Privacy / Confidentiality: FERPA AND TEACHERS GETTING DISCIPLINE NOTIFICATIONS

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Mack:  We have a program called “Educators Handbook” that we use for discipline at our school. Is there anything illegal (from a FERPA or HIPPA standpoint) about teachers getting discipline notifications about students under their supervision? I.e. if a teacher requests notifications for their student athletes when they are suspended (ISS or OSS) and they have an IEP, is the information used in the referral confidential?

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Sophie

Why don’t you give us a link to the handbook itself (you could scan if necessary) or type up the relevant paragraph? I didn’t completely understand.

FERPA is not hard to read — I’ll encourage you to give it a try.

The basic idea of FERPA is that your child’s privacy is protected. However, school employees, who are obligated to protect your child’s privacy with respect to non-school employees, will obviously need information about your child’s educational record in order to educate him or her.

That’s the general idea.