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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN ... That Independent School District l96, pursuant to the U.S. General Education Provisions Act and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, declares the following as "directory information" as provided in said Act, and that information relating to students may be made public if said information is in any of the following categories:

  • *Student's name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation and performance in officially recognized school activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status
  • District-issued email address
  • Grade level
  • Degrees, honors, diplomas and awards received
  • Honor roll
  • School of attendance
  • The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
  • Photographs and other visual and audio representations for school-approved publications, yearbooks,
    newspapers, public presentations, student ID badges and publication on school-approved Internet pages
  • *Student identification (ID) number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes
    of accessing or communicating in electronic systems or displayed on a student ID badge

    • **9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade student’s home address and telephone number (for release to military recruiters
      and institutions of higher education, only)
    • ***In accordance with the Minnesota Statute 13.01-13.09, Government Data Practices Act and Public Law 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), the district must release to military recruiting officers and institutions of higher education the names, addresses and home telephone numbers of students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades within 60 days after the date of the request, unless parents or students refuse to release the information. Therefore, students’ addresses and students’ home telephone numbers are gathered only for 9th through 12th grade students, only for the purpose of providing the information to military recruiting officers and institutions of higher education.

Directory information does not include identifying data which references religion, race, color, disability, social position or nationality. Any parent or guardian of any student in the district, or any student 18 years of age or older, may notify the district of their desire that some or none of the above information is to be released without their consent by contacting the principal of the school which said student attends and completing Procedure 505.2.4.3P, Denial of Release of Directory and Yearbook Information. This notification must be given to the district within thirty (30) days of this publication notice or at any time with the approval of district level administration. If filed, a denial will remain in effect until it is modified or rescinded by the parent, guardian or eligible student.

Please understand that if you choose to deny the release of all directory information, your child (or you, if a student 18 years of age or older) will be excluded from such published lists as honor rolls, news releases regarding sports achievements, honors received, athletic contest programs, theater and fine arts programs, graduation programs, future class reunion mailings, etc.

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