FERPA

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Rochester Community Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s educational records.  However, Rochester Community Schools 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 Rochester Community Schools to include this type of information from your child’s records in certain school publications. Some examples of the use of directory information are school district publications such as the Update, newspaper articles about student accomplishments, yearbook pictures, athletic features and PTA directories.

 

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasions of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, 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 have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

 

If you do not want Rochester Community Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records, you must notify the district in writing.

 

Rochester Community Schools has designated the following information as directory information:

Student’s name

Name(s) of the student’s parent(s)/guardian

Student’s address

Student’s telephone number

Student’s date of birth

Student’s grade

Student’s participation in recognized activities and sports

Awards received by student

Weight and height of members of student teams

Student’s photograph

Previous school district(s) attended by the student prior to enrollment in Rochester Community Schools

 

Videotape/Audiotape/Photograph

Student photographs include videotaping of events such as concerts, plays or other performances. Videotapes may be broadcast on the District cable television access stations, Channel 59 – Comcast, or Channel 15 – Wide Open West.