Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act . From the moment a child enters the school system, sensitive information is collected about the child (and even the family) and maintained in educational records throughout the school years. .
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
From the moment a child enters the school system, sensitive information is collected about the child (and even the family) and maintained in educational records throughout the school years.
As a school district employee, you are responsible for knowing the privacy rights protected the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and protecting those rights.
Under FERPA, education records consist of “personally identifiable informationdirectly related to a student” that is maintained by an educational agency or institution.
Definition of Personally Identifiable Information:
A list of personal characteristics or other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable.
Indirect identifiers such as the student’s date or place of birth and mother’s maiden name.
Biometric records such as fingerprints, retina and iris patterns, voiceprints, DNA sequences, facial characteristics and handwriting
Even though districts can determine “legitimate educational interest,” regulations and guidelines have specified the following:
As part of your employment, you signed a confidentiality agreement, and violation of FERPA is considered a breach of contract.
Violation of FERPA can also impact the district, resulting in sanctions and loss of federal funding. Violations can result in an investigation and enforcement by the U.S. department of education upon receiving a formal complaint. Anyone can file the complaint.