FERPA Notification of Rights

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

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

 

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the School receives a request for access.Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

 

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the [School] to amend a record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why is should be changed. If the school decides not amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their 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.

 

  1. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.[Optional] Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. [NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]

 

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

 

[NOTE: In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by §99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

[Optional] See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosures of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student —

 

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interest. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31 (a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA). Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal-or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to 99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31 (a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§9.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))

This is the Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary

and Secondary Schools published by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 on behalf of the following districts:

 

INTERMEDIATE UNIT
BLaST Intermediate Unit 17
2400 Reach Road-PO Box 3609
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-323-8561

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17
33 Springbrook Drive
Canton, PA 17724
570-673-6001
Jennifer M. Starner
Director of Student Services
jstarner@iu17.org
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES
BRADFORD COUNTY
Athens Area School District
204 Willow Street
Athens, PA 18810
570-888-7766
Canton Area School District
509 East Main Street
Canton, PA 17724
570-673-3191
Northeast Bradford
526 Panther Lane
Rome, PA 18837
570-744-2521
Sayre Area School District
333 West Lockhart Street
Sayre, PA 18840
570-888-7615
Towanda Areas School District
410 State Street
Towanda, PA 18848
570-265-9894
Troy Area School District
30 Taylor Street
Troy, PA 16947
570-297-2750
Wyalusing Area School District
Box 157
Wyalusing, PA 18853
570-746-1600
Bradford County Prison
15927 Route 6
Troy, PA 16947
570-297-5047
TIOGA COUNTY
Northern Tioga School District
117 Coates Avenue
Elkland, PA 16920
814-258-5642
Southern Tioga School District
241 Main Street
Blossburg, PA 16912
570-638-2183
Wellsboro Area School District
227 Nichols Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-4424
Tioga County Prison
1768 Shumway Hill Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-5911
SULLIVAN COUNTY
Sullivan County School District
777 South Street
Laporte, PA18626
570-946-8200
LYCOMING COUNTY  
East Lycoming School District
349 West Cemetery Street
Hughesville, PA 17737
570-584-2131
Jersey Shore Area School District
175 A & P Drive
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
570-398-1567
Loyalsock Township School District
1720 Sycamore Road
Montoursville, PA 17754
570-326-6508
Montgomery Area School District
120 Penn Street
Montgomery, PA 17752
570-547-1608
Montoursville Area School District
50 North Arch Street
Montoursville, PA 17754
570-368-2491
Muncy School District
206 Sherman Street
Muncy, PA 17756
570-546-3125
South Williamsport Area School District
Raymond R. Rommelt Building
515 W. Central Avenue
South Williamsport, PA 17702
570-327-1581
Williamsport Area School District
Service Center
2780 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-327-5500
Lycoming County Prison
277 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701