Requests for official public records made under South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act can be submitted by completing a FOIA Request Form or by sending a written request to the Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources:
Joanne S. Avery, Ph.D.
Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources
Anderson School District Four
315 East Queen Street, Box 545
Pendleton, SC 29670
FOIA provides the public with access to existing non-exempt, official records of a public agency, but does not require the district to generate or create records. Certain categories of documents may be withheld, such as personnel records; student records; test and examinations used to evaluate student or employee performance; records relating to the security of students, staff and property; records protected fro disclosure under attorney-client privileges; executive session materials, etc.
All requests for documents are subject to charges based upon but not limited to staff time and the cost of copying and printing materials.
Release of Student Information
Individual student records (grades, test scores, evaluations, etc.) are not available for public inspection. This information is available to the student’s parents, legal guardians, or to the individual student of legal age. However, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) allows student information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy to be disclosed. FERPA refers to this as “directory information.”
The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Anderson Four to include this type of information in certain school publications. Examples include a playbill showing a student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; honor roll or other recognition lists; school or district Web sites; graduation programs; and school or district plays. It is also very practical in working with the news media, allowing a student to appear in newspaper articles and on television. Student directory information is also used specifically for armed services recruiting purposes and for informing young people of scholarship opportunities.
Directory information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous school attended.
Parents objecting to the release of this information should notify their child's school principal in writing within 15 days of receiving your school's Student Handbook. Hardcopies of this handbook are distributed by schools to students at the beginning of the school year and to students new to the district upon arrival.
If a written objection is not submitted to the school principal, the district is free to release this information as is appropriate. The use of any information by Anderson Four is for the promotion of our students’ and district’s welfare. Any questions concerning student records should be addressed to the guidance office of the individual school.