Family Educational Rights and Privacy ActEach year, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD must notify parents and students concerning disclosure of student directory information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA, which gives parents the right to privacy of student record information, is a federal law that applies to public schools and state or local education agencies that receive federal education funds. Parents must make a decision and inform the District as to whether they consent or do not consent to the release of directory information. (Board Policy FL)
Certain information about District students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows the procedures for requesting the information unless the parent or guardian objects to the release of the directory information about this student. If you do not want EMS ISD to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by the end of the first 10 days of instruction.
EMS ISD has designated the following information as directory information: Student’s name; primary address; primary telephone listing; photograph/image; date and place of birth; degrees, honors, and awards received; dates of attendance; grade level; most recent educational institution attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Directory information for District students has been classified into three separate categories: items for use only for school-sponsored purposes; items for school-support organizations; and items for all other purposes.
District-Sponsored or School-Sponsored Purposes - Student directory information may be disclosed for District-sponsored or school-sponsored purposes such as District/campus-generated programs for athletic, fine arts, or other events; campus-generated yearbooks; District/campus-generated digital media including video; District/campus-generated social media; District/campus-generated publicity or news media stories; and District/campus-generated announcements.
For School-Support Organizations - Student directory information may be disclosed to the following school-support requestors that are 501(c)(3) organizations: Parent Teacher Associations (PTA); Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO); Booster clubs; Groups supporting campus and District academic programs; and the EMS Education Foundation.
All Other Purposes - The District shall not disclose student directory information to third-party requesters other than those designated above or required by law. The District shall disclose student directory information to military recruiters or institutions of higher education with parental consent in accordance with law.
Can I restrict access to this information? Yes. A parent or eligible student may prevent the release of student directory information by checking the appropriate boxes below and returning this page to the principal within 10 school days after the parent or student has been provided this notice. School-related uses of a student’s directory information include the school yearbook, school newspaper, student directories, concert programs, commencement programs, District press releases, sports programs, and other District publications and electronic media, including district websites and social media pages.
What about military recruiters and colleges? The Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. Section 6301 et seq), requires the District to release to military recruiters and institutions of higher education, upon request, the name, address, or telephone number of a secondary student enrolled in the District, unless the parent has advised the District that the parent does not want the student’s information disclosed without the parent’s prior written consent.
If you would like to make any changes to your child's form, download and print the 2019-2020 FERPA Form and return the completed form to your child's school.