What is Directory Information?
Detroit Public Schools Community District takes student data privacy seriously. Only directory information regarding a student shall be released to any person or party, other than the student or his/her parent, without the written consent.
The District defines “directory information,” as:
- a student’s name;
- participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
- height and weight, if member of an athletic team;
- date of graduation;
- awards received;
- honor roll;
- telephone numbers and/or addresses for inclusion in school or PTA directories;
- school photographs or videos of students participating in school activities, events or programs.
This directory information is used in school publications, yearbooks, activity and athletic programs, television productions, web sites, as well as inquiries from community partners, other schools, and potential employers. In addition, the District is required by law to provide military recruiters with the same access to directory information as is provided to prospective employers.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, and Detroit Public School Community District Board Policy allows my school or school district to disclose designated “directory information” to third parties, unless a student’s parent or legal guardian opts out.
Why Would a Parent or Guardian Submit this Form?
Parents or guardians should complete this Directory Information Opt-Out Form if they do not want some or all of the directory information listed above shared with third parties.Interested parents or guardians should complete this digital form to complete their request. Following submission, the District will verify submitted information against parent or guardian information in the District's official Student Information System and will make appropriate adjustments for all verified requests.