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December 2014

Notices to LEAs and SEAs Regarding Responsibilities under FERPA & PPRA

  • Notice to Chief State School Officers download files PDF (61 KB)
  • Notice to Superintendents download filesPDF (76 KB)
  • FERPA Model Notification of Rights for Elementary & Secondary Schools download files MS Word (33 KB)
  • FERPA Model Directory Information Notice download files MS Word (30 KB)
  • PPRA Model General Notice of Rights download files MS Word (34 KB)
  • PPRA Model Notice & Consent Opt-Out for Specific Activities download files MS Word (34 KB)

May 2014

  • Uninterrupted Scholar’s Act of 2013
    In January 2013, Congress passed the “Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)” which amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to permit educational agencies and institutions to disclose education records of students in foster care to State and county social service agencies or child welfare agencies. The statute also amended the requirement that educational agencies and institutions notify parents before complying with judicial orders and subpoenas in certain situations.
    • Guidance on the Amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, May 2014 download files PDF (136KB)
    • Webinar Recording Slides Transcript
    • Statutory amendment download files PDF | HTML

  • IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions download files PDF (470KB)

October 2012

  • FERPA Webinar for Elementary & Secondary School Officials
    • Webinar Slides download filesPDF (2 MB)
    • Webinar Transcript download filesPDF (247 KB)

March 2012

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January 2012

December 2011

  • FERPA 101 Webinar
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Final Regulations, 34 CFR Part 99 download files PDF (500K) | HTML
  • Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements.
    This guidance provides schools, LEAs, postsecondary institutions, and State educational authorities with information about requirements and best practices for data disclosures under the exceptions to FERPA's general consent requirement permitting disclosures to organizations conducting studies and disclosures to certain authorities for audits and evaluations of education programs. download files PDF (64K)

June 2011

  • Addressing Emergencies on Campus download files PDF (156K)

June 2010
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Disclosures
Related to Emergencies and Disasters download files MS Word | PDF

October 2009
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and H1N1 Guidance

This guidance answers questions that school officials may have concerning the disclosure of personally identifiable information from students' education records to outside entities when addressing an H1N1 flu outbreak. Understanding how, what, and when information can be shared is a critical part of preparedness. download files MS Word | PDF

December 9, 2008

Text of Final FERPA Regulations download files PDF (296K)

November 2008
FERPA-HIPAA Joint Guidance

This guidance addresses the interplay between FERPA and the HIPAA Privacy Rule at elementary and secondary levels, as well as at the postsecondary level and addresses many of the questions raised by school officials, health care professionals, and others regarding the applicability of these two laws to records maintained on students. download files PDF

April 21, 2004
FERPA Final Regulations Relating to Electronic Consent and Signature, 34 CFR Part 99

September 25, 2003
Dear Colleague Letter re: conditions under which institutions may disclose personally identifiable information from education records to Federal Student Aid (SFA) without consent.

download files MS Word | PDF

July 2, 2003
Joint Letter from Deputy Secretary Hansen and Under Secretary Chu (DoD) re: Military Recruiters

download files MS Word | PDF

October 09, 2002
Guidance on Access for and Disclosures to Military Recruiters

April 12, 2002
Guidance on FERPA and Anti-Terrorism Activities download files MS Word | PDF

July 6, 2000
Family Educational Rights and Privacy; Final Rule, 34 CFR Part 99 download files PDF (251K)

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