Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records which are kept and maintained by USD 490. In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:
1. The right to review and inspect all of your educational records except those which are specifically exempt. Records will be available within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access.
2. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons with certain limited expectations. Disclosure of information from your educational records to other persons will occur only if:
a. the district has your prior written consent for disclosure;
b. the information is considered “directory information” and you have not
objected to the release of such information; or
c. disclosure without your prior consent is permitted by law. Including:
1. The district may disclose, without your consent, personally identifiable information to school officials with a legitimate educational interest.
2. The district may disclose, without your consent, education records to officials of another district in which a student seeks to enroll or intends to enroll.
3. The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe the records are misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of your rights. This includes the right to request a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.
4. The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD 490 has failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements. The address of this office is 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 4074, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
5. The right to obtain a copy of USD 490 policies for complying with FERPA. A copy may be obtained from the USD 490 Administrative Office, 124 West Central Avenue, El Dorado, KS, 67042.
For purposes of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, USD 490 designates the following information contained in educational records as directory information, which may be disclosed for any purpose without your prior consent. This information would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.
The following information is considered directory information: name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph (including video and the internet), date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors and awards received, and class designation. In addition, the district and/or any of it employees or agents may use the student’s likeness, or voice, or all to be recorded and exhibited as still photographs, transparencies, motion pictures, television, videotape recordings or other similar media, including internet applications.
The custodian of records shall make student recruiting information (name, address and telephone listing) available to military recruiters and postsecondary institutions unless parents or eligible students request the information not be released without written consent.
You have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information, video and still photograph information, or student recruiting information. If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect with Unified School District No. 490 at the District Office, 124 W Central, El Dorado, Kansas, 67042 on or before August 31, 2016. If a refusal is not filed, USD 490 assumes you have no objection to the release of the directory information or recruiting information designated.
(updated May 2016)
Title I: Parents Right to Know
USD 490 has Title I schools (Jefferson, Lincoln, Skelly and El Dorado Middle School) and must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind. These rules allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:
• Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching.
• Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
• What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
• Additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.
Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled.
If you have any questions about your child’s classroom assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact the school office.
We encourage you to remain involved in your child’s education and encourage you to call your school office with any questions and/or concerns.