Under the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, parents have several rights. These include: the right to inspect and review educational records of their child, the right to challenge the content of those records, the right to control the release of educational records of their child, the right to complain to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Office about the school’s failure to comply with the law, and the right to be informed of these rights just listed. To obtain a copy of the Gwinnett County policies on their compliance with the law, or to request the opportunity to inspect and review your child’s records, contact your child’s school.
Gwinnett County Public Schools provide the student and his or her parent with important rights pertaining to student records. These rights include:
- the right to receive this information in a format understandable to the student and parent;
- the right to inspect and review student records by parents (and in the case of students over the age of eighteen, by students) within 45 days of the request and the right to have the records explained;
- the right to copies of student records;
- the right to challenge the content of student records and the procedures for doing so, including the availability of formal proceedings to resolve these disputes;
- the right to request that material be removed from student records and the procedures for doing so;
- the requirement of parental or student consent and methods of consent before the disclosure of student records except in certain specific circumstances;
- the rights of separated or divorced parents and legal guardians pertaining to student records;
- the schedule of destruction of particular student records;
- the content, location and particulars concerning permanent records, official records and supplemental records.
The student or parent may contact the local school for more information about the above list of rights.