Public Information/Communications

The district maintains a public information/communications program in order to promote widespread understanding of its mission, strategic goals, and initiatives and to provide a conduit for feedback from the community. Along with traditional print communications, the district uses a variety of communications tools, including video, e-mail, text messages and internet-based vehicles (i.e. Web sites and social networks).

Communications Tools
Release of student information 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Under FERPA, schools are permitted to disclose information on students if it has been properly designated as directory information. By law, directory information includes things that would generally not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, such as name, address, photograph, and date of birth. Directory information may not include things such as a student’s social security number or grades.

The Shenendehowa Board of Education has designated the following as student directory information: name, photograph, age, teacher, grade level, honors and awards received, student work/projects, participation in officially recognized school activities and sports, and height and weight of members of athletic teams. All other student information will not be released without written consent from the parent.

Parents may request that the aforementioned student directory information designated by the Board of Education not be released to any person without their prior written consent (opt-out) by sending a letter to the principal annually prior to the first day of school.