Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Notification of Rights

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Notification of Rights
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows schools to release “directory information,” i.e., student’s name, address, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, diploma or certificate, awards received, and other similar information. Spartanburg School District 7 considers photographs to include digital images, including digital photographs and recordings related to school or district-sponsored events, activities, and special recognition, as “directory information.” In addition, federal laws require schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories—names, addresses, and telephone listings—unless parents have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed. If for some reason you object to your child’s inclusion/identification in publicized school recognitions/events/activities, including on a school or district-maintained website/Facebook page/Twitter/other social media, or wish to opt out of the provision for contact information to the military, you must, within 15 days of registration, advise the principal in writing (annually) of the specific type of directory information to withhold.
If you do not want Spartanburg School District 7 to release this directory information about your student, you must send written notification to your child(ren)’s principal by September 15 or within 15 days of your child’s first day of school in the district. A sample opt-out letter can be obtained from your school’s front office. If you do not submit a written objection, the school and district will be authorized to release this information as appropriate.

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