Federal Notices
Supplemental Educational Services
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:44

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Student Directory Information Policy
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:50

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Branson School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, Branson 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 Branson School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  This type of information may include a student’s weight, height, grade level and grade point average. 
(Examples of this type of published information include honor rolls and sports rosters/programs.)

 

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.  Two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs ) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, address and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

 

If you do not want this type of information concerning your child published, please notify, in writing, the attendance office of your child’s school.

 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:28

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal, or appropriate school official, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.  Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the school principal, or appropriate official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their 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.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school 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 person or company with whom the school 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 or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:  Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
 
Parents Right to Know Policy
Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know.

Upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information: 

• Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.


• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.


• Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

 

• What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.

 

In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent:

 • Information on the achievement level of the parent's child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and

 

• Timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

Please direct any questions to Bradly Allen, Director of Federal Programs, 334-6541 ext. 9712.

 
Parent Information Resource Center
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:58

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