• PRIVACY RIGHTS OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS

     

    Lakeview School District and its employees are required by law to protect the rights of students. The foundation of these rights comes from FERPA of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendments). All students are protected by the PA State Regulations contained in Chapter 12 known as Students' Rights and Responsibilities. In addition, PA State Rules and Regulations protect regular and special education students' rights and privacy.

    The basic premise of these laws, rules, and regulations is that information about students cannot be disclosed without written parental consent. Education Records consist of information directly related to a student, which are main-tained by an educational agency. Personally Identifiable Information includes the student's name, the name of the parents or other family members, a personal identifier or a list of personal characteristics that would make the student's identity easily traceable.

    Education Records and Personally Identifiable Information cannot be disclosed or released without written parent consent, or if a student is over eighteen (18), without written student consent. Written parental consent is necessary for disclosure of personally identifiable information and education records. The consent must specify the records that may be disclosed, state the purpose of the disclosure and identify to whom the disclosure may be made. Furthermore, the Lakeview School District must maintain a written record of disclosure for parents to inspect in case information has been released.

    Directory Information can be released without consent. Directory Information is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The Lakeview School District designates Directory Information as: the student's name, address, 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, degree and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.