SNTHS does not discriminate based on sex, age, race, color, religion, handicap, or national origin in the programs or activities that it operates. All operating policies of the school pertaining to but not limited to the instructional programs, and the employment of all professional and classified employees and students direct such nondiscrimination.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Most information about SNTHS students cannot be made public without the consent of parents or guardians. Federal law prohibits schools or the district from releasing information without permission, except for what is termed “directory information” (defined below). 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. However, schools do use discretion when they receive requests for directory information and will not release such information if it is the principal’s judgment that releasing such information would not be in the best interest of the student.
Parents and guardians or students 18 years of age or older who do NOT want directory information released must notify the school principal prior to October 1. A simple form has been created for this purpose and it is available at all high schools. This form allows for the information to be withheld from everyone, or just from military recruiters. If the form is not received by the school prior to October 1, the school and the district will assume that consent has been given.
The district’s policies on access to student information are in compliance with FERPA and Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 392.029 of the 1997 legislative session.
What is general directory information?
Certain information is made available to most other individuals 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 general directory information. Examples of general directory information are:
Name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address
Date and place of birth, photographs
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Field of study
Weight and height of athletes
Degrees and awards received
Dates of attendance
Most recent previous school attended
Parents have the right to see any documents or materials directly related to their children that are kept within the school or Clark County School District offices.
Who may obtain such information?
All legal parents and legal guardians. In the case of divorce, custodial and noncustodial parents have access to the child’s record, unless a legally binding document declares differently.
Children over the age of 18, emancipated minors, or those attending post-secondary institutions.
School officials or researchers working with the District or Nevada Department of Education with a legitimate educational interest.
School officials in a district to which the child intends to transfer.
Individuals connected with a health or safety emergency.
In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents (or students) have advised the LEA in writing by October 1st that they do not want the student’s information disclosed without prior written consent.
For additional information on FERPA or NPRA, contact the school principal.
The state department:
Nevada Department of Education
700 East Fifth Street
Carson City, Nevada 89710
Phone: (775) 687-9181
Parents/eligible students who believe their rights may have been violated may file a complaint by writing or phoning the Family Policy Compliance Office:
Family Policy and Compliance Office
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Phone: (202) 260-3887