FERPA - What Does it Mean to Me?

Technology and data empower learning and enrich education in the St. Vrain Valley Schools. They also require new opportunities for us to protect sensitive student information. The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law put in place to do just that. As school district staff, we must be extremely careful to take privacy into consideration, especially with all the technological tools at our disposal.  FERPA protects the privacy of students by requiring Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to be kept confidential. Personally Identifiable Information includes but is not limited to:

  • Student’s Name
  • Name of Parents/Family Members
  • Address of Student or Family
  • ID Number
  • Personal Characteristics

So what does this mean for you? We must be conscientious of the fact that just because we have the ability to post information online or distribute information via the internet, those avenues are not secure methods of data sharing. Do not provide student PII to any outside source (including educational service providers, parent groups, etc.) without district approval.

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