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Student Records & Directory

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age rights with respect to students’ education records. Parents and students have the right to:

  • Records. Requests for student educational records should be directed to the building administrator at the student’s school. Records include grades, test scores, attendance, discipline, and other information about a student that the district collects and maintains on a routine basis.
  • Privacy. You have a say in whether your child’s photos, names, and other directory information are used in publications on our website or by the media.

The law allows districts to disclose what they call “directory information” without your consent for the following purposes:

  • Yearbooks;
  • District social media posts;
  • District websites;
  • Videos, including the release of district-created videos to local media;
  • Sports team news reports and other coverage, including rosters;
  • My TRL (online-only Timberland Library Card)

If you do not want this information released, you must submit a letter to your child’s school, each school year, by September 29, requesting that your student’s Directory Information not be released for the purposes listed above. Each letter is good for one school year only.

How to Opt-Out of Directory Information

Requests by Military Recruiters

Federal law requires the district to provide military recruiters with student contact information unless parents/guardians tell the district not to do so. If you want your child’s contact information withheld specifically from military recruiters, you must inform your school in writing by September 29th of each year.