for School Officials

Communicating with Parents and Students


School Officials should also explore better ways to communicate with parents and students how student data is being used. While FERPA requires schools to provide an annual notification of parent’s and eligible student’s FERPA rights, this can occasionally be little more than a rote legal notice. Both parents and students are better served when they understand how data is used in schools, and school officials should consider ways to explain their technology, data, and privacy policies in a friendly manner.

iKeepSafe recently released a “Privacy K-12 Curriculum Matrix” that provides educators with suggested learning activities, discussion guides, vocabulary, and more–all according to specific age groups.

Several noteworthy examples of state and district efforts to communicate information with parents: