The Board of Education believes that information about individual students must be compiled and maintained in the interest of the student’s educational welfare and advancement.  The Board will strive to balance the student’s right to privacy against the district’s need to collect, retain, and use information about individual students and groups of students.  The Board authorizes the establishment and maintenance of student files that include only those records mandated by law, rules of the State Board of Education, authorized administrative directive, and those records permitted by this Board.

 

The Superintendent shall prepare, present to the Board for approval, and distribute regulations that implement this Policy and conform to applicable State and Federal law and rules of the State Board of Education.

 

General Considerations

 

The Board of Education shall compile and maintain student records and regulate access, disclosure, or communication of information contained in educational records in a manner that assures the security of such records in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq.  Student records shall contain only such information as in relevant to the education of the student and is objectively based on the personal observations or knowledge of the certified school personnel who originate(s) the record.  The school district shall provide annual, written notification to parents, adult students, and emancipated minors of their rights in regard to student records and student participation in educational, occupational, and military recruitment programs.  Copies of the applicable State and Federal laws and local policies shall be made available upon request.  The school district shall make every effort to notify parents and adult students in their dominant language.

 

Nothing in this Policy shall be construed to prohibit certified school personnel from disclosing student records to non-adult students or to appropriate persons in connection with an emergency, if such knowledge is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

 

No liability shall be attached to any member, officer, or employee of the Board of Education permitting access or furnishing student records in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq.

 

Student Information Directory

 

A student information directory is a publication of the Board of Education that includes information relating to a student as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-2.1.  This information includes:  name, grade level; date and place of birth; dates of school attendance; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities; weight and height relating to athletic team membership; degrees; awards; the most recent educational agency attended by the student; and other similar information.  The student information directory shall be used only by authorized school district personnel and for designated official use by judicial, law enforcement, and medical personnel and not for general public consumption.  In the event the school district publishes a student information directory, the Superintendent or designee will provide a parent or adult student a ten-day period to submit to the Superintendent a written statement prohibiting the school district from including any or all types of information about the student in any student information directory before allowing access to such directory to educational, occupational, and military recruiters pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19.1 and P.L. 107-110 sec. 9528, Armed Forces Recruiter Access to Students and Student Recruiting Information of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

School Contact Directory for Official Use

 

A school contact directory for official use is a compilation by the school district that includes the following information for each student:  name; address; telephone number; date of birth; and school enrollment.  The district shall compile and maintain a school contact directory for official use that is separate and distinct from the student information directory.  The student contact directory may be provided for official use only to judicial and law enforcement personnel, and to medical personnel currently providing services to the student in question.  To exclude any information from the school contact directory for official use the parent, adult student, or emancipated minor shall notify the Superintendent or designee in writing.

 

Mandated and Permitted Student Records

 

Mandated student records are those records school districts have been directed to compile by State statute, regulations, or authorized administrative directive in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.3.

 

Permitted student records are those student records not mandated pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.3, but authorized by the Board to promote the student’s educational welfare.  The Board shall authorize the permitted records to be collected by adopting Policy and Regulation 8330, which will list such permitted records.

 

Maintenance and Security of Student Records

 

The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for the security of student records maintained in the school district.  Policy and Regulation 8330 assure that access to such records is limited to authorized persons.

 

Records for each individual student may be stored electronically or in paper format.  When student records are stored electronically, proper security and back-up procedures shall be administered.

 

Student health records, whether stored on paper or electronically, shall be maintained separately from other student records, until such time as graduation or termination, whereupon the health history and immunization record shall be removed from the student’s health record and placed in the student’s mandated record.  Records shall be accessible during the hours in which the school program is in operation.

 

Any district internet website shall not disclose any personally identifiable information about a student without receiving prior written consent from the student’s parent, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-35.  Personally identifiable information means student names; student photos; student addresses; student e-mail addresses; student phone numbers; and locations and times of class trips.

 

Access to Student Records

 

Only authorized organizations, agencies, or persons as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.5 shall have access to student records, including student health records.  Access to student records shall be provided to persons authorized such access under N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq. within ten days of a request, but prior to any review or hearing conducted in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A.

 

The district shall control access to, disclosure of, and communication regarding information contained in student health records to assure access only to people permitted by Federal and State statute and regulations in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.5.

 

The district may charge a reasonable fee for reproduction of student records, not to exceed the schedule of costs set forth in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5, provided that the cost does not effectively prevent the parents or adult students from exercising their rights under N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7 or other Federal and State rules and regulations regarding students with disabilities, including N.J.A.C. 6A:14.

 

Access to and disclosure of a student’s health record shall meet the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (FERPA).

 

Only authorized organizations, agencies, or persons as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.5 shall have access to student records, including student health records.

 

Nothing in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq. or in Policy and Regulation 8330 shall be construed to prohibit school personnel from disclosing information contained in the student health record to students or adults in connection with an emergency, if such knowledge is necessary to protect the immediate health or safety of the student or other persons.

 

In complying with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7 – Student Records, individuals shall adhere to requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-10, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and 34 CFR Part 99, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

Conditions for Access to Student Records

 

All authorized organizations, agencies, and persons defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1 et seq. shall have access to the records of a student subject to conditions outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.6(a).

 

Rights of Appeal for Parents and Adult Students

 

Student records are subject to challenge by parents and adult students on the grounds of inaccuracy, irrelevancy, impermissive disclosure, inclusion of improper information or denial of access to organizations, agencies, and persons in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.7(a).

 

To request a change in the record or to request a stay of disclosure pending final determination of the challenged procedure, the parent or adult student shall follow the procedures pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.7(b).

 

Appeals relating to student records for students with disabilities shall be processed in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.7(b).

 

Regardless of the outcome of any appeal, a parent or adult student shall be permitted to place in the student record a statement commenting upon the information in the student record or setting forth any reasons for disagreement with the decision made in the appeal.  Such statements shall be maintained as part of the student record as long as the contested portion of the record is maintained.  If the contested portion of the record is disclosed to any party, the statement commenting upon the information shall also be disclosed to that party.

 

Retention and Disposal of Student Records

 

A student record is considered to be incomplete and not subject to the provisions of the Destruction of Public Records Law, N.J.S.A. 47:3-15 et seq., while the student is enrolled in the school district.  The school district shall retain the student health record and the health history and immunization record according to the School District Records Retention Schedule, as determined by the New Jersey State Records Committee.

 

Student records of currently enrolled students, other than that described in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8€, may be disposed of after the information is no longer necessary to provide educational services to a student and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8(b).

 

Upon graduation or permanent departure of a student from the school district, the parent or adult student shall be notified in writing that a copy of the entire student record will be provided to them upon request.  Information in student records, other than that described in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8€ may be disposed of, but only in accordance with the Destruction of Public Records Law, N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8©2.

 

No additions shall be made to the record after graduation or permanent departure without the prior written consent of the parent or adult student.

 

In accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8€, the New Jersey public school district of last enrollment, graduation, or permanent departure of the student from the school district shall keep for 100 years a mandated record of a student’s name, date of birth, name of parents, gender, health history and immunization, standardized assessment results, grades, attendance, classes attended, grade level completed, year completed, and years of attendance.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19; 18A:36-19.1; 18A-40-4; 18A:40-19

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.1; 6A:32-7.2; 6A:32-7.3; 6A:32-7.4; 6A:32-7.5;

6A:32-7.6; 6A:32-7.7; 6A:32-7.8

 

Adopted:  February 2017