Disclosure of Student Information

To prevent the California Department of Education from releasing a student’s personal information, parents must complete an objection form before April 1, 2016.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District was recently made aware of a lawsuit between the California Department of Education (CDE) and two special education advocacy groups. As part of this lawsuit, the plaintiffs have requested that the CDE release information that it stores on databases and network drives, which can contain protected personal information of children who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. While this information is confidential under federal law, it must be disclosed if a court mandates its release.

The school district is strongly opposed to the potential release of any student information related to this case.

It is important to note that the court has said that it will not provide student data to the plaintiffs unless it determines that plaintiffs have the ability to secure it. In addition, if the court does decide the student data should be produced by the CDE and turned over to the plaintiffs, it will only be available to the parties, their consultants, and the courts.

Parents who object to the disclosure of their child’s protected personal information and records must notify the court by April 1, 2016. A PDF of this objection form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Additionally, FAQs regarding this case can be found below.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will do everything it can to protect this confidential information in accordance with the law. We will continue to work with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) to provide updated information as it becomes available. Updates will be provided to our community through our district and school websites.

To learn more about the CDE’s notice of disclosure of student records pursuant to the court order issued in the Morgan Hill lawsuit, click here, or contact the CDE at 916-319-0800.