FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

  • Both parents/guardians (unless the school has a court order or other legal document that specifically revokes these rights) have the right as described in Renton School District Policy 3231 (available in each school office) to inspect and review education records. School staff will consider requests to amend the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights according to procedures outlined in Policy 3231.

    Directory information related to students may be released unless the parent/guardian or student who is over 18 indicates in writing that such information is not to be released without prior consent. Such information shall not be released in any case for commercial reasons. Directory information means information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and dates of attendance. In addition, photographs of students for public information purposes are included. Personally identifiable information (except as listed above) will not be released without prior written consent of the parent/guardian or adult student except to specific agencies as listed in Renton School District Policy 3231.

    Student records in any form, including information stored electronically, shall be managed by the district in accordance with applicable law. Student records shall be released to another school upon the student’s enrollment there.

    More information on FERPA from the U.S. Department of Education.