Notice of the District’s Use of Directory Information

FERPA requires the District, with certain exceptions, to obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of directory information from your student’s education records. However, the District may disclose appropriately designated directory information without your written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.

The District has designated the following information as directory information: the student’s name, address, telephone number and mail address; photograph; date and place of birth; dates of attendance; grade level; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors and awards; the most recent school; user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access records without a PIN, password, etc.

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the District to include this type of information from your student’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: a student directory; mailing lists for parent/guardian groups that are organized in affiliation with and support of schools (e.g., PTSA or the Bellevue Schools Foundation); a playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; school yearbooks and newspapers; commencement programs and honor rolls or other recognition lists; sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members; other school, curricular, or extracurricular activities. The Grade Point Average (GPA) of students in 11th and 12th grades will be shared as part of the Washington State Guaranteed Admission Program to the Washington State universities participating in the program.

The District can also disclose directory information to outside organizations without a parent’s/guardian’s prior written consent, so long as that information is not being gathered for a commercial purpose. In addition, federal law requires the District to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information for 11th and 12th grade students – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents/guardians or adult students have advised the District that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If parents/guardians DO NOT want the District to disclose directory information without their prior written consent, they (or an adult student) must notify their student’s school in writing or complete the annual data verification process by September 30, 2023. Otherwise, the District may disclose directory information from their student’s education records as described above.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.