PA 17-194—HB 7156

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS FOR CERTAIN UNACCOMPANIED YOUTHS

SUMMARY: This act requires local and regional boards of education to inform certain homeless students of, and provide access to, their educational records, including medical records, in the board's possession. The act applies to “unaccompanied youth,” as defined under federal law, which includes a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (42 U.S.C. 11434a).

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017