|Grosse Ile Township Schools|
|Bylaws & Policies|
8330 - STUDENT RECORDS
In order to provide appropriate educational services and programming, the Board of Education must collect, retain, and use information about individual students. Simultaneously, the Board recognizes the need to safeguard student's privacy and restrict access to studentís personally identifiable information.
The Board of Education is responsible for maintaining records of all students attending schools in this District. Only records mandated by the State or Federal government and/or necessary and relevant to the function of the School District or specifically permitted by this Board will be compiled by Board employees. The Board hereby authorizes collection of the following student records, in addition to the membership record required by law:
|A.||observations and ratings of individual students by professional staff members acting within their sphere of competency|
|B.||samples of student work|
|C.||information obtained from professionally acceptable standard instruments of measurement such as:|
|1.||interest inventories and aptitude tests|
|2.||vocational preference inventories|
|4.||standardized intelligence tests|
|D.||authenticated information provided by a parent or eligible student concerning achievements and other school activities which the parent or student wants to make a part of the record|
|E.||verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns|
|F.||rank in class and academic honors earned|
In all cases, permitted, narrative information in student records shall be objectively-based on the personal observation or knowledge of the originator.
Student records shall be available only to students and their parents, eligible students, and designated school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, or to other individuals or organizations as permitted by law. The term "parents" includes legal guardians or other persons standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the welfare of the child). The term "eligible student" refers to a student who is eighteen (18) years of age or older or a student of any age who is enrolled in a postsecondary institution.
In situations in which a student has both a custodial and a noncustodial parent, both shall have access to the student's educational records unless stipulated otherwise by court order. In the case of eligible students parents will be allowed access to the records without the student's consent, provided the student is considered a dependent under section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.
A school official is a person employed by the Board as an administrator, supervisor, teacher/instructor (including substitutes), or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board; a person or company with whom the Board has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, or medical consultant); a contractor, consultant, volunteer or other party to whom the Board has outsourced a service otherwise performed by Board employees (e.g. a 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/her tasks (including volunteers).
"Legitimate educational interest" shall be defined as a "direct or delegated responsibility for helping the student achieve one (1) or more of the educational goals of the District" or if the record is necessary in order for the school official to perform an administrative, supervisory or instructional task or to perform a service or benefit for the student or the studentís family. The Board directs that reasonable and appropriate methods (including but not limited to physical and/or technological access controls) are utilized to control access to student records and to make certain that school officials obtain access to only those education records in which they have legitimate educational interest.
The Board authorizes the administration to:
|A.||forward student records, including any suspension and expulsion action against the student, on request to a school or school district in which a student of this District seeks or intends to enroll upon condition that the studentís parents be notified of the transfer, receive a copy of the record if desired, and have an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the record;|
|B.||forward student records, including disciplinary records with respect to suspensions and expulsions, upon request to a public school or school district in which a student in foster care is enrolled. Such records shall be transferred within one (1) school day of the enrolling schoolís request;|
|C.||provide "personally-identifiable" information to appropriate parties, including parents of an eligible student, whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals, if there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, considering the totality of the circumstances;|
|D.||report a crime committed by a child with or without a disability to appropriate authorities and to transmit copies of the studentís special education records and disciplinary records including any suspension and expulsion action against the student to the authorities and school officials for their consideration;|
|E.||release de-identified records and information in accordance with Federal regulations;|
|F.||disclose personally identifiable information from education records, without consent, to organizations conducting studies "for, or on behalf of" the District for purposes of developing, validating or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs, or improving instruction;|
|Information disclosed under this exception must be protected so that students and parents cannot be personally identified by anyone other than representative of the organization conducting the study, and must be destroyed when no longer needed for the study. In order to release information under this provision, the District will enter into a written agreement with the recipient organization that specifies the purpose of the study. (See Form 8330 F14.) While the disclosure of personally identifiable information without consent is allowed under this exception, it is recommended that whenever possible the administration either release de-identified information or remove the students' names and social security identification numbers to reduce the risk of unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information.|
|G.||request each person or party requesting access to a student's record to abide by the Federal regulations concerning the disclosure of information.|
The Board will comply with a legitimate request for access to a student's records within a reasonable period of time but not more than forty-five (45) days after receiving the request or within such shorter period as may be applicable to students with disabilities. Upon the request of the viewer, a record shall be reproduced, unless said record is copyrighted, and the viewer may be charged a fee equivalent to the cost of handling and reproduction. Based upon reasonable requests, viewers of education records will receive explanation and interpretation of the records.
The Board shall maintain a record of those persons to whom information about a student has been disclosed. Such disclosure records will indicate the student, person viewing the record, information disclosed, date of disclosure, and date parental/eligible student consent was obtained (if required).
Upon written request by a studentís parent or legal guardian, the District shall disclose to the parent or legal guardian any personally identifiable information concerning the student that is collected or created by the District as part of the studentís education records.
If the District provides any personally identifiable information concerning the student that is collected or created by the District as part of the studentís education records to any person, agency, or organization, then the District shall disclose to the studentís parent or legal guardian upon his/her written request:
|A.||the specific information that was disclosed;|
|B.||the name and contact information of each person, agency, or organization to which the information has been disclosed;|
|C.||the legitimate reason that the person, agency, or organization had in obtaining the information.|
This information shall be provided without charge within thirty (30) days after the District receives the written request and without charge to the parent or legal guardian.
The District is not required to disclose to the parent or legal guardian, even upon written request, any personally identifiable information concerning the student that is collected or created by the District as part of the studentís education records and is provided to any person, agency, or organization in any of the following situations:
|A.||provision of such information to the Michigan Department of Education or CEPI|
|B.||provision of such information to the studentís parent or legal guardian|
|C.||provision of such information to its authorizing body or to an educational management organization with which it has a management agreement|
|D.||provision of such information to or from its intermediate school district or to another intermediate school district providing services to the District or its students pursuant to a written agreement|
|E.||provision of such information to a person, agency, or organization with written consent from the studentís parent or legal guardian or, if the student is at least age eighteen (18), the student|
|F.||provision of such information to a person, agency, or organization seeking or receiving records in accordance with an order, subpoena, or ex parte order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction|
|G.||provision of such information as necessary for standardized testing that measures the studentís academic progress and achievement|
|H.||provision of such information that is covered by the opt-out form described above, unless the studentís parent or legal guardian or, if the student is at least age eighteen (18) or is an emancipated minor, the student has signed and submitted the opt-out form referenced below|
Only "directory information" regarding a student shall be released to any person or party, other than the student or his/her parent, without the written consent of the parent; or, if the student is an eligible student, the written consent of the student, except those persons or parties stipulated by the Board policy and administrative guidelines and/or those specified in the law.
The Board shall exempt from disclosure directory information, as requested for the purpose of surveys, marketing, or solicitation, unless the Board determines that the use is consistent with the educational mission of the Board and beneficial to the affected students. The Board may take steps to ensure that directory information disclosed shall not be used, rented, or sold for the purpose of surveys, marketing, or solicitations. Before disclosing the directory information, the Board may require the requester to execute an affidavit stating that directory information provided shall not be used, rented, or sold for the purpose of surveys, marketing, or solicitation.
Each year the Superintendent shall provide public notice to students and their parents of its intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information":
|A.||a student's name;|
|B.||major field of study;|
|C.||participation in officially recognized activities and sports;|
|D.||height and weight, if member of an athletic team;|
|E.||height if member of an athletic team;|
|F.||weight, if member of an athletic team which requires disclosure to participate;|
|J.||telephone numbers or inclusion in PTO/PAT directories;|
|M.||school photographs or videos of students participation in school activities, events or programs.|
The Board designates school-assigned e-mail accounts as "directory information" for the limited purpose of facilitating studentsí registration for access to various online educational services, including mobile applications/apps that will be utilized by the student for educational purposes and for inclusion in internal e-mail address books. School-assigned e-mail accounts shall not be released as directory information beyond this/these limited purpose(s) and to any person or entity but the specific online educational service provider and internal users of the District's Education Technology.
The Superintendent will also develop a list of uses for which the District commonly would disclose a studentís directory information and develop an opt-out form that lists all of the uses or instances and allows a parent or legal guardian to elect not to have his/or her childís directory information disclosed for one (1) or more of these uses.
Each studentís parent or legal guardian will be provided with the opt-out form within the first thirty (30) days of the school year. The form shall also be provided to a parent or legal guardian at other times upon request.
If an opt-out form is signed and submitted to the District by a studentís parent or legal guardian, the District shall not include the studentís directory information in any of the uses that have been opted out of in the opt-out form. A student who is at least age eighteen (18) or is an emancipated minor may act on his/her own behalf with respect to the opt-out form.
Parents and eligible students may also refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the District within thirty (30) days after receipt of the District's public notice.
Armed Forces Recruiting
The Board shall provide United States Armed Forces recruiters with at least the same access to the high school campus and to student directory information (names, addresses, and telephone listings of secondary students) as is provided to other entities offering educational or employment opportunities to those students. "Armed forces of the United States" means the armed forces of the United States and their reserve components and the United States Coast Guard.
If a student or the parent or legal guardian of a student submits a signed, written request to the Board that indicates that the student or the parent or legal guardian does not want the studentís directory information to be accessible to official recruiting representatives, then the officials of the school shall not allow that access to the studentís directory information. The Board shall ensure that students and parents and guardians are notified of the provisions of the opportunity to deny release of directory information.
Public notice shall be given regarding the right to refuse disclosure of any or all "directory information" including to the armed forces of the United States and the service academies of the armed forces of the United States.
A fee, not to exceed the actual costs incurred by the high school, for copying and mailing student directory information under this section, may be charged an official recruiting representative.
Directory information received under armed services authorization request shall be used only to provide information to students concerning educational and career opportunities available in the armed forces of the United States or the service academies of the armed forces of the United States. An official recruiting representative who receives student directory information under this section shall not release that information to a person who is not involved in recruiting students for the armed forces of the United States or the service academies of the armed forces of the United States.
Annually the Board will notify male students age eighteen (18) or older that they are required to register for the selective service.
Requests to the District records officer shall be presented on a standardized form developed by the armed forces of the United States requesting access to a high school campus and a time for the access. Requests should bear the signature of the ranking recruiting officer of the armed service making the request.
Whenever consent of the parent(s)/eligible student is required for the inspection and/or release of a student's education records or for the release of "directory information", either parent may provide such consent unless stipulated otherwise by court order. If the student is under the guardianship of an institution, the Superintendent shall appoint a person who has no conflicting interest to provide such written consent.
The Board may disclose "directory information" on former students without student or parental consent, unless the parent or eligible student previously submitted a request that such information not be disclosed without their prior written consent.
The Board shall not sell or otherwise provide to a for-profit business entity any personally identifiable information that is part of a studentís education records. This does not apply to any of the following situations:
|A.||providing the information as necessary for standardized testing that measures the studentís academic progress and achievement|
|B.||providing the information as necessary to a person that is providing educational or educational support services to the student under a contract with the District|
The parent of a student or an eligible student has the right to inspect upon request any instrument used in the collection of personal information before the instrument is administered or distributed to a student. Personal information for this section is defined as individually identifiable information including a student or parentís first and last name, a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), a telephone number, or a Social Security identification number. In order to review the instrument, the parent or eligible students, must submit a written request to the building principal before the scheduled date of the activity. The instrument will be provided to the parent.
The Superintendent shall directly notify the parent(s) of a student and eligible students, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when such activities are scheduled or expected to be scheduled.
This section does not apply to the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students from the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or service for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:
|A.||college or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;|
|B.||book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;|
|C.||curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools;|
|D.||tests and assessments used by elementary and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments;|
|E.||the sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities; and|
|F.||student recognition programs.|
The Board may establish online access for the parents or the eligible student to the studentís confidential academic and attendance record. To authorize such access, the parents or the eligible student must sign a release (see Form 8330 F10). This release shall remind the parents or eligible student that the account and confidential information about the student is only as secure as they keep their account information. Neither the District nor its employees will be held responsible for any breech of this policy by the parent/eligible student or any unauthorized party.
The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure that students and parents are adequately informed each year regarding their rights to:
|A.||inspect and review the student's education records;|
|B.||request amendments if the record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's rights;|
|C.||consent to disclosures of personally-identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to unauthorized disclosures allowed by the law;|
|D.||challenge the Boardís noncompliance with a parentís request to amend the records through a hearing;|
|E.||file a complaint with the United States Department of Education;|
|F.||obtain a copy of the Boardís policy and administrative guidelines on student records.|
The Superintendent shall also develop procedural guidelines for:
|A.||the proper storage and retention of records including a list of the type and location of record;|
|B.||informing Board employees of the Federal and State laws concerning student records.|
The Board authorizes the use of the microfilm process or electromagnetic processes of reproduction for the recording, filing, maintaining, and preserving of records.
No liability shall attach to any member, officer, or employee of this District specifically as a consequence of permitting access or furnishing student records in accordance with this policy and regulations.
M.C.L. 380.1135, 380.1136
Letter, April 6, 2004 Jeremy Hughes, Deputy Supt. Department of Education
34 C.F.R. Part 99, 2002
Section 444 of subpart of part C of the General Education Provisions Act
Title IV of Public Law 90-247
20 U.S.C., Section 1232f through 1232i (FERPA)
20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act
20 U.S.C. 7165(b)
26 U.S.C. 152
20 U.S.C. 7908
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