In the mid-1970's, two laws were passed that addressed the issue of confidentiality of student education records and personally identifiable information. The first of these, passed in 1974, amended in 1996, is the Family educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). It is also known as the Buckley Amendment. Under FERPA, parents and students over 18 are granted very specific and extensive rights regarding confidential information contained in education records. If effect, parents are give the right to inspect, control to a degree, and challenge information maintained on their child. 34 CFR Part 99 (99.1-99.67)
The second law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed in 1975 and re-authorized in 1997 to address services to students with disabilities in public schools. One section of this law deals with confidentiality of student records and incorporates the provision of FERPA. Together, the two laws protect the rights of all parents and students in public education institutions. 34 CFR (300.129, 33.560-300.576)
The materials listed below will explain how these laws affect all Tri-County employees and the employees of Tri-County member districts who have access to knowledge about the students in these schools.
Tri-County requires that all employees review the Confidentiality Handbook and sign the statement of understanding regarding the proper care and handling of confidential student records.
Tri-County Confidentiality Handbook
- When you have reviewed the handbook, please print this signature page and return it to your building principal.
More detailed guides, should you need further information:
Helpful forms (These are all provided in Microsoft Word format, and should be edited to add appropriate school district information before use.)