School Policies

  • PPRA notice 8-28-12 Page 1  of 1


    Pursuant to the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 USC §1232h; 34 CFR Part 98),

    parents, guardians, or eligible students (over the age of 18 or emancipated) have certain rights

    pertaining to surveys, the collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain

    physical exams. These rights are as follows:

    1. The right to give prior written consent before students are required to submit to surveys

    concerning protected information (regarding political affiliation or beliefs; mental or

    psychological problems of the student or student’s family, sex behavior or attitudes; illegal,

    anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of others with

    whom survey respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileged

    relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers; religious practices, affiliations, or

    beliefs of the student or parents; or income, other than as required by law to determine

    program eligibility) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S.

    Department of Education,

    2. The right to opt a student out of participation in any other protected information survey,

    regardless of funding,

    3. The right to opt a student out of any non-emergency invasive physical exam or screening

    required as a condition of school attendance administered by the school or its agent, and

    not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student. The right to opt out

    does not apply to hearing, vision, scoliosis or body mass index screenings, or any physical

    exam or screening permitted or required under State law, except on grounds of religious

    beliefs or physician certifications pursuant to F.S. 1003.22(5).

    4. The right to opt a student out of activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of

    personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute

    the information to others, and

    5. The right to inspect, upon request and prior to administration or use (a) protected

    information surveys of students, (b) instruments used to collect personal information from

    students for any marketing, sales, or distribution purposes, and (c) instructional material

    used as part of the educational curriculum.

    The District will ensure that student privacy is protected in the administration of protected

    information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing,

    sales, or other distribution purposes.

    The District will directly notify parents of their PPRA rights at least annually at the start of each

    school year and after any substantive changes. The District will also directly notify (including, but

    not limited to, mail, e-mail, in-person, or by acknowledgement form) parents of students who are

    scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted above and will provide an

    opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or

    survey. The District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the

    District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For

    surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable

    notification of the planned activities and surveys and will be provided an opportunity to opt their

    child out of such activities and surveys and to review any pertinent surveys.

    Those who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy

    Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington,

    D.C. 20202. If you wish to discuss and try to resolve any PPRA concerns before contacting the

    Family Policy Compliance Office, you may contact The School Board of Broward County,

    Florida’s Privacy Officer at 754-321-1914.