The Columbia School District operates under the procedure of not making student information available unless permission is granted by parents, or as is provided in Section 438 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by S.J. Resolution 40; 20 U.S. Code 1232g. There is certain directory-type information, however, that the district may provide the general public:
General directory information: The following information the district maintains about a personally identifiable student may be disclosed by the district to the school community through, for example, district publications, or to any person without first obtaining written consent from a parent or eligible student:
The student's name; date and place of birth; parents' names; grade level; enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time); participation in district-sponsored or district-recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees, honors, and awards received; artwork or course work displayed by the district; schools or school districts previously attended; and photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound unless such records would be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy.
Limited directory information: In addition to general directory information, the following information the district maintains about a personally identifiable student may be disclosed to: school officials with a legitimate educational interest; parent groups or booster clubs that are recognized by the Board and are created solely to work with the district, its staff, students and parents and to raise funds for district activities; parents of other students enrolled in the same school as the student whose information is released; students enrolled in the same school as the student whose information is released; governmental entities including, but not limited to, law enforcement, the juvenile office and the Children's Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services:
The student's address, telephone number and e-mail address and the parents' addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.
In the event that any parents do not wish the directory information released for currently enrolled students of Columbia Public Schools, they have until September 8, 2017, to provide notice in writing to the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education or the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, 1818 West Worley Street, Columbia, MO, 65203.
Student Information Release Form JO-AF1
For the complete district policy on student records, click here