The school district may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without prior written consent, unless written notification is on file with the school principal. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school district to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school and District publications, on the District's website and television station, and in media print, electronic and broadcast outlets. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- School or district programs;
- The annual yearbook;
- Honor roll or other recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Sports activity sheets showing weight and height of team members.
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. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want the school district or your child's school to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify your child's principal in writing by September 30. Your request will be effective throughout the school year and must be renewed annually.
The following is directory information:
- Student's name
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Telephone listing
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Electronic District mail address
- Degrees, honors, and awards received
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Grade level
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended
For further information: Student Information & Reporting (914) 376-8232