Special Education FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires the Allegheny Valley School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Allegheny Valley may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

• A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production
• The annual yearbook
• Honor roll or other recognition lists
• Graduation programs
• Sports activity sheets, such as wrestling, showing weight and height of team members

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, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws required local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want Allegheny Valley to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by the beginning of the school year. The Allegheny Valley School District has designated the following information as directory information:

A Student's:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Photograph
  • Grade level
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports 
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended