The Department of Education is the federal agency responsible for providing guidance to schools, students, and parents on FERPA. The agency has pumped out a number of guidance modules on FERPA during this rough time in our world.
FERPA COVID-19 Resources
The following resources address how FERPA plays into the current COVID-19 mess we are facing including educating students from home given the self-isolation orders issued in many states and cities. Much of the information reflects the standards previously issued by the Department of Education for online education services.
- How FERPA Applies To Virtual Learning
- FERPA and COVID-19/Coronavirus FAQs
- How FERPA Applies To Virtual Learning During COVID-19 [Slide Show]
- How FERPA Applies To Individuals Observing Classrooms
- Email and Student Privacy Under FERPA
- FAQs on Photos and Videos under FERPA
We hope this helps you out in these “interesting times,” but please keep in mind we are in an unprecedented situation as a society. We’ve never suffered through what is effectively a full societal shutdown, and pretty much every aspect of society is impacted. Given this, errors will be made and FERPA violations will no doubt occur. Not because of malicious acts, but because nobody has seriously considered the ramification of schools being shut down for six or seven weeks at a time. It can be easy to get stressed out of your mind given all the grim news, but try to do your best and keep your head up as we move forward towards what is hopefully the end of this mess.
Be safe, and don’t go to stir crazy.