Special education records are quite secure, and there is little need to worry about negative consequences from having a special education file.
All documents related to special education are permanently kept in a file separate from your child’s usual academic records. These files are marked confidential and are accessible only by school personnel who have a need to know. Special education teachers, school counselors, and any specialist providing special education services to your child are considered as having a need to know. Teachers who will not be addressing your child’s special education needs have no cause to read your child’s confidential file.
Only parents or guardians have the legal authority to allow the release of their child’s school records, including the confidential file. Once the child turns eighteen, the authority transfers to him. When the parents or adult child request the school records to be released, only the general education file is sent. Only with specific written request can the confidential file be released.
Parents and the senior high school student will want to consider releasing the most recent IEP to the student’s college of choice. Colleges provide 504 accommodations that may assist your child in her college education.