to have complaints about possible breaches and unauthorized
disclosures of student data addressed. Complaints may be submitted to NYSED online at www.nysed.gov/data-privacy-security, by mail to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234, by email to privacy@nysed.gov, or by telephone at 518-474-0937.

6. To be notified in accordance with applicable laws and regulations if a breach or unauthorized release of their student’s PII occurs.

7. Educational agency workers that handle PII will receive training on applicable state and federal laws, the educational agency’s policies, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices that protect PII.

8. Educational agency contracts with vendors that receive PII will address statutory and regulatory data privacy and security requirements.

Additional Student Data Privacy Information
This Bill of Rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the NYSED chief privacy officer, as well as emerging guidance documents from NYSED. For example, these changes/additions will include requirements for districts to share information about third-party contractors that have access to student data, including:

  • How the student, teacher or principal data will be used;
  • How the third-party contractors (and any subcontractors/ others with access to the data) will abide by data protection and security requirements;
  • What will happen to data when agreements with third-party contractors expire;
  • If and how parents, eligible students, teachers or principals may challenge the accuracy of data that is collected; and
  • Where data will be stored to ensure security and the security precautions taken to ensure the data is protected, including whether the data will be encrypted.