Safe Schools

Missing Children

Published: 9/17/2018 9:01 AM

Per KRS 156.495 and KRS 158.032, a missing student’s educational records in Infinite Campus will be automatically flagged when the Kentucky State Police notifies the Kentucky Department of Education. It is imperative that principals ensure all appropriate school and district personnel are aware of the situation and that they comply with the stipulations of the statutes. 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.

Please ensure that the principal email address is kept current in Infinite Campus to ensure Missing Children Notifications from KDE are directed to the appropriate personnel.  Additionally, a process alert will be sent to all members of the Missing Child User Group with calendar rights to the school(s) of the missing student. Schools and districts can reference the Missing Child Process and Procedures document to prepare and maintain.


​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

Related Statutes 

KRS 156.495 - Program to identify and locate missing children enrolled in Kentucky schools

KRS 158.032 - Flagging record of missing child -- Procedure upon recovery -- Documents required upon enrollment or transfer

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