FERPA Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Annual Notification and Rights of Parents
FERPA regulations require that local education agencies give annual notification to parents and eligible students of their rights under FERPA (34 CFR § 99.7). The law does not require agencies to notify parents and eligible students individually, but agencies must provide notification where they are likely to see it. In addition, education institutions must make provisions to effectively inform individuals with a disability or whose primary language is not English.
The annual notification process must ensure that parents understand that they have the right to:
- inspect and review their child's record;
- seek to amend the record if they believe it to be inaccurate;
- consent (or not) to disclosures of personally identifiable information; and
- file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the district's failures to comply with FERPA.