• Privacy Act

    Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act (105 ILCS 75/1, et al.)

    An elementary school or high school may not request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website. 

    However, an elementary school or high school may conduct an investigation, and may require a student to cooperate in an investigation, if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, an elementary school or high school may require the student to share the content that is reported, in order to make a factual determination.  

    A student’s failure to cooperate in such investigation may lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. 

    Elementary and secondary school are required under law to notify its students and parents of this policy, by publishing it in the school’s disciplinary rules, policies, or handbook, or communicating it by similar means.