CODE: JOA

NOTICE OF PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

(FERPA)
(20 U.S.C., 123g)

The Logan city School District maintains general education records required by law. A student's school records are private and are protected from unauthorized inspection or use. A cumulative record is maintained for each student from the time the student enters the District until the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school.

By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is a minor or a dependent for tax purposes, as do students who are 18 years of age or older. A parent whose rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights.

The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The Superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours. The record custodian or his designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records.

Parents of a minor or a student who is a dependent for tax purposes, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student's records. "School officials with legitimate educational interests" include any employees, agents, or Board Members of the district, or of cooperatives of which the district is a member, or of facilities with which the district contracts for placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are (1) working with the student; (2) considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student's case, or a student's individual education plan; (3) compiling statistical data; (4) investigating or evaluating programs.

Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. The district forwards a student's records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll with the parent's permission. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the student reaches 18 years of age, the right to consent to release of records transfers to the student.

The parent's or students' right of access to, and copies of, student records does not extend to all records. Materials such as by not limited to, teachers' personal notes on a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher and records on former student do not have to be made available to the parents or students.

Students over 18 and parents of minor students may inspect the student's records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student's record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and students are not allowed to contest a student's grade in a course through this process. Parents or students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they feel that the District is not in compliance with the law regarding student records.

Certain information about a School District's students is considered "directory information." This information will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all "directory information" about his child. This objection must be made in writing to the Principal within ten school days after the issuance of a notice. "Directory information" includes: a student's name, address, telephone number, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, and awards received in school.

Approved: July 1, 1995