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FERPA/Coppa/IDEA/PPRA Compliance and Student Privacy Rights


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

Below are a list of resources to learn more about FERPA:

Student Privacy 101: Student Privacy at the US Department of Education
FERPA Frequently Asked Questions
FERPA Guidelines for Parents and Students
Parents' Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Rights Regarding Children’s Education Records



Companies, vendors and other that the district works with must comply with COPPA.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.  For example, if your company is covered by COPPA, you need to have certain information in your privacy policy and get parental consent before collecting some types of information from kids under 13. 

FTC Compliance Guidelines



Additional Websites and Resources Related to Student Privacy

NJ State Resources related to Student Privacy

Federal Student Privacy Website

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
Early Childhood Data Privacy