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What you should know about FERPA

     The Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) gives parents certain rights concerning their child's school records, including the right to view and limit others from viewing these records. Any person, other than school officials with legitimate educational interests, must receive written permission from the parent to view a child's records.

     Parents have the right to request changes to a student's records if they believe that information is inaccurate or misleading, and to request a hearing if the school district decides not amend the student's records as requested.

     It is also important for parents to know that the school maintains directory information on students which is public information, including: name, address, telephone, date and place of birth, major course of study, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent school attending, photograph and class roster. The school does not give this information out regularly, however, it may be used in certain circumstances. If a parent does not wish to have the directory information released or allow their child's picture to appear in a newspaper story or on television news, they must notify the school in writing.

     The law requires that both parents have equal rights regarding their child's records unless there is a court order to the contrary. The school principal must have a copy of this court order on file to be able to deny a parent access to their child's records.

     The complete FERPA regulations can be viewed in the office of each school or on the district website at www.wgcsd.org. You also can contact your child's school principal or the district office if you have any questions regarding your rights under FERPA.


Protection of pupil rights

     The district has adopted a new policy entitled Protection of Pupil Rights Policy covering student participation in student surveys, parental rights to inspect instructional materials, and the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information. Parents shall also have the ability to opt the student out of any non-emergency invasive physical examination conducted by the school.

     Copies of the full text of the policy are available at the district offices.