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FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Longwood School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent before the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.

However, Longwood School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Longwood School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

Longwood Life and press releases
District website and social media
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 for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members

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 (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the District that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 

Longwood has designated the following information as directory information (a school district may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below):

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


Note: These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the Nation’s armed forces. 

If you DO NOT wish any information about your child published, please email Pamela Donovan at pamela.donovan@longwoodcsd.org by  Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.  Be sure to include your child’s name, address, school and grade.
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