Parent Notice of Potential Release of Student Information


February 18, 2016

The California Department of Education (“CDE”) is currently engaged in litigation with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), CDE has been ordered, among other things, to inform parents and students of the disclosure of such information. CDE has requested that school districts and SELPAs post the following link to CDE's website: The link provides a Notice and Objection form to allow parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children.

Please understand that the Gravenstein Union School District is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so. Also, please know that our district does not give student Social Security numbers to the CDE.

For more information, please contact CDE directly at (916) 319-0800. You can also view a discussion of this matter on the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) website here.