FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Technology has made it easier for educational institutions to keep records on their students, but also poses the problem of making it easier for third parties to access that information. For this reason, Congress enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This explanatory course will help you understand the guidelines under FERPA in regards to the rights students, guardians, and the general public have to private records. You as an employee at an educational institution, will also learn the responsibilities involved in having access to student records.

In this course, you will:

  • Define the history and purpose of FERPA,
  • Identify the rights and responsibilities under the law and how they apply to campus operations, and
  • Understand student and parental rights of review and inspection of private records.

Who should take this course?

Administrator
Counselor
Mentor
Support Staff
Teacher

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Post-Secondary
Upper Elementary

Course Vendor

SafetySkills

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.