Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA)
What is FOIPPA? FOIPPA (also known in some school districts as FOIPOP) is legislation that regulates the collection, storage, and use of personal information (regardless of how it is recorded) by public bodies.
Personal information is defined as “recorded information about an identifiable individual, other than the contact information for school and school district employees.” The Ministry of Education and all school boards are public bodies and are subject to all the provisions of the legislation.
The School Act contains an “access to student records” clause. Under this section, parents have a right of access to their child’s records and do not have to go through freedom of information to get them.