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.