• Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)





    Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), any student 18 years or older and the parent(s) or legal guardian of any student under 18 years of age may inspect and review any official records, files, and data directly related to pupils within 45 days after the day the Falconer Central School District receives an access request. Student records are private unless the parent or student older than 18 consents to the disclosure of personally identifiable information. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and students are also entitled to an opportunity to request amendment of records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the students.


    The following directory information may be released without written consent provided the student or parent does not inform the district of their objection to such release within 30 days of the mailing of this notice: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, grade level, participation in sports and activities, weight and height (for members of athletic teams), dates of attendance, honors, degrees and awards, email address, photograph, and the name of educational institution previously attended.


    In compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the National Defense Authorization Act, and in accordance with FERPA, the district shall comply with a request by a military recruiter for names, addresses, and telephone listings of eligible students.  Parents may notify the school in writing of their objection to the release of student directory information to the military (see link to Policy 7241 - Student Directory Information, below).


    OPT-OUTIf you do not want the District to disclose the above directory information from your child’s educational records without your prior written consent, including to military recruiters, institutions of higher education, and potential employers, you must notify the District in writing by September 30th of the school year. This notice must be sent to the building principal of your child’s school.


    Policy 7240: Student Records - Access and Challenge

    Policy 7241: Student Directory Information

    Policy 7242: Military Recruiters' and Institutions of Higher Education


    Parents and eligible students have the right to file a privacy complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 

    FERPA - File A Complaint

    The FERPA Complaint Form (En Espanol: FERPA Complaint Form) may be emailed to FERPA.Complaints@ed.gov or mailed to:

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education, Student Privacy Policy Office

    400 Maryland Ave., SW,

    Washington, DC 20202-4605


    Link to Falconer CSD Parents Bill of Rights

    Link to US Dept. of Education - A Parent Guide to FERPA

    Link to US Dept. of Education Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Last Modified on May 29, 2024