FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: March 2020

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The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that school officials may have had concerning the disclosure of personally identifiable information from students’ education records to outside entities when addressing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).   

For a Spanish language version, please click here (https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ferpa-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-spanish)

Do federal privacy laws allow schools to disclose information about cases of COVID-19? Today, we are reminding schools of this guidance and answering four of the most common questions that schools may face regarding privacy and the COVID-19 pandemic in the following blog post. May Schools Disclose Information about Cases of COVID-19?

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