Privacy Laws

The following is a list of the privacy laws that govern Gering Public Schools.  For more information on a specific law, follow the accompanying link.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The foundational federal law on the privacy of students' educational records, FERPA safeguards student privacy by limiting who may access student records, specifying for what purpose they may access those records, and detailing what rules they have to follow when accessing the data.  Students are notified annually of their rights under FERPA in their Student Handbooks.

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

PPRA defines the rules states and school districts must follow when administering tools like surveys, analysis, and evaluations funded by the US Department of Education to students. It requires parental approval to administer many such tools and ensures that school districts have policies in place regarding how the data collected through these tools can be used.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

HIPAA establishes privacy and security rules regarding access to protected health information in certain kinds of health records, including health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers.  It is important to note that where health information about a student appears in an education record, FERPA governs the protection of the data, not HIPAA.

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

CIPA requires K–12 schools and libraries receiving federal discounts for internet access to implement internet safety polices that prevent students from accessing inappropriate and/or harmful materials and that protect against the unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of minors' personal information.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

The primary goal of COPPA is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. The Rule was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet.



Gering Public Schools
1519 10th Street Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-3125
Fax: 308-436-4301