District Services, Federal/State Programs Section

As a parent, you have certain rights in regard to your child’s school records. These rights are guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 1974, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education regulations. These rights apply whether your child is exceptional or non-exceptional.

Parents have a right to review, inspect, or obtain a copy of the records. They may make a written request for copies of their child’s records at a fee not to exceed duplicating costs. If a parent believes that any information is inaccurate or misleading, he/she may challenge the contents of the records. Parents have the right to refuse individual consent where such permission is needed for releasing certain student information. Should a parent feel the district is not providing these rights, he/she may file a complaint with the FERPA Office, Department of Education, Room 4511, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202.

If a child transfers to another school system, records will be forwarded after notification of enrollment is received from the new school.

According to FERPA, 1974, various non-confidential information can be released to outside agencies without parental consent. This directory information consists of name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weights and heights of members of athletic teams, dates and attendance, degrees and awards received, and other similar information. If a parent does not want directory information released, he/she must notify the district in writing.

The district protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding exceptional and protected handicapped students in accord with state and federal law and the district’s student records policy.