OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7156

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS FOR CERTAIN UNACCOMPANIED YOUTHS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires local and regional boards of education to provide any homeless student, who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, with full access to his or her educational records, including medical records, in the board's possession. The bill specifically references federal education law that defines “unaccompanied youth” to include a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (42 USC 11434a).

By state and federal law, the parents or guardians of a student under age 18 have access to any school record for that student. Only students (1) over age 18 or (2) who are emancipated have rights as adults regarding record access.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

34

Nay

0

(03/08/2017)