Releasing Directory Information
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act defines certain information about your children as "directory information." This information may be released unless it is requested in writing to the school district that such information not be released. Directory information is:
- Student's name, address, and telephone number
- Photograph Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Dates of attendance and grade level
- Degrees and awards received
- Most previous educational agency or institution attended by the student
This type of information is used in school publications such as newsletters, school programs (music, drama, graduation, etc.), sports information sheets, honor roll and/or other recognition lists. During the school year, district personnel will be photographing students for publications, school newsletters, and websites. Requests for directory information also come from the local media.
In addition, many school events, activities and concerts will be videotaped for presentation on Tumwater's local cable channel, Channel 26. Parents who do not want their children included should make that request in writing to their school office each year.
Two federal laws require local educational agencies under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories: name, address and telephone listing, unless parents have advised the district, in writing, not to release such information. In the fall, all parents of juniors and seniors will receive an informative letter with an "opt out" form to sign and return by October 1st. The "opt out" form is also available by clicking here. (in PDF format).
The Tumwater School District will not release any directory information for commercial purposes or for other purposes not related to the conduct of school business.