Policy Details

5145.15 Directory Information




Directory information nor class lists of student's names and/or addresses, and telephone lists shall not be distributed without the consent of the parent or legal guardian of the student or by the student who has attained status as an eligible student. (An eligible student is a student or former student who has reached eighteen years of age or who is attending an institution of post-secondary education or is an emancipated minor.)

"Directory Information" means one or more of the following items: student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field(s) of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, photographic, computer and/or video images, grade levels, electronic mail address, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, including honor roll publication, and the most recent previous public or private school attended by the student, parent's name and/or e-mail address.

A student's Social Security Number or student ID number is prohibited from designation as directory information. However, student ID numbers user ID, or other electronic personal identifiers used by a student to access or communicate in electronic systems may be disclosed only if the identified cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticates the user's identity such as a personal identification number (PIN), password or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.

Military recruiters or institutions of higher learning shall have access to secondary school students' names, addresses, and telephone listings unless a secondary student eighteen years of age or older or the parent of the student requests that such information not be released without prior written parental consent. The Board of Education shall notify parents and students of the option to make such a request and shall comply with any request received.

Any person or organization denied the rights accorded under this policy shall have the right to request a review of the decision by the Board of Education by filing a written request with the Superintendent of Schools.

Public Notice

The District will give annual public notice to parents/guardians of students in attendance and students eighteen years of age or emancipated. The notice shall identify the types of information considered to be directory information, the District's option to release such information and the requirement that the District must, by law, release secondary students' names, addresses and telephone numbers to military recruiters and/or institutions of high education, unless parents/guardians or eligible students request the District withhold this information and such release would require their written permission. Such notice will be given prior to the release of directory information.

A student ID number or other unique personal identified that is displayed on a student ID badge may be considered as directory information only if the identified cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticates the user's identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.


Exclusions from any or all directory categories names a directory information or release of information to military recruiters and/or institutions of high education must be submitted in writing to the Principal by the parent/guardian, student of eighteen years of age or emancipated student with fifteen days of the annual public notice.

(cf. 5125 ‑ Student Records; Confidentiality)

Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1‑210 (11) Access to public records. Exempt records.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10‑221b Boards of education to establish written uniform policy re treatment of recruiters.
Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 9section 438 of the General Education Act, as amended, added by section 513 of P.L. 93 568, codified at 20 U.S.C. 1232g and Final Rule 34 CF Part 99, December 9, 2008 and December 2, 2011.)
P.L. 106-398, 2000 H.R. 4205: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.
Section 8528, ESEA, as amended by NCLB and ESSA.
34 C.F.R. §99.3
34 C.F.R. §99.31(11)
34 C.F.R. §99.37

Litchfield Board of Education
Policy adopted: 4/19/2006
Policy Revised: 7/23/2020

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