Friday, September 10, 2010

Parents: BE SURE TO COMPLETE CONFIDENTIALITY/OPT-OUT FORMS

  
If for any reason you do not want your child’s directory information released (name, address, telephone number, date/place of birth, photographs, videos, participation in officially recognized school activities and sports, height and weight of athletes, dates in attendance, awards, honors, or degrees received, and most recent school attended), you MUST return the form to your child's principal by September 30th!

You have the right to NOT DISCLOSE this info to: Colleges and other educational institutions; the Greece Central Web site; Local media and district publications; Prospective employers and corporations and/or the US Military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, etc.).

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

And remember parents, even though you fill it out your child can still send transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges. You would have to sign permission for those. If you don't fill this out the district can send all of the stated information about your child to anyone that asks for it. Recruiters, class ring companies, employers, researchers and people just plain curious.

Anonymous said...

This is covered under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). I've copied the pertinent section below just as an FYI for folks.

•Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

◦School officials with legitimate educational interest;

◦Other schools to which a student is transferring;

◦Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

◦Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

◦Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

◦Accrediting organizations;

◦To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

◦Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

◦State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

SCATS said...

To 8:14PM ~~ Thank you for that valuable info!

Anonymous said...

You're welcome! :)