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Read West Islip school news and district ads in Newsday The Beacon and The Islip Bulletin; newspapers designated to carry West Islip legal notices for the 2020-2021 school year.


Release of Information About Students to the Public

Parents/guardians who object to the disclosure of their child’s directory information should notify the Superintendent of Schools in writing by September 15 of each school year. The Student Information Media Release Form must be completed and mailed to:

Superintendent of Schools
West Islip Public Schools
100 Sherman Avenue
West Islip, NY 11795

Please click here to download the form.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that allows schools to disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written parental consent, unless the parents have advised the school district in advance to the contrary. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in school publications, on the school website or in a video production and/or for release to the media. "Directory information" is information generally considered not harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.

Examples include:
- Honor Roll or other recognition lists (released to the media, posted on the district website, etc.)
- Graduation
- Sports stories in newspapers, including photos of athletes and/or the team
- A photo of your child in the district newsletter showing him/her during school hours

Please note that while the district will honor the request of a parent who has submitted written notification opting their child out of publicity, it is not responsible for media coverage of news, sporting or school happenings, musical presentations, Homecoming Parade, etc., done by reporters, photographers and the like.