Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information gathered about its’ students in accordance with federal and state law. FERPA affords parents, and students who are eighteen years of age and older, certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. These rights are summarized as follows:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the date that WMCTC received a request for access. Parents should submit a written request to the school Administrator identifying the record(s) that they wish to inspect. The Administrator will make arrangements for access and notify the parents of the time and place where records may be inspected. Parents have the right to request copies of the records and WMCTC may charge a reasonable copying fee as long as it does not prevent the parents from exercising their right to inspect and review their child’s records.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parents believe are inaccurate, misleading, or violate the privacy or other rights of the child. Parents may request that WMCTC amend a record by writing to the school Administrator, clearly identifying the part of the record they would like to change and specifying why the change is warranted. WMCTC will notify parents in writing of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding their request for the amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parents upon notification of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent.
- The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by WMCTC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be made by contacting the Family Policy Compliance Office at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
A copy of the Confidentiality Procedural Guidelines is available for inspection at WMCTC. Additional information regarding student records, including access request information, is available by calling WMCTC at (610) 489-7272.