Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students 18 years or older certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights, which are fully explained in Pickerington Schools Board of Education Policy and Regulations include:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that are believed to be inaccurate and the right to a hearing if the request is not honored.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education regarding an alleged violation of FERPA.
- The right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information within the student’s records, unless disclosure is otherwise authorized by law or unless disclosure is made 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.
- The following is designated as “directory information,” which may be disclosed without prior written consent: a student’s name, address, telephone number, grade, date of graduation, extracurricular participation, achievement awards or honors earned, weight and height if a member of an athletic team, photograph and parents names.
- Parents have the right to submit a written request to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office, preferably within two weeks after the first day the student is enrolled in a school year, directing the district not to release directory information concerning their child to third parties. Examples of third parties include PTOs, Booster organizations and the media and military recruiters. According to Ohio Revised Code, public schools are prohibited from releasing directory information to third parties who intend to use the information for profit making ventures. The written request or any questions should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office, Pickerington Local School District, 90 East Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, 614. 833.2110.
Notice to Parents of Students Ages 18 or Older
Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the rights accorded to a parent, which would include permission and consent, transfer to a student who turns 18 or enters an institution of post-secondary education. This would include all dual-enrollment classes offered by the district in cooperation with a college or university. Parents still maintain the right to access student records as long as they student is a dependent student for tax purposes.
Eighteen-year-old students are accountable for their own behaviors and actions. Compliance with the rules of the school including attendance will be addressed directly with the 18 year old student. Correspondence from the school will be sent directly with the 18-year-old student.
It is the expectation of the student to keep his/her parent informed.
If you have any questions about the transfer of rights, please contact any of the building principals.