FERPA – Disclosure without Written Consent

What types of data may the district provide without written consent? Per SVVS Board Policy, the district may disclose student education records or personally identifiable information contained therein without written consent of the parent/guardian or eligible student if the disclosure meets certain criteria. These exceptions are outlined on pages 2 and 3 of Policy JRA/JRC. Some of the most popular requests that fall under these criteria are:

  • disclosure to a school official having a legitimate educational interest in the student education record or the personally identifiable information contained therein.
  • disclosure to officials of another school, school system or postsecondary institution that has requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or has enrolled
  • disclosure in connection with an emergency, if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or others.
  • disclosure of “directory information” as defined by this policy

“Directory information” means information contained in a student’s education record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information which may be released includes but is not limited to the student’s name, email address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.

The parent/guardian or eligible student has the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of directory information if such refusal is received in writing in the office of the principal of the school where the student is in attendance.