The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Teays Valley Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s educational records. However, Teays Valley 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 district to include this type of information from your child’s educational records in certain school publications.
Examples include: a playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production, the annual yearbook, honor roll or other recognition lists, graduation programs, sports activity sheets, such as football showing weight and height of team members, military/college recruiters and the district website, Facebook page and newsletter.
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.
If you do not want the Teays Valley schools to disclose directory information from your child’s educational records without your prior written consent, you must notify your building principal in writing as soon as possible.