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Student records contain information from test scores to health records. Students have the right to view these records only after they turn 18: "Schools that recieve any federal funding must make student records available by parents and students themselves if they are 18 or older" ("Ask Sybil Liberty" 1998).
Depending on the state, teachers, social workers, employers and the police may also have access to the records. Student privacy is the right of a student to be secure in their person.
When dealing with the privacy of public high school students, the administration of that school has more power to restrict that right than any other right of a student in public high school.
In New Jersey v. T.L.O., Justice Byron White state, "A school official may properly conduct a search of a student's person if the official has a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is in the process of being committed, or a resonable cause to believe that the search is necessary to maintain school discipline or enforce school policies"(Harrison and Gilbert 110). Students do not have an absolute right to privacy in public high schools.
If you feel that your right of privacy has been violated, please contact us for a Free Student Privacy Consultation.