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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Confidentiality/FERPA Guidance

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: school administrators, special education contacts

Date: June 25, 2010


The U.S. Department of Education has published a new guidance document pertaining to disclosures related to emergencies and disasters under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  The document is posted at

This information should be helpful as you strive to protect parents' and students' privacy rights under FERPA as part of your disaster/emergency planning.  Should you or your staff have questions about this guidance or other requirements of this law, you may contact the U.S. Department's Family Policy Compliance Office at 202-260-3887 or