The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Manassas Park City Public Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain the parent’s/eligible student’s written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the child’s educational records. However, Manassas Park City Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless the parent/eligible student has advised the school to the contrary. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Manassas Park City Public Schools to include this type information from the student’s educational records in certain school related publications.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, school-sponsored parent groups, booster clubs, companies that provide school pictures, graduation gowns, or other third parties who need the information for school-related activities. In addition, federal law requires Manassas Park City Public Schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless the parent has provided written notice that they do not want their child’s information disclosed.
Manassas Park City designates the following as directory information:
- Student's name
- Date and place of birth
- Dates of attendance
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Height and weight if member of athletic team
- Degrees, honors, and awards received
- Grade level
- Photographs, video and/or audio recordings (regardless of the technology and medium of recording) including those made in a place where a student does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, (hallway, cafeteria, athletic field, gymnasium, school grounds, auditorium, or school bus)
- Major field of study
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended
Parents who do not wish to disclose directory information from their child's education records without prior written consent, must notify the school division in writing within 15 administrative work days from the start of school or from the time of enrollment.
No school discloses the address, telephone number, or email address of a student pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 99.31(a)(11) or the Virginia Freedom of Information Act unless the parent or eligible student affirmatively consents in writing to such disclosure.
Adopted: May 20, 2019