Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice for Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the Dayton Independent School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s educational records.
However, the Dayton Independent School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Dayton Independent School District to include this type of information from your child’s educational records in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing our student’s role in a drama production.
- The annual yearbook.
- Honor roll or other recognition list.
- Graduation programs.
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
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 require Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following student information: names, addresses, and telephone listings. This information will be provided to military recruiters unless parents/guardians advise the district they do not want their child’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. If a parent/guardian does not want the Dayton Independent School District to disclose directory information from their child’s educational record, the parent/guardian must notify the district in writing.
If you do not want the Dayton Independent School District to disclose directory information from your child’s educational records without your prior consent, you must notify the district in writing within (30) days of the child's enrollment date.
The Dayton Independent School District has designated the following information as directory information:
- Student’s name, address, telephone number, school email address, photograph/picture, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.