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Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The District is required to protect families from unauthorized release of certain information about students. However, "directory information" may be released without permission of parents, unless parents notify their child's school, in writing, of their objection by October 1.

Directory information is routinely released by the District in news releases, school event programs, and student directories, and may be released to law enforcement agencies as well. Such information is also released for the purpose of providing educational, scholarship, vocational/occupational and/or military information and services.

Directory information includes: student's name, parent's name, phone number, address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and athletics, weight/height of members of athletic teams, grade in school, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and previous educational agency or institution attended by student.

Communication Process

Communication is essential for successful relationships and organization success. To that end, we will use the following guidelines for communication. Questions and feedback are important in the continuous improvement process. It is important that we have this conversation in a respectful, civil manner. Even when we disagree, it is important that we work hard to be role models for our students about how conflicts are resolved in a positive manner.

    1. Contact the staff member directly responsible for the issue you have a concern about. Share your concerns and the facts or views you have. Be as clear as possible about what information you need or what you would like to have happen.

    2. The school principal or supervisor of the program (such as Transportation) is also a valuable source of information. If you do not know whom to contact, the supervisor or principal can help. This step is also necessary if your concerns were not answered in Step 1.

    3. If you are not satisfied with the answer or proposed solution to your concern at the principal/supervisor level, contact the Educational Services Center (425.431.7000) to speak with the administrator responsible for that school or program. In some circumstances, a formal hearing or review committee exists to review the matter. In all cases, we will review the issue with you and others concerned in the effort to reconcile the concerns and move forward.

    4. If your concern is about a district-wide matter or about a superintendent-level decision, please contact the Superintendent's Office (425.431.7003).

    5. If you have a question about Board policy or are not satisfied that the above process has produced a result you can accept, the Board of Directors will review your concern. In some matters, like student discipline, the Board may make a decision about the issue. In some cases, the Board of Directors is the final decision making body, while some matters may be appealed to other authorities. Personnel and individual student matters are handled in closed sessions with the board. Other matters may be presented to the Board in writing or at their regular meetings (usually the first and third Tuesday of each month).

This process is not to be used in a retaliatory manner.

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