The Board of Education recognizes the importance of accurate student records and the need to maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). With respect to a student's educational records, parents have the following rights:
It is the practice of the district to release educational records to officials of other schools in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or has enrolled.
The district may release student information defined as "directory
information" without prior written consent, unless otherwise notified by
parents. The district has designated directory information as: a student's name,
address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards,
participation in activities, dates of attendance, grade and school of
attendance, future educational plans, name of parents/guardians and a
photo/video of the student. Examples of the use of information include release
to the news media and in district communications such as the website, official
social media sites, and district newsletters. Parents/guardians who do not want
their child's directory information to be released should notify the building
principal at the school and notify the superintendent of schools at:
Superintendent of Schools, Niskayuna Central School District, 1239 Van Antwerp
Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309 by October 1 of each year.
PLEASE NOTE: While the district will honor the request of any parent who has submitted written notification opting their child out of publicity efforts, the district is not responsible for media that covers news happenings, sporting events, or other school events that are open to the public such as plays and musical performances.
In accordance with the No Child Left Behind law, the Niskayuna Central School District must release secondary school students' names, addresses and telephone listings to military recruiters or institutions of higher education, unless the students or their parents/guardians request in writing that such information not be released. To request a student's directory information not be released, send a written request to the superintendent of schools and the high school principal. A written request must be made annually.
In accordance with the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, the district is required to notify parents annually that the district may conduct student surveys during the school year that touch on topics such as: political affiliations or beliefs, religious practices or income. In such cases, a letter will be sent home outlining parent rights to opt a child out from such a survey before it is conducted.