FERPA Rights - Student Directory

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 and the Michigan Revised School code require local educational agencies to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories—names, addresses and telephone numbers—unless parents have advised that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without prior written consent.

If you do not want Bath Community Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school district in writing within 14 days of receiving the forms provided by your child’s school. If you do not complete and return the Student Profile form (current student) or the new enrollment form (new student) within 14 days, the district will be free to release or use such information as appropriate. Please contact your student's building for the form.
 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Each year the Superintendent shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District's intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information": a student's name, address, height and weight. Height, if member of an athletic team, and Weight, if member of an athletic team which requires disclosure to participate.

The Superintendent will also develop a list of uses for which the District commonly would disclose a student's directory information and develp an opt-out form that lists all of the uses or instances and allows a parent or legal guardian to elect not to have his/her child's directory information disclosed for one (1) or more of these uses.

Each student’s parent or legal guardian will be provided with the opt-out form within the first thirty (30) days of the school year. The form shall also be provided to a parent or legal guardian at other times upon request.

If an opt-out form is signed and submitted to the District by a student’s parent or legal guardian, the District shall not include the student’s directory information in any of the uses that have been opted out of in the opt-out form. A student who is at least age eighteen (18) or is an emancipated minor may act on his/her own behalf with respect to the opt-out form.

Parents and eligible students may also refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the District within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the District's public notice.

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