The Technology department at Palm Springs Unified School District takes the privacy and confidentiality of student data very serious. All Student Information System users are required to abide by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, which mandates that information contained ina student's educational record be kept confidential.
WHAT IS FERPA?
FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Department of Education.
WHAT IS AN EDUCATIONAL RECORD?
Education records include a range of information about a student that is maintained in schools in any recorded way, such as handwriting, print, computer media, video or audio tape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Examples are:
- Date and place of birth, parent(s) and/or guardian addresses, and where parents can be contacted in emergencies
- Grades, test scores, courses taken, academic specializations and activities, and official letters regarding a student's status in school
- Special education records
- Disciplinary records
- Medical and health records that the school creates or collects and maintains
- Documentation of attendance, schools attended, courses taken, awards conferred, and degrees earned
- Personal information such as a student's identification code, social security number, picture, or other information that would make it easy to identify or locate a student
Download a copy of PSUSD's Student Information System Confidentiality Agreement here.