Est. time: 14 min

Educational leaders today are required by IDEA and Section 504 to provide access to a free appropriate public education for students, as well as programs, activities, and services for adults. At the same time, however, they are also responsible for providing due diligence to protect the privacy of their students and employees within the guidelines of these federal laws. To provide appropriate educational services, a school environment involves certified and classified staff, volunteers, and administrators. From the moment they enter the school grounds, they may visually observe students and their behaviors, view student records and reports, be privy to home or health conditions of students, or participate in or overhear discussions regarding student performance or behaviors. What is important, however, is what is done with this information. Written by Michael Livovich, in this tutorial, you will learn the right to privacy of students and school employees is protected by federal law.