Notification of FERPA Rights

The  Family  Educational    Rights  and  Privacy  Act  (FERPA)  affords  parents  and  “eligible students”  (students  over  18  years  of  age  or  students  who  are  attending  a  postsecondary  institution) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. 

They are: 

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five  (45)  days of the day the District receives a request for access.Parents or eligible students should submit to the school Principal/designee a written request that  identifies  the  record(s)  they  wish  to  inspect.  The  Principal  will  make  arrangements  for  access  and  notify  the  parent  or  eligible  student  of  the  time  and  place  where  the  record(s)  may be inspected. 
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or  eligible  student  believes  are  inaccurate,  misleading,  or  in  violation  of  the  student’s  privacy or other rights.Parents  or  eligible  students  may  ask  the Weekend School to  amend  a  record  that  they  believe  is  inaccurate,  misleading,  or  in  violation  of  privacy  or  other  rights.  They  should  write  the  school  Principal,  clearly  identify  the  part  of  the  record  they  want  changed,  and  specify  why  it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy or other rights. If the Weekend School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the  Weekend School  will  notify  the  parent  or  eligible  student  of  the  decision  and  advise  him\her  of the   right   to   a   hearing   regarding   the   request   for   amendment.   Additional   information   regarding  the  hearing  procedures  will  be  provided  to  the  parent  or  eligible  student  when  notified of the right to a hearing.  
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information   contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.Exceptions that permit disclosure without consent include:
    1. Disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A “school official”  is  a  person  employed  by  the  District  as  an  administrator,  supervisor,  instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement  unit  personnel);  a  person  serving  on  the  school  Board;  a  person  or  company  with  whom  the  District  has  contracted  to  perform  a  special  task  (such  as  an  attorney,  auditor,  medical  consultant,  or  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.            A  school  official  has  a  legitimate  educational  interest  if  the  official  needs  to  review   an   education   record   in   order   to   fulfill   his/her   professional   responsibility to the Weekend School 
    2. Upon  request,  disclosure  of  education  records  without  parent/eligible  student  notice  or  consent  to  officials  of  another  school  district  or    post-secondary institution in  which  a  student  seeks  or  intends  to  enroll  or  is  already  enrolled  or to other entities authorized by law so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
    3. Disclosure  of  information  to  those  whose  knowledge  of  such  information  is  necessary  to  respond  to  an  actual,  impending,  or  imminent  articulable  and  significant health/safety threat
  4. The  right  to  notify  the  District  in  writing  to  withhold  information  the  Weekend School Council  has  designated  as  directory  information  as  listed in the annual directory information notice the Weekend School provides to parents/eligible students. To  exercise  this  right,  parents/eligible  students  shall  notify  the  Weekend School by  the  deadline designated by the Weekend School.
  5. The  right  to  prohibit  the  disclosure  of  personally  identifiable  information  concerning  the  student  to  recruiting  representatives  of  the  U.  S.  Armed  Forces  and  its  service  academies,  the  Texas  Air  National  Guard,  and  the  Texas  Army National Guard. Unless the parent or secondary school student requests in writing that the Weekend School not release  information,  the  student’s  name,  address,  and  telephone  number  (if  listed)  shall be released to Armed Forces recruiters upon their request. 
  6. The  right  to  file  a  complaint  with  the  U.S.  Department  of  Education  concerning  alleged  failures  by  the  District  to  comply  with  the  requirements  of  FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office 

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW 

Washington, DC 20202-8520