New Teacher Tips: Student Confidentiality
How to Maintain Student Confidentiality
Confidentiality is the requirement for keeping information confidential (secret). The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that information may not be shard with 3rd parties without a parent's or eligible students consent. Violation of this law may result in criminal and civil penalties as well as penalties imposed by the local Department of Education, school district, and/or state. Parents and students age 18 and over have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they feel that the school has failed to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-852 Their number is 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327).
Don't ever throw out papers in the garbage.Neverrip up papers by hand. Always shred papers or use an ID Theft Prevention Stamp so no one can read those papers.
Don't ever look at student information on the computer or paper during class and when students are in the room and never write IEPs during class and when students are in the room.Find another time.
Establish separate computers or accounts for student use of the computer.
Don't ever speak about students around 3rd parties.If you have to, don't use their names or use generic names such as John and Mary.
QuestionWhy is it important That you keep student information confidentialwikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo protect them from potential attackers or anyone who might take advantage of them.Thanks!
QuestionCan a teacher tell a parent about another student's medical issues?Community AnswerNo, this isn't appropriate. This is a matter of privacy. If someone has medical issues, they usually want the option to choose who they tell about it.Thanks!
- Report any teacher/staff member to the appropriate agency who has violated FERPA and other applicable confidentiality laws.
- Read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) law.
Video: Confidentiality in the School Setting
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