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Student Directory Information and FERPA

Directory information is information contained in an educational record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. 

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), this serves as the annual public notice to parents or eligible students (at least 18 years of age or who are attending an institution of post-secondary education) of the District's definition of directory information, the parent or eligible student's right to opt out of the release of student directory information, and the time period to opt out in writing. Following public notice and a reasonable response period, the District may release directory information without individual consent.

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the District to include this type of information from the student's education records in certain school publications. Unless objection to any of the following items of information is submitted in writing by parents or legal guardians, or by those students themselves who are over the age of 18 years, the Commack School District hereby gives notice that directory information may be provided to parent/ teacher associations and representatives of the District's insurance carriers, entities providing educational, occupational, or career opportunities, or to publish in the Commack Courier, school student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks or other publications, daily or weekly newspapers, athletic programs, musical or theatrical programs, news releases, social media platforms.

The District has designated the following information as directory information: student’s name, address, age, major field of study, grade level, participation in sports and activities, weight and height (for members of athletic teams), extracurricular activities, dates of attendance, academic honors, achievements and awards, and photograph. 
 

District Website and Social Media Platforms

The Commack School District website is the main communication hub for the Commack community. The Commack School District assumes parents/guardians agree to permit their child's schoolwork/photos to be posted on the District website. The website includes many features including, but not limited to, District News Bites, Backpack News, and an interactive calendar of District and school events. Student’s last names are not included in any postings on our website to protect student privacy.

Internet Use by Students

The Commack UFSD assumes parents agree to permit student’s access to the Internet, District Network and other computerized resources used in school.

Opting-Out

If you do not want the District to disclose directory information from your child's education records to any parties for any purposes, other than those required by law, without your prior written consent, you must notify your child's building principal (K-5) or your child’s guidance counselor (6-12) in writing by the first day of the school year. 

In addition, please send a letter or email to Jose Santiago, PO Box 150, Commack, NY 11725 ([email protected]) for the purpose of updating the student’s information in Infinite Campus. Mr. Santiago’s office will confirm receipt of your letter or email. Please include your child’s name, grade, and school.

Parents and eligible students may not, by opting out of disclosure of directory information, prevent a school from:

1)      Disclosing or requiring a student to disclose the student's name, identifier, or school email address (if any) in a class in which the student is enrolled; or

2)      Requiring a student to wear or present a student identification card or a badge that displays information that may be directory information.

 

Commack Union Free School District

FERPA NOTIFICATION AND OPT OUT FORM 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT FORM

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FERPA DIRECTORY INFORMATION OPT OUT FORM

TO:  Mr. Jose Santiago, Administrative Associate for Instructional Technology, Hubbs Administration Center

RE:  Student Opt Out from the Release of Directory Information

To Mr. Santiago:

______ I object to the school or the District releasing any directory information of

__________________________ [print student name]

______ I object to the school or the District releasing the following directory information of

__________________________ [print student name]:

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

I understand that once this form has been signed, I must provide prior written consent for the release of directory information.

Signature of parent (or the student, if at least 18 years of age): __________________________

Date: _________

Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: [email protected]
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