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Pursuant to Florida law and School Board Policy 7.304, adult students and the parents or guardians of a student under age 18, currently or formerly in attendance in the Bay District School system, shall have the following rights with regard to public education records maintained by the District.
•           Right of access. The right to review and inspect student records, including the right to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records, and the right to obtain copies of said records. The District shall presume that either parent of a student has a right to inspect their child’s records unless the District has been provided with a legally binding instrument or court order which provides to the contrary.
•           Right to privacy. The right to privacy with respect to personally identifiable records held on each student, whether a current or a former student.
•           Right to waiver of access. The right to allow another party access to all personally identifiable student records.
•           Right to challenge and hearing. The right to challenge the content of any record which the parent, guardian, or adult student believes to be inaccurate, misleading or a violation of their privacy.
Student records are maintained at the school the student currently attends or, in the case of former students, the school last attended. The procedures for exercising the aforementioned rights are explained in further detail in School Board Policy 7.304, copies of which are in each school office, the District offices at 1311 Balboa Avenue, and via the Internet at www.bay.k12.fl.us/district/policy.
Bay District School system will forward records to other schools that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll (34CFR §§ 99.7 and 99.34(a) (ii). Such records will include disciplinary records, which will include suspension or expulsion.
Parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
File: Annual Notice Regarding Public Education Records.doc