The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), provides rights to parents and eligible students (students who are 18 years and older) with respect to educational records. A copy of the School’s Privacy Policy is available in the Student and Family Handbook and on the School’s Webpage.

Under FERPA parents have the right to:

  • inspect and review the complete contents of the student’s educational record;
  • request amendment of any educational record that parent believes is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy;
  • submit complaints about any violations of the School’s Privacy Policy or failure to comply with the requirements of FERPA; and,
  • not have Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), released to third parties without the express written consent of parents, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent under certain conditions set forth in the School’s Privacy Policy. (PII is defined in FERPA and the School’s FERPA Policy.)

Complaints may either be submitted to:

Rosalyn Yalow Charter School
Director of Operations, Monique Evans
116 E. 169th St., Bronx, NY 10452

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue,
SW Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

A Department of Education complaint may be submitted electronically by downloading the complaint form.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (“PPRA”) provides parents and students with additional rights if a protected information survey is funded in whole or in part with by a program of the United States Department of Education. Under PPRA parents have the right to:

  • receive a notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of a protected information survey or invasive physical examinations not otherwise authorized by law.
  • request an inspection before administration or use of protected information surveys created by third parties, surveys to collect personal information from students for marketing purposes, and instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.

Protected information includes the following:

  • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents.
  • Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
  • Sex behavior or attitudes.
  • Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
  • Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships.
  • Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
  • Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parents.
  • Income, other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program.

The rights under PPRA transfer from parents to a student when the student turns eighteen or becomes an emancipated minor under the law.