Category Archives: Guidance, Memos, & Policy Letters

Confidentiality Toolkit

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This resource tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) supports state and local efforts by bringing greater clarity to the rules governing confidentiality in ACF and certain related programs by providing examples of how confidentiality requirements can be addressed and met in a manner fully consistent […]

A Little Privacy Please? Safeguarding the Privacy of Young Children with Disabilities under IDEA and FERPA

This webinar featured privacy and legal experts from the U.S. Department of Education discussing answers to frequently asked questions related to privacy and confidentiality for IDEA early childhood programs. This webinar directly supports OSEP’s recently-released document, Understanding the Confidentiality Requirement Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Presented by Susan Kauffman (OSEP), […]

Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality FAQs

Department of Education

OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a guidance document in 2016. Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions provides responses to frequently asked questions to facilitate and enhance states’ implementation of IDEA privacy and confidentiality provisions and can be used in conjunction with the 2014 side-by-side guide […]

Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs FAQS

Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) developed these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) — Part B section 611, Part B section 619, and Part C — with addressing privacy and confidentiality questions. Sections include General IDEA and FERPA […]

FERPA General Guidance for Parents

Department of Education

This guidance provides parents with general information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The document is a compilation and update of various letters and guidance documents previously issued that respond to a variety of questions about FERPA. FERPA General Guidance for Parents FERPA General Guidance for Parents (PDF)

IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions

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This 2014 document is a side-by-side comparison of the legal provisions and definitions in IDEA Part B, IDEA Part C and FERPA. It is intended to help differentiate these statutes and provide comparisons for the shared definitions. Published by: U.S. Department of Education FERPA/IDEA Cross-Walk

Joint Letter and Guidance with OSERS FPCO on FERPA Amendments by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act

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This 2014 letter provides guidance on the amendments to FERPA by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act that permit educational agencies and institutions to disclose education records of students in foster care to State and county social service agencies or child welfare agencies. The statute also amended the requirement that educational agencies and institutions notify parents before […]