Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)
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.
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 a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have
transferred are "eligible students."
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect
and review the student's education records maintained by the school.
Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons
such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students
to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request
that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.
If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible
student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the
school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible
student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth
his or her view about the contested information.
Generally, schools must have written permission from
the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a
student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose
those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the
following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
School officials with legitimate educational
interest. A school official has a
legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional
includes: staff employed by the
district including an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support
staff member including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit
personnel, a person serving on the school board, a person or company with
whom the district has contracted to perform a specific task (such as an
attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or a parent or student
serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary committee or
grievance committee, or assisting with another school official performing
his or her task.
Other schools to which a student is transferring (Upon
request, the district discloses educational records without consent to
officials of another district in which a student seeks or intends to
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid
to a student;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on
behalf of the school;
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice
system, pursuant to specific State law.
disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a
student's name, address, telephone number, email address, photos, videos, date
and place of birth, names of parents and siblings, honors and awards,
graduation confirmation and date, participation in extracurricular activities,
weight and height of interscholastic athletic team members, schools attended
throughout the district and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell
parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and
eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not
disclose directory information about them. Warwick School Districts permits parents to inform the district, in
writing, by September 15th or within 30 days of enrollment if they
deny this disclosure. Schools must
notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. At Warwick, we notify parents through the
printed calendar, on our website and in our parent/student handbooks.
information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals
who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.
The right to file a
complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged
failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and
address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605