Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records.
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
- 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.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Waukee Community School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
- Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8520.
Student Directory Information
Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school district. It may include the student’s name, photograph or likeness, audio files, video recordings, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received. Student is defined as an enrolled individual, PK-12 including children in school district sponsored child-care programs.
You have the right to refuse the designation of directory information with respect to your student. Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make an objection in writing by completing the below FERPA form and submitting it to their building principal by September 15. This objection to the release of directory information must be renewed
This is an all or nothing policy. Objection to the release of student directory information means exclusion from all school or media publications. Examples of school or media publications include, but are not limited to:
- A playbill showing a student’s role in a drama production
- Annual school yearbook
- Honor roll or other recognition lists
- Graduation programs
- Sports activity sheets such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members
- Newspaper articles or television news stories
- Photos, podcasts, videos or information posted on the district website
- Athletic or activity team photos or class photos
- Website articles
If you have no objections to the use of student directory information, you do not need to take any action.