FERPA & Special Education Services

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents/guardians certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are eligible students.

The South Middleton School District follows the FERPA Act and requires that any request for academic records be made to the school of residence where all academic records will be maintained. The local school of residence can assist with questions pertaining to FERPA and students enrolled in the online learning program.

Special Education Services

The South Middleton School District is required under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to ensure educational services to students with disabilities. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 plans will be accommodated within the courseware. Parents who believe their child is eligible for special education should contact the South Middleton School District for further assistance. The South Middleton School District will work with the parent and student to ensure proper procedures are followed with appropriate results. Communication between the special education case manager and online teachers will ensure the student receives the proper modifications outlined in the IEP or 504 plans.