How does FERPA impact reports of COVID-19 at schools?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, prevents districts from releasing student’s education records, including health information.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. β€” It is a concern among parents β€” how to keep their kids safe at school during a pandemic.

They want to know all they can about who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in an effort to keep their child protected, but certain laws prevent them from knowing too much.

“One is public health, safety and welfare of others in the school who may come in contact with those with COVID versus the privacy interests of those students who do have COVID-19,” said Clay Calvert.

He’s the Director of the Marion B Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida.

The U-S Department of Education released a 9-page student privacy policy in March, relating to reporting protocols for schools and COVID-19.

Calvert says the Family Educational Rights

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