Software Procurement

Software and Internet Operators

School districts across the nation face increasing challenges and risks associated with software, internet services, and cybersecurity.

Software and internet operators who are interested in doing business with the District should submit the following 3 documents to, in a single email.

  1. The relevant Order Form.

  2. Their completed Request for Preliminary Information Form, unless they’ve already entered into an agreement with the District relative to their Standard Terms of Use/Service.

  3. The District’s SOPPA Addendum, or a confirmation in the Request for Preliminary Information Form that they are not subject to SOPPA.

Once all information is received, we can work with our colleagues in Information Technology, Risk Management, and the Office of General Counsel to determine the best way to proceed.

Please note: Due to the number of software and internet operators involved with the District, the procurement and negotiation process can take some time.  Additionally, certain agreements will require approval by the District Board.

Accordingly, operators should anticipate that the process of procurement, negotiation, and finalization can take about 4 weeks -- or longer, if Board action is needed.

What is SOPPA?

From the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act:
Sec. 3. Legislative intent. Schools today are increasingly using a wide range of beneficial online services and other technologies to help students learn, but concerns have been raised about whether sufficient safeguards exist to protect the privacy and security of data about students when it is collected by educational technology companies. This Act is intended to ensure that student data will be protected when it is collected by educational technology companies and that the data may be used for beneficial purposes such as providing personalized learning and innovative educational technologies. (Source: P.A. 100-315, eff. 8-24-17).

Recent Revisions to SOPPA go into effect on July 1, 2021.

Operators who will access covered information under SOPPA must submit the completed SOPPA Addendum to

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