Protection of Pupil Rights

Protection of Pupil Rights Notice

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives students and parents rights regarding student surveys and other matters. Parents and students of Stillwater Area Public Schools, ISD834, are hereby notified of their rights under the law. 

Districts must receive written consent of the parent or adult student before administering any student surveys funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDOE) if the survey includes “protected” information regarding any of the following “protected” topics: 

  • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents; 
  • Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family; 
  • Sexual 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 attorneys, physicians and ministers; 
  • Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents, or 
  • Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program). 

Parents have the “right to notice” and an opportunity to “opt out” of any of the following: 

  • A survey not funded by the USDOE that includes one or more of the “protected” topics; 
  • Activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for the purpose of marketing, selling or otherwise distributing said information to others, or 
  • Any non-emergency invasive physical exams or screenings that are required for attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance, and not necessary to protect the immediate safety of the student or other students, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or others as permitted or required by state law. 

Parents and eligible students have the right to inspect certain materials prior to a student participating in a survey. A request to inspect materials can be made to the building principal. Available for review will be: 

  • Surveys developed by a third-party or that seek information about the protected topics; 
  • Documents and instruments used to collect personal information from students if used in marketing, sales or distribution to others, and 
  • Instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum or as part of student surveys conducted under sections listed above. 

Parents and eligible students can report violations of the PPRA by contacting the U.S. Dept. of Education Policy Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920. .