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FERPA for Schools

FERPA for Schools

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

It is the responsibility of all employees to abide by the requirements of FERPA. (see Policy 1040 and Policy 1040A).
School professionals who have a legitimate educational interest in sharing private student educational data should not discuss student information in community areas such as:
  • Hallways
  • Lounges
  • Parking lots

Furthermore, privacy of information can often not be guaranteed when emailing and faxing. School staff should carefully weigh the risks of the communication methods they use. Overall, school staff should refrain from discussing personal student information in public areas and be aware of the security risks of the communication methods used when sharing private student data, such as in emails.
–MDE Data Privacy (Protecting the Privacy of Student Educational Records)


Directory Information

FERPA allows schools and districts to designate certain basic student information as “directory information” and share that information without consent if certain additional requirements are met. (read more in MPS Policy 1040A: Procedures, Responsibility and Enforcement).


U.S. Department of Education Resources