To help ensure Saskatchewan school divisions clearly understand the legislation regarding privacy and access, an LAFOIP Stakeholder Committee was formed to develop resources regarding The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP), which is the privacy legislation that is applied to local authorities in Saskatchewan. It was developed in 1993.
Boards of education (boards) arguably collect more information about students than any other public service. Boards not only have access to education records but also to health and justice records, for example.
The committee was developed as a result of the teachers’ Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement between boards, the government of Saskatchewan and the teachers of Saskatchewan in 2011. To be inclusive of K-12 education sector partners in Saskatchewan the committee was comprised of members from the following organizations:
- Saskatchewan School Boards Association;
- Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation;
- Saskatchewan Ministry of Education;
- League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan; and
- Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials.
Through the work of the committee the goal was to develop a consistent understanding of privacy issues in Saskatchewan schools.
Feedback was been sought from a number of stakeholders and the following outcomes were committed to:
- develop and distribute the material online with this website;
- a written guide will be developed and provided to all school divisions and sector organizations; and
- seminars and webinars regarding these topics will be presented to stakeholder groups to develop more comprehensive understandings of rights and responsibility under the Act.
Issues regarding collection, retention and disposal of records, custody and access, social media, privacy breaches, and an overview of privacy legislation are addressed as part of the committee’s work and are stored on this website.