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ERIC Number: ED471215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Primer for Maintaining Accurate Special Education Records and Meeting Confidentiality Requirements When Serving Children with Disabilities--Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Copenhaver, John
This manual is intended to provide schools with guidance in complying with federal laws and regulations regarding record keeping and confidentiality in their services to students with disabilities. Part 1 focuses on requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which ensures student/parent access to education records and limits disclosures to others. It provides definitions and then summarizes requirements concerning access rights, fees, and prior consent. Fourteen common questions relative to records and confidentiality are answered next. The exceptions to prohibiting disclosure of educational records are highlighted and include a letter from the Department of Education that addresses the issues of transmitting records by fax or computer. Part 2 then addresses issues of privacy and confidentiality relating to working with children with disabilities, including general rules for maintaining confidentiality and protecting the privacy of student special education records. An article, "Privacy of School Records: What Every Teacher Should Know" by Timothy S. Hartshorne and Lyman W. Boomer is included. Part 3 focuses on special education records and considers staff training, content of special education files, acceptance of special education records, case manager/record locator, and record destruction. Sample forms are provided. Part 4 presents the text of the federal regulations to FERPA. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Utah State Univ., 1780 North Research Parkway, Suite 112, Logan, UT 84341. Tel: 435-752-0238; Fax: 435-753-9750; e-mail: ; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974