Category Archives: FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records.

Questions and Answers about Education Records

See the DoE PDF file here. Questions and Answers about Education Records
A. What are education records and what are their uses?
1. What are education records?
2. What can I use education records for?
3. Where are education records located?
4. What should I do if I am a migrant student and my education records are located in multiple different schools? … Read the rest

Filing a Complaint Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

[This information from here] Who may file a complaint? A parent of a student under the age of 18 at an elementary or secondary school or a student who is at least 18 years of age or attending a postsecondary institution at any age (“eligible student”) may file a written complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) regarding an alleged violation of a school’s failure to comply with his or her rights under FERPA.    … Read the rest

Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

MS Word (35 KB) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  These rights are:
  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the [Name of school (“School”)] receives a request for access.
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FERPA Model Notice for Directory Information

MS Word (34 KB) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that [School District], with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, [School District] may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.  … Read the rest

FERPA General Guidance for Parents

PDF (41 KB) En español  PDF The following guidance provides parents with general information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This document is a compilation and update of various letters and guidance documents previously issued that respond to a variety of questions about FERPA. While this guidance reflects our best and most current interpretation of applicable FERPA requirements, it does not supersede the statute or regulations. … Read the rest

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

(link to original) Welcome to the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) page for parents, students, and school officials. This page contains FAQs and resources regarding parents’ rights under the PPRA and education officials’ obligations in implementing the PPRA.  The PPRA applies to the programs and activities of a State educational agency (SEA), local educational agency (LEA), or other recipient of funds under any program funded by the U.S. … Read the rest

Dear Colleague Letter to School Officials at Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) issued a draft Dear Colleague Letter in August 2015, soliciting public comment on several issues related to the privacy of student medical records at institutions of higher education (“institutions”). After considering the comments received , the Department is issuing this final letter, which
  1. makes relatively minor changes to clarify intent,
  2. discusses litigation holds , and
  3. indicates that it is a best practice for institutions to notify students of the privacy of their medical records at the time they receive treatment.
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FERPA General Guidance for Students

The following guidance provides eligible students with general information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This document is a compilation and update of various letters and guidance documents previously issued that respond to a variety of questions about FERPA. … Read the rest