On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the Leon County School (LCS) Board will consider changes to the Board’s public records policy.
Per the LCS staff, the proposed “policy revisions removes duplicative language and includes provisions that maintain consistency and continuity for requests for public records in accordance with Florida Statutes.”
One of the changes includes updating language related to a Custodian of Records for the District. The policy identifies a Custodian of Records Requests (CORR) position that is responsible for implementing the requirements detailed in Florida State law.
Another change relates to the availability of “directory information” for students.
The policy notes that LCS “shall make available, upon request, certain information known as “directory information” without prior permission of the parents or the eligible student and shall charge fees for copies of designated directory information as provided in State law.”
The policy states that the directory information “shall not be provided to any organization for profit-making purposes, unless the request is approved, in a non-discriminatory manner, by the Superintendent.”
Also noted in the policy is that the “designation of directory information shall occur at a regularly scheduled Board meeting and the Board shall consider whether designation of such information would put students at risk of becoming targets of marketing campaigns, the media, or criminal acts.”
Based on the policy, the Board designates as student directory information the following:
1. A student’s name;
3. Participation in officially-recognized activities and sports;
4. Height and weight, if a member of an athletic team;
5. Dates of attendance;
6. Date of graduation or program completion;
7. Diplomas, certificates, and, awards received; and
8. The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
The policy also notes that “parents or eligible students may, by providing a written statement to the principal within two weeks of the first day of the school year or entry into the school system request that all specific portions of directory information for that specific student not be released.”