When principals receive Missing Children Notifications from
KDE, it is imperative that they comply with KRS 156.495
and KRS 158.032
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
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.