The Family 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. Included in its provisions is the requirement that schools provide annual notice of Rights and Protections to its enrolled students. Historically this notice has been included in student handbooks.

The Hudson School District has recently revised its Annual Notification of FERPA rights. You will find the updated documents below. It is important for parents to note that FERPA limits the kind of information that can be shared without parental consent to directory information. It is this FERPA allowance that permits schools to release student names and photos to yearbook companies, post student achievements in the local newspaper, and include participant names on playbills or concert programs. Some parents may prefer to opt out of the release of directory information. The documents below include detailed content on directory information as well as instructions for what to do in the event that you prefer not to have your child’s directory information released.

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) -Notice for Directory Information