The Family Educational Rights arid Privacy Act (FERPA) and Pennsylvania law afford parents/guardians and students eighteen (18) years of age and over (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records, as follows:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within thirty (30) days of the district’s receipts of a request of access.
- The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise violates the privacy rights of the students.
- The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA and State law authorize disclosure without consent.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failure by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
- The right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of directory information. “Directory Information” includes the following information relating to a student: the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, photograph, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and heights of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and other similar information. The district is permitted by law to disclose directory information without written consent of the parent or eligible student. The parent or eligible student has the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of directory information if a written refusal is forwarded to the building principal within 30 days of the beginning of the current school term.
- The right to request that information not be provided to military recruiting officers. Names, addresses and home telephone numbers of secondary school students will be released to military recruiting officers unless a student submits within 21 calendar days a written request to the Superintendent that such information not be released.