How to Comply With Student Data Privacy Laws

Education law expert Rick Verstegen will take you step-by-step through the underlying case law. You will learn practical strategies to navigate this sensitive area.

What You'll Learn

  • What documents are “education records”?
  • When may you disclose records with or without student consent?
  • May you disclose records under health or safety emergencies?
  • How must you track record requests and disclosures?
  • When may you disclose records involving multiple students?
  • What technology issues and information security controls should you consider?
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Training Overview

When will you disclose student records? Learn your school’s current FERPA obligations.

Student privacy concerns are increasing dramatically this school year as educators face new challenges like ransomware attacks, and changing regulations regarding student gender identity. More than ever, it is important to verify and update your policies and procedures to ensure compliance with current laws.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) governs the disclosure of education records and personally identifiable information. While the basic requirements are straightforward, how to handle health or safety emergencies, disclosure of records of multiple students, and students’ amendment requests can be less clear.

You must know all the details to avoid complaints to the Department of Education, withholding of federal funding, and civil lawsuits.

  • What documents are “education records”?
  • When may you disclose records with or without student consent?
  • May you disclose records under health or safety emergencies?
  • How must you track record requests and disclosures?
  • When may you disclose records involving multiple students?
  • What technology issues and information security controls should you consider?
  • How can students, parents, and others request record changes?
  • How have student privacy laws and judicial viewpoints evolved?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Chief business and operations officers
  • Directors of special education
  • Student services directors
  • Technology directors
  • Information security staff
  • Business managers
  • School resource officers
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Athletic directors
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School