Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.

K-12 Education: FERPA

Setting the Context

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

NAEHCY Resources

FERPA and Homelessness: A Technical Assistance Tool for NAEHCY Members
This NAEHCY document seeks to explain FERPA’s basic provisions and how schools can protect children and youth who are homeless while appropriately sharing educational information.
Download the document.

Federal Resources

Read the full text of FERPA
Read FERPA Regulations (34 CFR Part 99)
Read FERPA Policy Guidance (Disclosure of Student Information Related to Emergencies and Disasters)

Other Resources

National Center for Education Statistics
Read Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information: A Resource for Schools

NAEHCY 2018 Conference
Anaheim, CA
October 27-30, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Homeless Students in ESEA Reauthorization
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