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Security, privacy, & infrastructure

Partner with a Company Embracing Student Data Security

PowerSchool, the leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions, is committed to being a good custodian of student data—taking all reasonable and appropriate countermeasures in ensuring data confidentiality, integrity and availability. We believe that the safe collection and management of student data is essential to student success within the 21st Century digital classroom.

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Take Control of Your Student Data

PowerSchool certifies the application, database and infrastructure security of our software solutions. PowerSchool customers own their student and school data; we have no rights to access or sell student or school data and we do not collect, maintain, use or share student personal information beyond that needed for authorized educational or school purposes, or as authorized by the parent or student.

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Our Pledge of Student Privacy

PowerSchool has signed the national Student Privacy Pledge regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The pledge states: “School service providers take responsibility to both support the effective use of student information and safeguard student privacy and information security.”

Ensure Stakeholders That Your Student Data is Safe

Schools and districts can communicate with confidence to shareholders that their student data is safe and secure.

PowerSchool compliance initiatives are driven by many regulations including FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations), HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Breach Laws, Data Residency Laws, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and state contracts for reporting. PowerSchool independently verifies the security management system to the internationally recognized standard for security management systems, ISO 27000.

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Give Parents Peace of Mind

Parents can rest assured that PowerSchool is a trusted, verified custodian of their children’s data. When a district or school partners with PowerSchool, parents and students are invited into the secure system and enter their information, with their consent. We create secure conventions for how the data is stored.

“PowerSchool is serious about being a good custodianship of student data. We are cautious and thoughtful about every piece of data that we store knowing that our constituents place a high degree of trust in us to manage their data with professionalism.”

Add Safety and Security with PowerSchool Hosting

PowerSchool Hosting allows districts to save money, reduce risk, and foster an effective and efficient technology environment with a reliable, secure, and responsive software environment. PowerSchool Hosting provides:

  • Reliability – with HVAC and power functioning continuously and industry-leading network uptime
  • Data encryption utilizing XTS-AES 256-bit data-at-rest encryption across the entire storage array
  • High bandwidth with lightning-fast 10 GBPS network connection
  • Professionally managed by team of highly trained specialists who run the infrastructure
  • Systems monitoring providing 24/7 real-time alerts, user activity monitoring, and malicious activity blocking
  • End-to-end fault tolerance, ensuring all backups, updates, patches, and server management are taken care of
  • Failover capabilities, including virtualized application servers within a high availability virtual environment

For non-hosted customers, PowerSchool provides detailed best practices and support to ensure data security.

PowerSchool hosts our environment and has done a great job. This eliminated the need to hire an individual at our Board to maintain the system. We never have to worry about loading releases and maintaining servers. For us, it was very cost effective.

Sandra Abell
ICT Data & Student Management London District Catholic School Board, ON
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