Scenario 1

State Youth Services Department and Local School District

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The local school district has detailed attendance and truancy data.

The state youth services department would like to gather this information in the aggregate, meaning that the information will be de-identified.

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The state youth services department wishes to share the aggregate truancy and attendance data with School Resource Officers at local probation and police offices to create programming at the local level that would reduce truancy and increase attendance in local school districts.

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If the schools want to disclose the attendance and truancy records before they are de-identified, what federal law protects that disclosure?

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The youth services department tells the school that as long as they remove the students' names from the records, they will be de-identified. You explain that de-identification involves more than name removal. You start to explain the meaning of personally identifiable information to the youth services department. You say that according to FERPA's regulations, "personally identifiable information" includes, but is not limited to:

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If the school removes all of the personally identifiable information in the truancy and attendance information before it turns over the records to the youth services department, the school can release the records without parental consent. True or False?

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