|2012-2013 Student Release Form (Within Code of Conduct)|
|Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the Scottsdale Unified School District to maintain a nondiscriminatory learning environment and to ensure that students are free from discrimination in any District program or activity on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion or disability.
1. The District affirms its intent to comply with all federal and state law relating to the prevention of discrimination.
2. Lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission and participation in District programs.
3. With respect to Title IX issues (gender-based discrimination), the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources is the District’s Title IX officer. If you have questions that cannot be answered at your school, please contact the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at 3811 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Phone (480) 484-6169.
4. With respect to Title VI issues (race, color, ethnicity or national-origin based discrimination), the Director of English Immersion Studies is the District’s current Title VI officer. If you have questions that cannot be answered at your school, please contact the Director of English Immersion Studies at 3811 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Phone (480) 484-8014.
5. Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provide protections against discrimination on the basis of a disability. If you have questions, please contact the Executive Director of Student Services and Grants at 3811 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85018. Phone (480) 484-6113.
6. Any student who knowingly makes false accusations of discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
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. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
• Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct record(s) which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record(s), the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record(s) setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
• Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
• School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State Law.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school (see Students Rights: page 11).