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Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies

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Exhibit 2–7: A Summary of Disclosure of School Lunch Information

Recipient of Information
Information that May be Disclosed to Recipient
Required Notification and Consent
Child Nutrition Programs under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) or Child Nutrition Act (CNA) All eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required
Federal/State or local means-tested nutrition programs with eligibility standards comparable to the National School Lunch Program Eligibility status only Prior notice and consent not required
Federal education programs Eligibility status only Prior notice and consent not required
State education programs administered by a State agency or local education agency Eligibility status only
U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food and
Nutrition Service
Prior notice and consent not required
Local education programs No eligibility information, unless parental consent Must obtain parental consent sent is obtained
Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), administered by a State or local agency authorized under titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act to identify and enroll eligible children All eligibility information, unless parents elect not to have information disclosed Must give prior notice to parents and opportunity for parents to decline to have their information disclosed
State health programs other than Medicaid/SCHIP, administered by a State agency or local education agency Eligibility status only Prior consent not required
Federal health programs other than Medicaid/SCHIP No eligibility information, unless parental consent is obtained Must obtain parental consent
Local health program No eligibility information, unless parental consent is obtained Must obtain parental consent
Comptroller General of the United States for purposes of audit and examination All eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required
Federal, State, or local law enforcement officials investigating alleged violations of any of the programs under the NSLA and CNA or investigating violations of any of the programs that are authorized to have access to names and eligibility status All eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required

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