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FERPA - Directory Information Notice

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the district, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the district may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. Directory information will not be released to outside organizations for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

If you do not want the district to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the superintendent in writing. The district has designated the following information as “directory information”, and it will disclose that information without prior written consent:

-Student’s name
-Grade level (i.e., first grade, tenth grade, etc.)
-Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
-Degrees, honors, and awards received
-Weight and height of members of athletic teams
-Photograph

No parent or eligible student can opt out of the requirement that a student wear his or her ID badge which shows the student’s school ID number.