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Confidentiality, Privacy, and Student Records

Confidentiality, Privacy, and Student Records

  • The Department of Public Instruction offers a two-part, online training to help educators understand how to manage pupil records consistent with both state and federal laws. These trainings can fulfill the requirement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations to have employees who access special education records complete training (34 CFR 300.623).
  • Confidential Services Available to Youth in Wisconsin describes the circumstances under which youth may access confidential services independently under Wisconsin law. Statutory references are included.
  • The mission of the Family Policy Compliance Office within the federal Department of Education is to meet the needs of the Department's primary customers--learners of all ages--by effectively implementing two laws that seek to ensure student and parental rights in education: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment. Complaints under either FERPA or PPRA may be filed with the FPCO.
  • The Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information gives a general overview of privacy laws and professional practices that apply to the information collected for, and kept in, student records. It provides background on the key principles and concepts in student privacy, summarizes federal privacy laws and any recent changes to them, and suggests good data management practices for schools, districts, and state education agencies.
  • Protecting Student Privacy in Wisconsin includes links to state and federal websites; publications that address the issues of student confidentiality, privacy, and student records, and available online training.
  • Sharing Information Across Systems is an electronic publication of the Department of Public Instruction designed to help local school districts and their community partners develop local policies, procedures, and agreements regarding how they will share confidential information across systems (i.e., law enforcement, the courts and juvenile justice, social services, and health).
  • Student Records and Confidentiality is an electronic publication of the Department of Public Instruction that describes state and federal statutes related to student records, including definition, access and disclosure, maintenance and transfer of records, parents’ and students’ rights and access, and additional requirements related to special education.
  • The Wisconsin Court System Access website provides public access to the records of the Wisconsin circuit courts for counties using the Consolidated Court Automation Programs Case Management system. These records are open to public view under Wisconsin's Open Records law, sections 19.31-19.39, Wisconsin Statutes. This website can be helpful in conducting a search regarding criminal activity.
  • Wisconsin Records Retention Schedule for School Districts
For questions about this information, contact Julie Incitti (608) 266-0963