Reporting Crimes

September 2010 Do IDEA's discipline procedures allow school systems to report crimes that are committed by children with disabilities? Yes, they do, and that's the focus of this article, which looks at the section of IDEA's disciplinary procedures called "referral to and action by law enforcement and judicial authorities," found at §300.535 and reproduced at the bottom of the page, for your convenience. Discussion IDEA makes clear that … [Read more...]

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

_________________________________Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of Confidentiality and Access to Student Records at the CPIR is: repository/records/_________________________________ December 2010In … [Read more...]

Final amendments to FERPA

On December 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education published the final amendments to the regulations for implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the Federal Register. FERPA is meant to protect the privacy of education records while allowing for the effective use of data. The Federal Register notice can be accessed at:   … [Read more...]

Balancing school safety and student privacy: Guide to FERPA for schools

This pamphlet from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about FERPA and the steps that school officials are allowed to take in order to ensure school safety, including during health or safety emergencies. Also explained are whether FERPA applies to law enforcement unit records (collected by security staff at schools), security videos, and personal knowledge or observation. (posted November 5, 2012)  … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to