Administrative Procedure 180
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY
The Division recognizes that information in its control and custody is governed in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, respecting the right of access to information and protection of individual privacy. Staff must balance the requirement to facilitate routine access to and active dissemination of recorded information with the obligation to protect the privacy of individuals in accordance with the FOIP Act.
- The Superintendent has been named the Head of the Local Public Body for the purposes of FOIP.
- The Division Principal shall act in the capacity of FOIP Co-ordinator for the Division.
- The Principal/Director shall be responsible to ensure the protection of personal information in his/her school/department. The Principal/Director shall direct inquiries about disclosure of information to the FOIP Co-ordinator.
- All Division employees are expected to assist with the administration of FOIP and the protection of personal information as defined in the FOIP Act.
- All Division policies, administrative procedures, and routine disclosures shall be consistent with the FOIP Act.
- The Division shall, in accordance with the FOIP Act, stipulate the manner in which its agents collect, use, disclose, safeguard, and dispose of personal information.
- Information shall be collected directly from the individual or parent/guardian. At the time of collection, the individual must be notified of the:
- Purpose for which the information is being collected.
- Specific legal authority for the collection.
- Title and contact information of who can answer questions about the collection.
- No personal information may be collected unless collection is specifically authorized by the School Act, other provincial legislation, or the information relates directly to and is necessary for an operating program or activity of the Division.
- Administration shall ensure the appropriate form is used for the collection of personal information as follows:
- The information provided through the online New Student Registration and Returning Student Registration processes satisfy the Division’s requirement to notify the parent/guardian of the ways in which the personal information may be used in the school context.
- The Consent for Media or Third-Party Use of Student Information Form (Form 180-1) ensures informed consent from the parent/guardian when interviews are undertaken or when photos, videos, or videoconferences are taken/used by the media or an outside organization and where an individual student is identified by name or face, and the material is to be used for purposes outside of the school.
- The Collection and Use of Student's Personal Information (FOIP) Form (Form 180-2) ensures informed consent from the parent/guardian when posting any student personal information, including name, grade, individual photographs, group/class photographs, and/or participation in extracurricular activities to the school or Division website or social media accounts. This consent is collected on the online New Student Registration Form and reaffirmed annually on the Returning Student Registration Form.
- The Teacher Portfolio Permission Form - Student Work and Images (Form 180-3) ensures informed consent from the parent/guardian when a staff member wants to include student work and/or photographs or video that may include a child's image or likeness as part of his/her teaching portfolio.
- In accordance with the FOIP Act, staff shall follow the guidelines outlined in the Division Best Practices Regarding Use of Personal Information (Appendix 180-A).
- The Division shall allow an individual or parent/guardian the right of access to his/her own personal information, and for that individual to access records in the Division's custody or control subject only to those limited and specific exceptions stated in the FOIP Act.
- The Division has a duty to maintain accurate and complete personal information that is used to make decisions. Under the FOIP Act, an individual has the right to request a correction when the applicant believes an error or omission has been made.
- All formal FOIP requests shall immediately be forwarded to the FOIP Co-ordinator for action.
- All persons making a request for release of information shall be notified of the appeal procedures related to FOIP.
- A Directory of Personal Information Banks shall be compiled, maintained, and made available to the public as outlined in the FOIP Act.
- All information breaches shall be reported to the FOIP Co-ordinator. Action and communication surrounding the breach will be co-ordinated according to the FOIP Act and Division internal processes.
- Request for information fees shall be assessed and charged up to the maximum allowable in the FOIP Regulation.
Section 60, 61, 75, 113, 116 School Act
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
FOIP Regulation 200/95
Last updated: June 2018