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. We call it the Data Confirmation email.
Just send this email, which includes a private secure link directly to the parents that allows them to review their information, make any changes or updates and opt in or opt out of the system. Typically this is sent at the beginning of the school year but can be sent at any time. 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.