NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
STUDENT PRIVACY (SURVEYS OF STUDENTS) POLICY
Surveys can be a valuable resource for schools and communities in determining student needs for educational services. When a survey is used, every effort should be made to ask questions in a neutral manner to ensure the accuracy of the survey.
Administrators, teachers, other staff members and the Board of Trustees may use surveys for many purposes. Such purposes may include, but are not limited to, the need for student services, the determination of prevailing views pertaining to proposed policies and/or practices, or the determination of student knowledge and/or attitudes related to a specific subject or unit. These are examples of surveys and not intended to be an all-inclusive listing. Administrative approval is required for surveys. Responses will not be used in any identifying manner. Parents shall have the right to inspect all instructional material that will be used for a survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of a federal program.
The Superintendent/Head of School or designee must approve all surveys that include reference to any of the factors listed below. In addition, no student may, without parental consent, participate in a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
3. Sexual behavior and attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships; such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;
7. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program); or
8. Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
Surveys conducted for other agencies, organizations or individuals must have the recommendation of the Superintendent/Head of School or designee as to content and purpose. The results of such approved surveys must be shared with the Board of Trustees.
Parents/guardians shall have the right to inspect, upon their request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to a student. Such requests shall be made in writing with a response to be at least two weeks in advance of any survey to be given.
Overall survey results following decisions must be shared with all parties who request such information.
Parents/guardians shall be notified at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, of this policy and when enrolling students for the first time. This notification shall explain that
parents/guardians, or students 18 or older, have the right to “opt the student out of participation,” in writing, in the following activities:
1. The collection, disclosure and use of personal information gathered from students for the purpose of marketing or selling the information. This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to students, such as:
a. College or other post-secondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;
b. Book clubs, magazines and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;
c. Curriculum and instructional materials used in schools;
d. Tests and assessments;
e. Student recognition programs; and
f. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related activities;
2. The administration of any survey that delves into the restricted sensitive subject areas identified and listed above, or
3. The administration of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school not necessary to protect the immediate health of safety or other students and not otherwise permitted or required by state law.
NOTE: The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.
The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including a student’s or parent’s name, address, telephone number, or social security number.
NOTE: The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of format. It does not include tests or academic assessments.
Legal Reference: P.L. 103-227 Section 1017 (which amends Section 439 of the General Education Provisions Act)
P.L. 107-110 (HR 1 – “Leave No Child Behind”) 1061/1062 – Student Privacy, Parental Access to Information, and Administration of Certain Physical Examinations to Minors.
Regulation 34 CFR Part 99
Policy Adopted: May 18, 2010