Student library circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the school district libraries and media centers. As a general rule, student library circulation records are considered confidential records and will not be released without parental consent.
Individuals who may access such records include a student’s parents, the student, authorized licensed employees, authorized government officials from the US Comptroller General, the Secretary of Education, the Commissioner and Director of the National Institute of Education, and the Assistant Secretary for Education and State Education Department. Appropriate authorities in a health or safety emergency may access the student’s library circulation records without the approval or the notification of the student’s parents. Parents may not access records without the student’s permission of a student who has reached the age of majority or who is attending a post-secondary educational institution, unless the student is considered a dependent for tax purposes.
It is the school media specialist’s responsibility, as the person maintaining the student library circulation records, to approve requests for access to student library circulation records. A student’s library circulation records may be accessed during the regular business hours of the school district. If copies of documents are requested, a fee for such copying shall be charged.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with school media specialists, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
Reviewed: 4/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 11/17; 12/20
Related Policy (Code #): 505.6
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 22; 281 IAC 12.3(4); 20 USC § 1232g; 34 CFR Pt 99
IASB Reference: 506.4