What is directory information?


Certain information is made available to most individuals (those not listed under "Who can obtain personally identifiable information") only with parental written permission. Activities such as awards, scholarships, college/technical school information and various school publications such as yearbooks and athletic programs, however, require the use of some general information about students. Such information is called directory information and this information may be provided to a third party without parental consent.


The Washoe County School District defines directory information as:
  • name
  • date and place of birth, photographs
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • field of study
  • weight and height of athletes
  • enrollment status
  • degrees and awards received (this may include qualifying grade point average)
  • dates of enrollment
  • most recent previous school attended
  • grade level
  • grade point average range for college recruitment

According to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), directory information about students may be released by the district without parental consent, provided annual notification has been given and the school does not have on file written denial to release directory information.

Parents have the right to see any documents or materials directly related to their children that are kept within the school or Washoe County School District offices unless the document is a memory jogger note that is unshared.