Friday, February 19, 2016

Parent Notice of Potential Release of Student Information

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently engaged in litigation with non-profit associations composed of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents and student data collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.

HJUHSD is NOT involved in this lawsuit and we have NOT been ordered to submit any student information to the courts.

However, local students and graduates may still be affected by this order.

The CDE has been ordered by the courts to release the “protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.”

Examples of the information in the CDE’s records include names, social security numbers, addresses, demographic data, course information, assessment results, and behavior and discipline records.

To comply with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws, the CDE is required to inform parents and students of the pending disclosure and has asked California school districts to assist in spreading the word.

Parents and students can object to the disclosure of students’ protected personal information and records by printing out, completing, and mailing to the court the "Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Case No. 2:11-CV-03471" form at the CDE's website by April 1, 2016.

For more information, please contact the CDE directly at (916) 319-0800.