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Am I Allowed Access to My Child’s School Records in Connecticut?

Although the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act serves to protect the privacy of student educational records, it also requires school districts and schools to give parents and students access to the student’s records and an opportunity to seek to have records amended if they believe the records need correcting.  Further, schools must annually notify parents and eligible students of their rights under this act.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.

What Is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in Connecticut?

FERPA is a federal law created in 1974.  This law protects, with some exceptions, the privacy of student educational records.  It requires schools, school districts, and federally-funded institutions to keep personally identifiable information contained in a student’s records confidential unless:

  1. the parents of students under age 18, or students age 18 or older, consent to disclose it; or
  2. one of the legal exceptions to the confidentiality requirement applies.

The law also permits local school districts to adopt a policy that designates certain student information as “directory information” that may be disclosed without prior consent, but districts must notify parents of this policy and allow them to opt-out of having the district disclose directory information.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.