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The U.S. Department of Education's regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), commonly known as the Buckley Amendment, give parents the right to inspect and review their child's education records (including any student data stored an dmaintained by the District), seek amendments to information in their child's educational records that may be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's privacy rights, consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, and file a complaint with the Department for alleged failure of a school to comply with FERPA.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A “school official” includes  a person employed by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer,  contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

All requests for records should be made to the Pupil Personnel Services Department. All applicable fees and charges are as BOE policy.

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