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Important Info on Directory/Photo/Emergency Opt-Out

Use of Directory Information and Photos

 

Federal law permits a school district to identify certain information as directory information that may be released publicly without the permission of the parent. The Snoqualmie Valley School District identifies the directory Information as: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, grade level, participation in activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, diplomas and awards received, schools attended, and parent(s) name and email. The district may also release photographs or video of students taken in school-related circumstances not generally considered harmful or an invasion of the privacy of the students.

 

Directory information or photos may be used for purposes such as publication of a student directory, school-related fundraising (Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, PTSAs), parent organization mailing lists, school yearbook, newspapers, commencement programs, and publishing honor rolls.  Photos, videos, and information about students may be used in school and district newsletters, email, websites, social media sites or released to the news media, as there are many opportunities to recognize student accomplishments and activities throughout the year.  Information will not be released for commercial purposes.

 

Parents who DO NOT want directory information or photographic images released must submit an OPT-OUT request in writing to their student’s school office ANNUALLYby September 15 each year.   More information regarding FERPA and the opt-out process is available online at: http://www.svsd410.org/Page/201#FERPAlink. If the school does not receive a written request by September 15, the school will assume that there is no objection to releasing such information.

 

A note about School Portrait Photography:  The school portrait photographer, regardless of whether a parent/guardian plans to purchase a photo package, will take photographs of all students. The student photograph (digital and physical) will be provided to the school district and to classroom teachers for internal use related to the student’s education.  Student photographs are uploaded into the district’s student information system, library system, lunch system, transportation system and other systems for operational efficiencies, and to enhance student safety and security.

 

 

Use of Mass Automated Call-out Notifications

 

Snoqualmie Valley schools use an automated mass notification system (School Messenger) to contact families by phone regarding emergencies, unexcused absences, and other school-related information.  The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) allows parents to opt out of receiving general information calls from the district and schools.  Families who do not want to receive general automated phone calls need to let their school office know in writing, by September 15 each year.  Please note that families who choose to opt out from phone calls may miss important information about their student(s).