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FERPA Policy

                                  NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
                                         FOR CHECOTAH PUBLIC SCHOOL

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18
years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education rec-
ords. They are:

(1.) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the
day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit
to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the
record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and no-
tify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be in-

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent
or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may
ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They
should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want
the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing
regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing pro
cedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the stu-
dent's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con-
sent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials
with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an
administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff
and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company
with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor,
medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as
a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another, school official in performing his or
her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the Dis-
trict discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which
a student seeks or intends to enroll.

(4.) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged fail
ures by the 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 Edu-
cation 600 Independence Avenue, Southwest Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

More information may be obtained by contacting Lisa Vandiver, Director of Special Services for Checo-
tah Public Schools. Phone: (918) 473-5832.