The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records, and requires that Lexington County School District One obtain your written consent or the student’s written consent if over 18 years of age, with certain exceptions, prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.

    The district may, however, disclose, appropriately designated “directory information” without a parent’s prior written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary. 

    Directory information is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released and which is normally included in certain school publications.

    During your child’s school career, your child will participate in a variety of academic, athletic, fine arts, and other events and activities. During these events and activities, your child may be photographed and/or interviewed by district or school staff, other students or news media. Information about your child may appear in school annuals or yearbooks, newspaper articles, on television, in radio broadcasts, on displays, on the internet, or in district/school promotional pieces including, but not limited to, district or school websites, brochures, fliers, honor roll or other recognition lists, newsletters, playbills, programs (including graduation and athletic programs), television shows, videos, etc. The district may include some directory information in these school, district or media pieces.

    In compliance with the law, the district also routinely discloses directory information (name, address, telephone number) to military recruiters, upon request.

    The district also routinely discloses directory information to outside organizations such as companies that manufacture class rings, take school photographs or publish school annuals or yearbooks.

    Lexington County School District One classifies the following student information as directory information:

    • student’s name,

    • student’s home address,

    • student’s home telephone number,

    • student’s photograph(s),

    • student’s date and place of birth,

    • student’s major field of study,

    • student’s dates of attendance,

    • student’s school and grade level,

    • student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports,

    • student’s weight and height if he/she is a member of an athletic team(s),

    • student’s degrees, honors or awards received,

    • student’s most recent educational agency or institution attended,

    • student’s district-assigned identification number (not Social Security number), user ID or other personal identifier, and

    • student’s information to military recruiters.

    At the beginning of each school year, you receive information about FERPA in the district's Online Registration system.

    If you want to change the way your child’s directory information is handled, you must fill out another form (available below) and return it to your child’s principal.

    More in-depth information about FERPA and the form appear below.