TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA SERVICES

  • LCS Technology Department: Supporting a learning culture that empowers students to become active, innovative, and globally-aware citizens in a digital world without walls.

    To effectively support our students, faculty and staff, the technology department works in partnership with our media coordinators and curriculum teams to help teachers create more student-centered classrooms. Support and coaching is provided to ensure the learning opportunities for students reflect the skills and knowledge needed to compete in our ever-changing digital environment.


     

  • Third-Party Vendor Purchasing Contracts when requiring PII from Lexington City Schools

    Lexington City Schools (LCS) is mandated to safeguard student data in accordance with North Carolina's General Statute 115C, Article 29. Given the exponential increases in the use of online classroom tools coupled with the heightened cybersecurity threats, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is setting new standards starting January 1, 2024, aimed at preventing unauthorized student PII (Personal Identifiable Information) breaches.

    Third-party entities seeking student PII from LCS must undergo a detailed vetting procedure. This procedure is extensive, demanding significant time and resources from the third-party company. The findings from this procedure will help assess the robustness of a third-party's IT infrastructure, which directly affects their capability to secure LCS student data. Both LCS and NC DPI's strict measures underscore the critical importance they place on student data protection.

    The guidelines to follow are primarily rooted in the state's IT protocols as stipulated by the North Carolina Division of Information Technology (NC DIT), which in turn are based on the NIST 800-53 framework.

    To comply, third-party companies should adhere to the detailed steps provided. After all documentation is submitted, LCS will evaluate and provide feedback. Once approved, the documents will be sent to DPI for a final decision.

    It's important to note: Contracts signed before January 1, 2024, get a grace period of one year to meet these standards. Contracts signed from January 1, 2024, onwards must ensure full compliance before LCS can share student data.

    Steps for Third Party Vendors requiring access to PII


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    Ms. Terrie Holshouser, Director
    tholshouser@lexcs.org
    (336)242-1527

     

    Mr. Kevin Pope, Technician
    kpope@lexcs.org

     

    Mr. Ty Swicegood, Technician
    tswicegood@lexcs.org

     

    Mr. Sykith Teup, Technician
    kteup@lexcs.org