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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVER FALLS: STUDENT RECORDS NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS 2009-10

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 12:00am

The School District of River Falls maintains student records for each student attending school in the District. These records include: (1) "progress records" which include a statement of the courses taken by the student, the student's grades, the student's co-curricular activities, the student's immunization records and the student's attendance records; and, (2) "behavioral records" which include tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, psychological tests, the student's physical health records other than his/her immunization records, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to an individual student's behavior, law enforcement agency records obtained by the District and any other student records which are not progress records.

The following shall apply in the District:

1. An adult student, or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student, has the right to inspect, review and obtain copies of the student's school records upon request in accordance with established procedures. The District shall respond to such requests without unnecessary delay. A copy of the Board's student records policy and procedures can be obtained from the Director of Academic Services at the school district administrative offices located at 852 E. Division St., River Falls, WI 54022. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.

2. An adult student, or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student, has the right to request the amendment of the student's school records if he/she believes the records are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights. Complaints regarding the content of student records may be made in accordance with established procedures. Copies of the District's procedures are available upon request as outlined above.

3. An adult student, or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student, has the right to consent to the disclosure of information contained in the student's school records, except to the extent that state and federal laws authorize disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials determined to have legitimate educational interests, including safety interests, in the student records. A "school official" is a person employed by the District who is required by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to hold a license; a person who is employed by or working on behalf of the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and police-school liaison personnel); a person serving on the Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a specific task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent/guardian 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 a student record in order to fulfill his/her professional or District responsibility.

The District shall transfer a student's records to another school or school district without consent upon request in accordance with state law. District procedures outline the specific reasons for disclosure without consent and are available upon request as outlined above.

4. An adult student, or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor student, has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for alleged District noncompliance with federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements. 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.

Further, the following categories of information are hereby designated as directory data for the 2009-10 school year.

Directory data may be disclosed to any person UNLESS the adult student, or parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of a minor student informs the school that all or any part of the directory data may not be released without the prior consent of the adult student, parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem. To require consent before the District can release directory data, a written statement to that effect must be completed and signed by the adult student or parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of a minor student and given to the building principal within 14 days of receipt of this notice.

Secondary School Students

A secondary school student or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student may request that the student's name, address and telephone listing not be released to military recruiters or institutions of higher education without prior written parental consent. The District shall comply with such request.

Unless access to such information has been restricted by the secondary school student or the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) as outlined above, the District shall provide access to secondary school students' names, addresses and telephone listings, on request made by military recruiters or institutions of higher education. The District shall also provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as provided generally to post-secondary educational institutions or to prospective employers of those students. (Pub. 9/17/09) WNAXLP