FERPA - NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18
years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.
These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day
the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the
School principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The
School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of
the time and place where the records may be inspected.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent
or eligible student believes are inaccurate.
Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is
inaccurate. They should write the School principal, clearly identify the part of the record they
want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record
as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible
student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for
amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the
parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in
the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials
with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as
an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical
staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or
company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney,
auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official
in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged
failures by the School District 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 20202-4605
FERPA - MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ACT
The school district shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applied to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.
A student may be considered eligible for services as a ''Homeless Child or Youth'' under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living:
- In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program
- In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives
- At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building
- In temporary or transitional foster care placement
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, eligible students have rights to: Immediate enrollment: Documentation and immunization records cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.
School Selection: McKinney Vento eligible students have a right to select from the following schools:
- The school he/she attended when permanently housed (School of Origin)
- The school in which he/she was last enrolled (School of Origin)
- The school in the attendance area in which the student currently resides (School of Residency)
- In Maricopa County, Thomas J. Pappas School
The student may also remain enrolled in his/her selected school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which they are permanently housed.
Participate in programs for which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc.
Transportation Services: A McKinney-Vento eligible student attending his/her School of Origin has a right to transportation to and from the School of Origin.
Dispute Resolution: If you disagree with school officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of a homeless child or youth, you may file a complaint with the school district. The school district must respond and attempt to resolve it quickly. During the dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation until the matter is resolved. The Homeless Liaison will assist you in making decision, providing notice of any appeal process, and filling out dispute forms.
For more information, refer to:
http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/homeless/ or contact:
Mattie McVey Homeless Education Coordinator Arizona Department of Education 1535 W. Jefferson Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4963 firstname.lastname@example.org