Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Some of the information in your school records is not confidential and may be released without your consent. This information is known as “directory information.”
If you do not want directory information released, you must tell the principal in writing what types of directory information you do not want released. That written notice to the principal must be received no later than September 1 of each year or within 20 days of receiving this annual notice. You may use the form on page 11 to do this (Part 1).
Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled under federal law to a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of high school students unless you object to such release. If you notify your principal in writing at any time that you do not wish your child’s name, address, and telephone number released without your written consent, we will honor that request. You may use the form on page 11 to do this (Part 2).
Both parents have a right to see the school records of their child unless there is a certified copy of a court order on file at the school that specifically denies the right to access to school records.
Copies of school records are available for a minimal copying charge. If you have any questions about these rights, please contact your school office.
NOTIFICATION OF RESPONSIBILITY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE TRANSPORTED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
Pursuant to Florida State Board of Education Rule, the District is hereby notifying parents and guardians that they are responsible to:
1. Ensure the safe travel of their students during the portions of each trip to and from school and home when the students
are not under the custody and control of the District, including during each trip to and from home and the assigned bus
stop when the District provides bus transportation;
2. Ensure that students ride only in their assigned school buses and get off only at assigned bus stops, except when the District has approved alternative buses or arrangements;
3. Ensure students are aware of and follow the District’s adopted Code of Student Conduct while the students are at school bus stops and to provide necessary supervision during times when the bus is not present; and
4. Ensure that, when the physical disability of the student renders the student unable to get on and off the bus without assistance, the parent or guardian provides the necessary assistance to help the student get on and off at the bus stop,
as required by District policy or the student’s individual educational plan.
ANNUAL NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD POLICY REQUIRED BY THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) requires the Pinellas County School District to notify you concerning the following School Board policy. The policy requires the district to obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in surveys.
Policy 2416 Student Survey Administration
The purpose of this policy is to comply with the Federal law for the collection and reporting of certain information by means of student surveys. The information that will be collected relates to student attitudes and behaviors on topics such as school safety, substance use and the prevalence of risky attitudes or behaviors, particularly with respect to alcohol and drug abuse. In addition, these surveys also collect information on general health practices and human sexuality. Such information is collected anonymously, and no personally identifiable information is obtained from or reported on any individual student. The District cooperates with other agencies such as the Florida Department of Health in conducting these surveys.
All student surveys must be approved by the Department of Assessment, Accountability, and Research.
Parents will be notified of upcoming surveys that reveal information concerning one (1) or more of the following items:
- political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
- mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
- sexual behavior or attitudes;
- illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
- critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
- legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
- religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
- income (other than that required by law to determined eligibility for participation in a program or before receiving financial assistance under such program).
No student shall be required to participate in such a survey if the student or the student’s parent, if the student is less than eighteen (18) years of age, objects to participation.
Right to Inspect
A student or the student’s parent, if the student is less than eighteen (18) years of age, has the right to inspect any such survey instrument before the survey is administered or distributed to students if a request is made within a reasonable period of time. Parents also have the right to be advised of arrangements that will be made to protect student privacy.
Student survey instruments and teacher directions for administering the survey will be available at each participating school within a reasonable period of time prior to the survey administration.
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 or experimentation 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.
Notification of Parents
Parents will be notified of this policy annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period of time if any substantive change is made to this policy. Such notice shall include the specific or approximate dates during the school year when any such survey will be administered.
F.S. 1000.21(5), 1001.32(2), 1001.41, 1001.42, 1001.43, 1002.22
20 U.S.C. 1232g
NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE SCHOOL PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT 2018-2019
The annual school report for 2018-2019, including the average amount of money expended per student in each school, is available at your child’s school and the on district website at the following link, http://pcsb.org/Page/2949). Please contact your school to obtain a copy or visit the website if you would like to review the report.