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Tuesday August 30, 2016 at 11:28am Age: 1 year
Category: District, High School

UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORDS POLICY: NEW “OPT-OUT” POLICY FOR LIMITED DIRECTORY INFORMATION


Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced in the district’s August Newsletter, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.”

 

The district has designated some limited categories of directory information that it may share provided that parents have not opted their child out. These categories are: a student’s name, school email address, Parents’/Guardians’ name, enrollment status, grade level and school of attendance, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletics team, degrees and awards received, and photos/videos depicting the student – the kinds of information necessary to effectively recognize student achievements and highlight school activities.

 

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, parents wishing to “opt-out” of releasing their child’s photo and/or limited directory information without prior written consent must notify the student’s school principal in writing by September 30. This opt-out method is in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and represents an update to the District’s annual “Student Records” notification. The full policy (#7241) can be accessed on the policy section of the Board of Education web page.