The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They have the right to:
- Inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the principal receives a request for access. (Parents or eligible students should submit a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The principal will notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.)
- Request in writing to the principal the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. (If the principal decides not to amend the record as requested, the principal will advise the parent or student of the decision and of their right to a hearing. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided.)
- Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the division as an administrator, supervisor, teacher or support staff member, including health staff members; a School Board member; a person or company with whom the division has contracted to perform a special task, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, therapist or contracted provider of web-based educational applications; or a parent, student or other volunteer helping another school official. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.)
- File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school division to comply with FERPA requirements.
The legal and ethical maintenance of student records is important, and the school system recognizes its responsibility to protect the rights and privacy of the student and parents and to adhere strictly to statutes designed to safeguard information in your child’s record. If you have questions, please contact the principal.