The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that the technology center, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your or your minor student’s education records. However, the technology center may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the technology center to the contrary in accordance with technology center procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the technology center to include this type of information from education records in certain school publications.
- Recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Press releases.
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 three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents/guardians have advised the LEA that they do not want their minor 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 technology center to disclose directory information from your or your minor student’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the registrar in writing. The following information is designated as “directory information,” and may be disclosed without prior written consent:
- The student’s name;
- The student’s address;
- The student’s telephone listing;
- The student’s date and place of birth;
- The student’s dates of attendance;
- The student’s grade level (i.e., 11th grade, 12th grade, etc.);
- The student’s participation in officially recognized activities;
- The student’s degrees, honors, and awards received;
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended;
- The student’s photograph;
- The student’s electronic mail address; and
- The students career major field of study.
No parent/guardian 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.
The parent/guardian or eligible student will have two (2) weeks after the first day of school to advise the school district in writing (a letter to the school Superintendent’s office) of any or all of the items they refuse to permit the district to designate as directory information about the student.
At the end of the two (2) week period, each student’s record will be appropriately marked by the record custodian to indicate the items the district will designate as directory information about the student. This designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of the student’s parent/guardian or the eligible student.