The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the Banks County Board of Education, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Banks County Board of Education may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the Banks County Board of Education to the contrary in accordance with Banks County Board of Education procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Banks County Board of Education to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
The annual yearbook;
Honor roll or other recognition lists;
Graduation programs; and
Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings, provide digital education resources, or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want the Banks County Board of Education to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the Banks County Board of Education in writing within 10 business days of the beginning of the school year for returning students or within 10 business days of enrollment for new students.
Please submit requests to: Banks County Board of Education Attn: Student Information Coordinator PO Box 248 Homer, GA 30547
Please Note: Opting out will severely limit your child’s access to digital learning and technological resources.
The Banks County Board of Education has designated the following information as directory information:
Electronic mail address
Date and place of birth
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Degrees, honors, and awards received
The most recent educational agency or institution attended
Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user
A student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student ID badge, but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.