The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends school beyond the high school level.
To protect your child's privacy, the law generally requires schools to ask for written consent from you before disclosing personally identifiable information from your child's education records (student information) to others.
However, FERPA does permit schools to disclose your student's information without your consent under limited circumstances. For example, your child's information may be disclosed to another school in which your child is enrolling, or to local emergency responders in connection with a health or safety emergency.
The U.S. Department of Education has revised its regulations governing the implementation of FERPA by schools, districts, and States. These revisions change several of the exceptions to FERPA's consent rule.
For more information about FERPA regulations and your rights under FERPA, please visit the links below:
- FERPA Notice for Directory Information
- Protection of Pupil's Rights Amendment (PPRA)
- FERPA Rights for Elementary and Secondary Schools
- PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out
- FERPA General Guidance for Students
For more information, please visit the FERPA website.