How does your system help us meet FERPA guidelines?

FERPA or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that requires schools to obtain written consent when disclosing personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. 

Under this law, they differentiate between disclosure of private information and what they consider "public" information.  From the law:  "Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent."   You can find more details here on the federal website:     http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/mndirectoryinfo.html 

MySchoolAnywhere comes with a pre-defined process that makes it super easy to have parents confirm their information each year.  All you need to do is send out an email directly to the parents and they can opt in or opt out of the system.  You can run stats and quickly see who has confirmed and you can resend or remind folks that haven't.  We also allow you to choose whether you are an "opt in" or "opt out" school at the time of graduation.  See the related article below for further details.