Rights under FERPA
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 30 days of the day the Central Columbia School District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Director of Special Education or the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Director of Special Education or the building principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the Central Columbia School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Director of Special Education, clearly identify the part of accurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them or their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when the Central Columbia School District is notified of the request for a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate education interests. A school official is a person employed by the Central Columbia School District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials or another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school system to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
The Central Columbia School District may disclose certain information, known as directory information, i its discretion without consent. Parents or eligible students may refuse to let the district release any or all of this information. If you do not want this information released, you must send written notice annually to the district office before October 1st. Forms are available from that office. The following information regarding students is considered directory information: (1) name, (2) photo, (3) e-mail address (4) home address, (5) telephone number, (6) date and place of birth (7) major field of study, (8) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, (9) weight and height of members of athletic teams, (10) dates of attendance, (11) degrees and awards received, and (12) the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.