Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Dear Parents,
The Nordonia Hills City School District would like to take this opportunity to notify and inform you of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("adult students") certain rights with respect to the student's educational records.  They are:

1.  The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the District's receipt of a request for access.

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

2.  The right to request amendment of the student's education records that the parent or adult student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

Parents or adult students may ask the Nordonia Hills City School District (the "District") to amend a record they believe is inaccurate and misleading.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the District decides not to amend as requested by the parent or adult student, the District will notify the parent or adult student of its 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 adult student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.  The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosing to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  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.

Upon request, the District discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks enrollment.

4.  The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the 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
    600 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC  10101-4605

Thank you for taking the time to review this important information.  If you have any questions, please call Margo Gibson-Costello, Ph.D., Director of Pupil Services.
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