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2416 - Student Privacy and Parental Access to Information

The School Board respects the privacy rights of parents and their children. Without prior written consent of the student (if an adult or emancipated minor) or of the parents (if an unemancipated minor) no student shall be required as a part of the school program or the District's curriculum to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  A. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parents

 

  B. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student's family

 

  C. Sex behavior or attitudes

 

  D. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior

 

  E. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships

 

  F. Legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers

 

  G. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the parents

 

  H. Income, other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program

 

The Superintendent shall establish procedures whereby parents may inspect any materials used in conjunction with any such survey, analysis, or evaluation.

Further, parents have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey or evaluation created by a third party before the survey/evaluation is administered or distributed by the school to the student. The parent will have access to the survey/evaluation within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal.

Additionally, parents have the right to inspect, upon request, any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum of the student or used in a research program in which the student is engaged. The parent will have access to the instructional material within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal. The term instructional material means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, including printed and representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the internet). The term does not include academic tests or assessments.

The Board will not allow the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information or for otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose.

The Superintendent is directed to provide notice directly to parents of students enrolled in the District of the substantive content of this policy at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period of time after any substantive change in this policy. In addition, the Superintendent is directed to notify parents of students in the District, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when the administration of any survey by a third party that contains one or more of the items described in A through H are scheduled or expected to be scheduled.

Parents have the right to inspect, upon request, any instrument used in the collection of personal information before the instrument is administered or distributed to the student. The parent will have access to the instrument within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal.

The term "personal information" means individually identifiable information including a student or parent's first and last name, a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), a telephone number, and a Social Security identification number.

This section does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:

  A. College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment

 

  B. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products

 

  C. Curricular and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools

 

  D. Tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments

 

  E. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities

 

  F. Student recognition programs

 

For purposes of this policy, the term "parent" includes a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives or a person who is legally responsible for the welfare of the child.

F.S. 1002.22
20 U.S.C. 1232 (g)(h)
34 C.F.R. Part 98

Revised 4/1/14

© Neola 2011

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