• Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rightsand Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age orolder ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student'seducation records.  These rights are:

    1.     The right to inspect and review the student's educationrecords within 45 days after the day the Big Sandy Public Schools receives arequest for access.

    Parents or eligible students should submit to the schoolsuperintendent a written request that identifies the records they wish toinspect.  The school official will makearrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the timeand place where the records may be inspected.

    2.     The right to request the amendment of the student’seducation records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate,misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights underFERPA.

    Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Big SandySchools to amend a record should write the school superintendent, clearlyidentify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should bechanged.  If the school decides not toamend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the schoolwill notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their rightto a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearingprocedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified ofthe right to a hearing.

    3.     The right to provide written consent before the schooldiscloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student'seducation records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosurewithout con­sent.

    One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, isdisclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by theschool as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member(including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or aperson serving on the school board.  Aschool official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of theschool who performs an institutional service of function for which the schoolwould otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control ofthe school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from educationrecords, such as  an attorney, audi­tor,medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve onan official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or aparent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official inperforming his or her tasks.  A school officialhas a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tionrecord in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    4.     The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Departmentof Education concerning alleged failures by Big Sandy Schools to comply withthe requirements of FERPA.  The name andaddress of the Office that administers FERPA are:

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Washington, DC  20202