Student Info Released in Lawsuit: Notice and Opt-Out Information

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 - Posted in All District News

California public school students will have their personal information and school records handed over to a nonprofit community organization after a federal court ruling.

Over the objections of the California Department of Education, a federal district court ruled the data should be released to the non-profit Concerned Parents Association.

The nonprofit said it needs the information to see if California schools are violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other related laws. The database provided will have access to all information on children, kindergarten through high school, who are attending or have attended a California school at any time since Jan. 1, 2008.

The database contains students’ names, social security numbers, home addresses, course information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, mental health and medical information, along with suspensions, expulsions and more.

Privacy protection laws such as FERPA and HIPPA will be maintained, according to ruling.

Students and parents can opt-out of the list by following detailed instructions from the district court.

To find out more about the court case and how to opt-out, watch NBC 7’s coverage, or visit the ID Theft Center’s website at this URL: http://www.idtheftcenter.org/alertcaparents.html. The opt-out form, which you can find here, must be submitted via mail by April 1.

Piedmont Unified takes data privacy very seriously and will be monitoring the lawsuit’s development.

If parents want to opt out, the form is linked above and should be submitted by April 1st, 2016 to:

United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal

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