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FERPA Notice

In accordance with the Annual Notification Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Rights

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and “eligible students” [students eighteen (18) years of age or older or students who are attending a postsecondary institution] certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:

1) The rights to inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five (45) days of the day the Dayton Independent School District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal/designee a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected.

2) The right to inspect and review logs documenting disclosures of the student’s education records.

Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoena, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible, FERPA regulations require the District to record all disclosures.

3) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.

Parents or eligible students may ask the Dayton Independent School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy or other rights. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy or other rights.  If the Dayton Independent School District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the Dayton Independent School District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise him/her of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

4) The right to provide written consent prior to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Exception that permits disclosure without consent includes:

a. disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A “school official” is a person employed by the Dayton Independent School District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a volunteer, or an outside person or company with whom the Dayton Independent School District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. This may include contractors, consultants, volunteers, and other parties to whom the district has outsourced services or functions.

b. upon request, the Dayton Independent School District shall disclose education records without parent/eligible student notice or consent to officials of any private or public elementary or post-secondary school for any student who is enrolled or seeks, intends, or is instructed to enroll, full or part-time basis in the school. As amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), FERPA allows the Dayton Independent School District to disclose appropriate information regarding specific disciplinary actions to teachers and school officials, including those to other schools, who have legitimate education interest in the behavior of the student.

c. disclosure of information to those whose knowledge of such information is necessary to respond to an actual, impending, or imminent articulable and significant health/safety threat.

d. disclosure to state and local educational authorities and accrediting organizations, subject to requirements of FERPA regulations.

Designated Kentucky State agencies may be permitted access to student record information, which will depend on the authority granted to their particular agency.

5) The right to notify the Dayton Independent School District in writing to withhold information, the Board as designated as directory information as listed in the annual directory information notice the Dayton Independent School District provides to parents/eligible students.

To exercise this right, parent/eligible student shall notify the Dayton Independent School District by the deadline designated by the Dayton Independent School District.

6) The right to prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information concerning a student to recruiting representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces and its service academies, the Kentucky Air National Guard, and the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Unless the parent or secondary school student request in writing that the Dayton Independent School District not release information, the student’s name, address, and telephone number (if listed) shall be released to Armed Forces recruiters upon their request.

7) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Dayton Independent Schools District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20202-4605