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NOTICE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

NOTICE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF RIGHTS UNDER THE

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records, which are kept and maintained by USD #294.  In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:

1.      The right to review and inspect all of your educational records, except those whose are specifically exempted.

2.      The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons with certain limited exceptions.  Disclosure of information from your educational records to others persons will occur only if:

             a.      we have prior written consent for disclosure;

b.     the information is considered “directory information” and you have not objected to the release of such information; or

             c.     disclosure without consent is permitted by law.

3.      The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe that the records are misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of your rights.  This right includes the right to request a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.

4.      The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD #294 has failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements.  The address of this office is:

         400 Maryland Avenue SW, MES, Room 4074, Washington, D.C.  20202.

You have the right to obtain a copy of USD #294’s policies for complying with FERPA.  A copy may be obtained from:  Mr. Dorshorst, 131 East Commercial, Oberlin, KS  67749.

For purposes of FERPA, USD #294 has designated certain information contained in educational records as directory information, which may be disclosed for any purpose without your consent.  The following information is considered directory information:  name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previously attended school, class designation, major field of study, and photographs.

You have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information.  If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect to:  USD #294, 131 East Commercial, Oberlin, KS  67749.  If a refusal is not filed, USD #294 assumes that there is no objection to the release of the directory information designated.

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