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Your school record: Confidential and restricted

When your child goes to school, a record is kept on everything he or she does. He or she may have a record of behavior or grades, or there could be records of sporting scores or medical history. All school records are confidential on the whole, but they can be shared with parties you deem acceptable.

Florida privacy laws state that parents can access all written records that concern their child. However, if the child turns 18 or enters a post-secondary institution, those rights switch to the child, which means the parents no longer have unrestricted access to the documents.

Students and parents can access their records at any time during their time at school until the student reaches age 18. The student and parents both share the rights of challenging content contained in the records, releasing the documents to third parties like colleges or potential employers, and waiving access to the records in a number of situations. Students will always have the right to review and inspect their own records for accuracy and to use them for their own personal uses.

If the school record policy is violated and other parties have access to the documents, then students and parents may sue the school responsible. An injunction is also able to be requested, which forces the school to stop acting in a manner deemed inappropriate to the student and his or her family. If the injunction is approved, the court costs and attorney fees could be paid by the school, saving you money as someone who has had to file a lawsuit on your own behalf.

Source: FindLaw, "Florida Privacy of School Records Laws," accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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