Special Services
Child Find

Homeless Students
Parent Resources

Special Services Staff

Sue Watson
Director of Special Services

Diane Higgins
Administrative Assistant

Shirley Kirkpatrick
Social Worker, Day Treatment

Judith Sternal
Speech Pathologist

Katie Taylor
Occupational Therapy


What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information and class schedules.  As a parent, you have the right to review your child's education records and to request changes under limited circumstances.  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.

My child's school won't show me her or his education records.  Does the school have to provide me with a copy of the records if I request them?
Schools must honor your request to review your child's education records within 45 days of receiving the request.  FERPA requires that schools provide parents with an opportunity to inspect and review education records, but not to receive copies, except in limited circumstances.

Who else gets to see my child's education records?
To protect your child's privacy, schools are generally prohibited from disclosing personally identifiable information about your child without your written consent.  Exceptions to this rule include:
  • disclosures made to school officials with legitimate educational interests;
  • disclosures made to another school at which the student intends to enroll;
  • disclosures made to state or local education authorities auditing or evaluating federal or state-supported education programs, or enforcing federal laws that relate to those programs; and
  • disclosures including information the school has designated as "directory information."
What is directory information?
FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in a student's education record that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  Directory information could include:
  • name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance and grade level;
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams;
  • degrees, honors and awards received; and
  • the most recent school attended.

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