ERIC Number: ED314689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
Confidentiality of Children's Records. Education Memo No. 1.
This memo describes provisions in state and federal law relating to confidentiality and disclosure of children's records kept by law enforcement officers, courts, and schools. It does not discuss confidentiality of children's medical records or child abuse reports. These provisions are discussed: (1) law enforcement and court records of children are confidential records, to be released or disclosed only under limited circumstances set forth in the statutes; (2) records of children in the care or custody of an agency may not be disclosed except by the order of a court); and (3) school records (a) as a general rule all pupil records maintained by a public school must be kept confidential and school boards are required to adopt regulations to maintain the confidentiality of pupil records, (b) behavioral pupil records which include psychological tests, personality evaluations, written statements relating to an individual's personality are not progress records and must be released to an adult pupil or parent of a minor pupil, (c) directory data such as name, address, etc. may be disclosed providing the school has given public notice on the categories of information designated as directory data; (d) progress records must be shown to the pupil or the parent of a minor pupil, and (e) any school or institution to which federal funds are made available must comply with federal regulations relating to the privacy rights of parents and students. Sections of relevant laws are attached. (ABL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Legislative Council, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin