To protect your child's privacy, the law generally requires schools to ask for written consent before disclosing your child's personally identifiable information to individuals other than you.The following questions and answers are intended to help you understand your rights as a parent under FERPA.FERPA generally prohibits the improper disclosure of personally identifiable information derived from education records.Thus, information that an official obtained through personal knowledge or observation, or has heard orally from others, is not protected under FERPA.While this guidance reflects our best and most current interpretation of applicable FERPA requirements, it does not supersede the statute or regulations. Otherwise, both custodial and noncustodial parents have the right to access their children's education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records (except in certain circumstances specified in the FERPA regulations, some of which are discussed below), and the right to file a complaint with the Department.We will attempt to update this document from time to time in response to questions and concerns. When a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution, he or she becomes an "eligible student," and all rights under FERPA transfer from the parent to the student.If you have further questions, please contact the U. Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office using the contact information provided below.
As a parent, you have the right to review your child's education records and to request changes under limited circumstances.(1) In each school year, a board must approve a school plan for every school in the school district.(2) A board must make a school plan approved under subsection (1) available to the parents of students attending that school.