Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that
    Thompson School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior
    to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education
    records. However, Thompson School District may disclose appropriately designated
    “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district
    to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of
    directory information is to allow Thompson School District to include this type of
    information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.
    Examples include: a playbill showing your student’s role in a drama production,
    annual yearbook, honor roll or other recognition lists, graduation programs, etc.
    If you do not want Thompson School District to disclose directory information from
    your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify
    the district in writing by September 7 or the following Monday if September 7 falls
    on a weekend. Thompson School District has designated the following information
    as directory information: student's name, e-mail address, 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, grade
    level, enrollment status, degrees, honors and awards received, the most recent
    previous education agency or institution attended by the student, and student
    identification number or other unique personal identifier displayed on a student ID
    badge or used by the student to access or communicate in electronic systems, but
    only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to student education records
    except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the
    user’s identity, such as a password known only by the authorized user.