Release of Student Information
Individual student records (grades, test scores, evaluations, etc.) are not available for public inspection. This information is available to the student’s parents, legal guardians, or to the individual student of legal age. However, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) allows student information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy to be disclosed. FERPA refers to this as “directory information.”
Federal laws require schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories—names, addresses, and telephone listings—unless parents have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Richland Two to include this type of information in certain school publications.
Examples include: Playbill showing a student’s role in a school or district play or drama production; annual yearbook, honor roll or other recognition lists; school or district websites; and graduation programs.
It is also very practical in working with the news media, allowing a student to appear in newspaper articles and on television. Student directory information is also used specifically for armed services recruiting purposes and for informing young people of scholarship opportunities. Federal laws require schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories—names, addresses, and telephone listings—unless parents have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed.
Directory information includes the student's:
Name, address, telephone number, photograph, date and place of birth, Major field of study Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, Dates of attendance Degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous school attended.
Parents objecting to the release of this information should notify the district Chief Communication Officer in writing within 15 days of receiving notification to review the back to school handbook. Click here to see a sample notification letter. Parents can request a printed copy of the handbook from their child's school or by calling 803.738.3232.
If a written objection is not submitted to the Chief Communication Office, the district is free to release this information as is appropriate. The use of any information by Richland Two is for the promotion of our students’ and district’s welfare. Any questions concerning student records should be addressed to the guidance office of the individual school.