South San Francisco, CA February 19, 2016 From Dr. Shawnterra Moore, SSFUSD Superintendent
CDE Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data
Please read this message carefully, as you may want to take action regarding your student’s education records.
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including South San Francisco Unified School District. As part of the lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to provide to the court, the parties, their attorneys and consultants, with personally identifiable information. The data includes personally identifiable information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.
However, parents or guardians of students are able to object to the disclosure of their student’s information by submitting an objection to the court. Parents can find more information regarding this lawsuit and how to object to the disclosure of their student’s information at the following website: www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase.
To obtain the Objection to Disclosure Form please go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf.
Note that the deadline to submit an objection to the court is April 1, 2016.
To view the CDE news release “Superintendent Torlakson Voices Strong Support for Protecting Student Privacy and Explains Ways to Object to Disclosure of Student Data” please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel15.asp.
Please understand that the South San Francisco Unified School District is not a party to the lawsuit and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so.
If you have any questions, or require more information, please contact the California Department of Education directly at (916) 319-0800.
Dr. Shawnterra Moore, Superintendent