Academies of the Antelope Valley

Objections to Disclosure of Student Records

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Parent Notice of Potential Release of Student Information
PLEASE READ AND SHARE, YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED

February 29, 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.

The Court has appointed a special master to assist with the discovery process and ensure confidentiality, but the records being disclosed may contain personally identifiable student information such as social security numbers. Affected parties include all of the following:
1. Parents and guardians of a child with disabilities
2. Parents and guardians of a student who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008
3. Anyone over the age of 18 who is currently attending a California school or attended a California school since January 1, 2008

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: www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. 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.

The form is attached to this notice and is available on the Antelope Valley Union High School District website and each school site’s home page in English and Spanish. In addition, the main office of all district schools have hard copies of the form available. Timely mailing of the form is the responsibility of the parent and/or student. Objections must be received by the court by April 1, 2016, therefore it is recommended that mailing take place no later than March 29, 2016.

Both letters and objection forms should be mailed to:
The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller c/o Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Room 4-200, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Please understand that the district is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so. For more information, please contact CDE directly at (916) 319-0800.