Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Parents may inspect and review educational records of their students within 45 days of making a written request to the building principal.

Parents may request that records be amended by the school where there is a belief that inaccuracies exist. Such requests shall be made in writing and directed to the building principal.

The school may disclose the contents of a student's educational records to school officials having a legitimate educational interest without parental consent. School officials include administrators, supervisors, counselors, teachers, support staff members, school resource officers, a school board member, or a person or company contracted by the district to perform a special task.

The school may release directory information without parental consent, unless the parent has filed a written objection to releases with the superintendent of the Coldwater Community Schools, 401 Sauk River Drive, Coldwater, Michigan 49036. Directory information about a student includes: Name, address, telephone number, date of birth, photograph, major field of study or grade, participation in school activities, dates of school attendance, honors and awards, and other general information generally found in yearbooks.

Parents have a right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office in the U.S. Department of Education.

The above parental rights transfer to the student when he or she turns 18 years of age or enters a postsecondary educational institution at any age.