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JRB - Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Goddard School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Goddard School District 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 Goddard School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school communication tools. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • School and district newsletters, news releases to local and area newspapers 
  • School district website, podcasting 
  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production 
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists 
  • Graduation programs 
  • Yearbooks 
  • Sports activity programs, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members

According to federal guidelines, directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion 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 (LEA’s) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories — names, address and telephone listings — unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 

Goddard School District has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student name 
  • Parent name(s) 
  • Address 
  • Telephone listing 
  • Electronic mail address 
  • Photograph 
  • Video images 
  • Audio recordings 
  • Date and place of birth 
  • Major field of study 
  • Dates of attendance 
  • Grade level 
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports 
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams 
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received 
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended

If you do not want Goddard School District to disclose directory information as outlined above, you must notify Goddard School District in writing by August 17, 2010 (or for new students enrolling in Goddard School District, at the time of enrollment). 

To exclude directory information, written notification from parent or guardian must include all of the following information: 

Specific item(s) listed above that you do not want to be considered as “directory information” for your child; Name of student (print or type - must be legible); Student’s school (2010-11 school year); Student’s grade (2010-11 school year); Parent/guardian name (print or type - must be legible); Parent/guardian signature. 

Send written notification to: USD 265 Director of Community Relations, Goddard School District, 201 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 249, Goddard, KS 67052

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