Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification
The FERPA, a federal law, requires that the Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC), with certain exceptions, obtain a parent/guardian’s written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. However, GCSC may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without consent, UNLESS A PARENT/GUARDIAN HAS ADVISED GCSC TO THE CONTRARY. The primary purpose of the directory information is to allow the district and its schools to include this type of information in certain publications such as, a playbill or program, yearbook, honor roll or other special recognitions, graduation programs, and sports activity sheets or programs.
If a parent/guardian does not want the GCSC to disclose directory information from his/her student’s education records, the parent/guardian must notify each individual school in writing by the first week in October. More information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is available on the U.S. Department of Education web site.