Missing Children

Published: 12/12/2017 6:23 PM

When principals receive Missing Children Notifications from KDE, it is imperative that they comply with KRS 156.495 and KRS 158.032 by flagging the student’s educational records in Infinite Campus to ensure all appropriate school and district personnel are aware of the situation.  They must immediately report to local law enforcement or the Kentucky State Police if any of the following occurs: someone in the school knows of the student’s whereabouts; the identified student is currently present at the school; or an individual or a school requests the student’s records.
If a school notified is not the student’s last known school of enrollment, please contact our office at (502) 564-4772 immediately to ensure the correct school/principal can be notified.

​The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. However, FERPA is not intended to be an obstacle in addressing emergences and protecting the safety of students. Missing Children and runaways should be considered as an emergency situation, and school officials should contact law enforcement immediately if any of the three above situations occur. The U.S. Department of Education has provided more guidance on FERPA and the disclosure of student information in an emergency or disaster.

If principals receive a Notification of Cancellation, they need to end date the flag from the student’s record.
Please ensure that Person Role Manager via KDE Web Applications remains current with the correct principal name and email address for your schools to ensure Missing Children Notifications from KDE are directed to the appropriate personnel. 
Victoria Fields
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772
Fax (502) 564-7820