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Directory Information

Directory information is information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of Directory Information


Houston School Designated Directory Information


Typically, "directory information" includes information such as


  • Student's name
  • Address
  • Grade level
  • Date and place of birth
  • Telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Dates of attendance
  • Photograph
  • The annual yearbook
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports to include sport programs and sport group photos
    Honor roll or other recognition lists
  • Graduation programs;
  • Houston R-1 School District webpage and Facebook page 
  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production etc;


A school may disclose "directory information" to third parties without consent if it has given public notice of the types of information which it has designated as "directory information."


The parent's or eligible student's right to restrict the disclosure of such information, must notify the school district in writing that he or she does not want any or all of those types of information designated as "directory information." 34 CFR § 99.3 and 34 CFR § 99.37.


For more information, see the PTAC publication Protecting Student Privacy Online Educational Services