School Records

Parents are entitled to inspect official or permanent school records (prior to and after graduation), relating to students, with a scheduled appointment, in the presence of a school official. This means that they have a right to inspect the actual record and not merely have items selected from the record by school officials.  

However school officials may withhold items of information which, in their judgment, are of a confidential nature, or in which the applicant for such information has no legitimate interest. School authorities may determine the time and manner of presentation of this information. For example, they may suggest that a counselor, qualified to interpret data in the records, be present. New Jersey Administrative Code Title 6 provides for access to records by the following persons:

  1. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a pupil under the age of 18, and the pupil who has written permission of such parent(s) or guardian(s).
  2. The adult pupil and the pupil’s parent(s) or guardian(s) who have the written permission of such pupil shall have access to records without consent of the pupil as long as the pupil is financially dependent on the parent(s) or guardian(s) and enrolled in the public school system.