Starting from the New Academic Year, Information about the Progress of Upper-form Pupils Can Be Reported to Parents Only with the Consent of Children

Starting from the new academic year, the administration and staff of secondary schools in the EU countries will be able to inform parents about academic performance, educational work and the absence of children only after receiving personal unconditional consents from pupils.

This innovation, specified in the Regulation on the General Protection of Personal Data of the European Union (effective as of 25 May 2018), will enter into force on 1 September 2018. Standard practice in schools in the EU countries suggests that the form tutor notifies parents of schoolchildren about their grades and absence at lessons, while parents can get acquainted with an electronic class register. Under the new rules, upper-form pupils will have the right to prohibit the school administration and staff to inform parents about their academic progress.

Schools are most concerned about the norm, according to which a pupil will be able to explain his/her absence in class personally.