FERPA Law Notice

Randolph Central School is required by law to provide an annual reminder of the rights of parents and eligible students (students 18 years of age and older) concerning school records. Under the FERPA Law, also known as the Buckley Amendment, parents and eligible students are guaranteed access to a student’s school records. Copies are available to parents or eligible students upon request at a fixed cost. Parents have the right to challenge the content of a school record.

This right includes the right to a hearing to present evidence that the school record should be changed. The school is required to maintain the confidentiality of all pupil records. Details of the FERPA Law are available in the District Office.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice for Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal Law, requires that Randolph Central School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Randolph Central School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Randolph Central School

District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; district newsletter; district calendar;

  • Honor roll or other recognition lists; graduation programs; and

  • Sports activity sheets showing weight and height of participants.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.

If you do not want RCS to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by the third week in September of each new school year.

Examples of directory information are:

  • Student’s name, address - Telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph

  • Date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level - Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams

  • Degrees, honors, and awards received

  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended