Privacy Rights of Parents and Students

  • Privacy Rights of Parents and Students

    The South Allegheny School District and its employees are required by Federal Law and State and Federal Rules and Regulations to protect the rights of parents and students.

    Any formal evaluation to determine eligibility for service under PA Chapters 14, 15 and 16 MUST be conducted with written Parent permission identifying the specific assessment measures utilized in the evaluation. Once this permission is granted, any information directly related to the student becomes part of the education record maintained by the district.

    When a student becomes eligible for services, members of the school district’s professional staff must implement Chapter 15 Service Agreements or Chapter 14 and 16 Individualized Education Programs. Aspects of the educational records must be released (strengths, needs, specially designed instruction, behavior support plans, etc.) to allow the staff members to provide service to the student. Beyond this “need to know”, Federal and State Law mandate that information about students cannot be disclosed without written parent consent.

    There are different categories of information, Educational Records and Personally Identifiable Information. Educational Records consist of information directly related to a student which are maintained by an educational agency. Personally Identifiable Information includes the student’s name, the name of the parent or other family members and a personally identifiable list of characteristics which would make the

    Student’s identity easily known. Educational Records and Personally Identifiable Information cannot be disclosed or released without written parental consent or if a student is 18 years of age or older, without student consent. The consent must: (1) specify the records that may be disclosed, (2) state the purpose of the disclosure (3) identify the party to whom the disclosure may be made. Furthermore, South Allegheny School District must maintain a written record of disclosure for the parents to inspect. Finally, the parents may obtain a copy of their child’s education record at any time by contacting the district’s Coordinator of Special Education and Student Services at 412-675-3070 Ext. 2305

    The South Allegheny School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and/or handicap in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights, or grievance procedures, contact r. Lisa N. Duval, Superintendent, South Allegheny School District, 2743 Washington Boulevard, Liberty Borough, McKeesport, PA 15133—Telephone 412-675-3070 Ext. 1101.