At the beginning of each school year, Berkeley County School District (BCSD) distributes its Denial of Student Information Release form. Parents who return this form are officially informing the district that they are restricting or limiting the types of information that the school and district release during that academic year.
Copies of this form are available year-round on the district's website under "Registration information" (with a direct link here) and at your child's school.
Read below to learn more about this form, the kinds of information that parents may restrict, and how you can update the form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE DENIAL OF STUDENT INFORMATION RELEASE FORM
What is the purpose of the Denial of Student Information Release form?
State and federal guidelines permit (and in some cases require) BCSD to release student information, unless parents/guardians opt out. The use of any information by the District is for the promotion of the students' and the district's welfare. The Denial of Student Information Release form specifies to the district the kinds of information that you do not want released for your child.
I DO NOT need to restrict the kinds of information that is released for my child. Do I need to return the form?
You do NOT need to return the form to your child's school unless you want to restrict the information that is released for that school year. You will need to complete a new form at the start of each school year in which you would like to restrict the release of your child’s information. You may also submit a new form at any time to change your selections. Unless you opt-out, this information will be subject to release without notice or authorization.
I DO want to restrict the information that is released. How do I do so?
If you or your child would like to restrict the release of these types of information, please complete and return the Denial of Release of Student Information form to your child's school within 15 days of the start of the school year. Exclusions are good for the entire school year, unless you indicate a change in writing to the school’s office. If you do not return this form, we will presume that you consent to the release of this information.
If I do NOT return the Denial of Release form, what information may the district legally release?
The types of information that are subject to release are described below.
- Publicity Information: For publicity purposes, the District releases information about student activities and achievements in various ways including websites, newsletters, newspapers, public meetings, videos, media releases, etc. * If you restrict this information, the student will not be included in internal or external publicity about achievements of students and schools.
- Recruiter Information: Under the No Child Left Behind Act (ESEA), the District is required to release information about students to military and post-secondary institutions. * If you restrict this information, the student will not receive information regarding military, college and scholarship opportunities.
- Directory Information: Directory information about students may be released upon request under the Freedom of Information Act. Under FERPA, “directory information” can include the following: name, address, phone number, date of birth, dates of attendance, photographs, height & weight of athletes, honors, degrees, awards, and participation in activities and athletics. * If you restrict this information, the student will not be included in the yearbook or school roster. The student will not be included in publicity about achievements of students and schools. The student will not receive information regarding military, college and scholarship opportunities.
NOTE: Please note that the district reserves the right to release images and videos of activities which by their very nature involve exposure to the public (i.e. athletics, performances, competitions, graduations, assemblies, ceremonies, etc.) without authorization.
I still have questions about this form and my rights as a parent to restrict my child's information. Whom may I contact?
The District's Chief Administrative Officer would be happy to assist you by email or by phone at 843-899-8377. We are happy to hear from you and answer your questions.