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H1N1 and FERPA Disclosures (December 2012 School Leader Update)


Since the flu season is fast approaching, now is a good time to revisit Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of health disclosures. There are no FERPA implications from reporting the number of absences from a school when personally identifiable information about a student is not released. This summary addresses only those questions that school districts (non-public elementary and secondary schools are not subject to FERPA) might have regarding the release of personally identifiable information regarding a student.

As a general rule, a parent (or eligible student) must provide active (i.e. written) consent before a local education agency (LEA) discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records unless a statutory exception applies.

The sample consent form and the FAQs from the U.S. Education Department appear on its website at

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 26, 2015 at 12:08pm.