• Annual Notification of Rights under FERPA - Worthington School District

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

    1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or designee) a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal (or designee) will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
    1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or violate a student’s privacy rights.  Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  Parents or eligible students may informally request that a record be amended if they believe it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  If the matter is not resolved in an informal manner, parents or  eligible students should write to the school principal (or designee), clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District 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 on request; when the District receives a written request for amendment of a student’s education record; or the District receives a written request for a records hearing.                                                                                                                    
    1. 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 District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or security personnel); a person serving on the school board; or a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist).  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; perform a task related to the student’s education or school-related activities; or perform a service or benefit for the student or the student’s family such as health care, counseling, student job placement, or student financial aid.  Upon request, the District shall disclose education records without consent to officials of another school, school district, or institution of post-secondary education in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

    The District has designated the following personally identifiable information in a student’s education record as “directory information,” and will disclose that information without prior written parental consent, except when the request is for a profit-making plan or activity:

    1. The student’s name;
    2. The student’s address;
    3. The student’s date of birth;
    4. The student’s participation in officially recognized extracurricular activities or sports;
    5. The student’s awards or honors; and
    6. The student’s weight and height, if a member of an athletic team. 

    Parent(s), guardian(s) or eligible students will have two weeks from the start of school to advise the Superintendent, in writing, of any or all of the above items that they refuse to permit the District to disclose as directory information.  Please consider that if you choose to deny access to your student’s directory information this will prevent ALL third parties (post-secondary organizations, military recruiters, co-curricular and social organizations) from receiving the information.

    The District may also disclose student education records without consent of the parents or eligible student under the following circumstances:

    1. To authorized federal officials or state or local educational authorities:
    2. The disclosure is in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received;
    3. The disclosure is to State or local officials if a state law adopted prior to November 19, 1974 permitted disclosure;
    4. To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions;
    5. To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions;
    6. To parents of eligible students if the parents claim the student as a dependent, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
    7. To comply with a judicial order or subpoena; or
    8. In a health or safety emergency.
    1. 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 are:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education      
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605