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The complaint alleged that Student A’s confidential information was copied onto the back of Student B’s ARD paperwork and sent to the parent of Student B. Why would someone do that? It sure sounds like the type of thing that could happen if someone was temporarily inattentive at the copy machine. SPPO seems to agree with that, noting that the disclosure was likely “inadvertent.” To SPPO it doesn’t matter. The improper disclosure of confidential information is a FERPA violation, regardless of intent.
That’s your Friday FERPA Reminder. It’s Letter to Watson, issued by SPPO on June 24, 2021 and cited on Special Ed Connection at 121 LRP 32103.
DAWG BONE: INADVERTENT OR ADVERTENT. NO MATTER.
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