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 updated its Notification of Rights of Parents, Guardians & Eligible Students.
The updated document is 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 Notification of Rights of Parents, Guardians & Eligible Students explains the rights of parents, guardians and eleigble students to review and inspect education records as well as information regarding directory information.