IF YOUR ARE A JUNIOR OR SENIOR IN THE 2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR:
Both federal and state laws require that school districts provide military recruiters access to secondary school students. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, and Pennsylvania Act 10 (The Armed Forces Recruiting Act) reflect these requirements. They collectively require school districts to provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as they provide to postsecondary institutions or to prospective employers.
To ensure we are in compliance with the collective laws, school districts are required to provide names, addresses, and telephone listings of junior and senior year students to military recruiters, when requested, unless a parent has "opted out" of providing such information.
School districts must advise parents in writing of this obligation and give them at least 21 days to make a written request to be excluded from the list before it is made available for release (51 P.S. § 20222(a)). Parents must be notified of this obligation no later than the end of the student's junior year. Military recruiters are entitled to request and receive these lists throughout the year.
Additional background on this requirement may be found in the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Web site (www.pde.state.pa.us) in Basic Education Circular (BEC) Access to Secondary Students. The BEC also contains the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) information.
Attached below is the exemption request form that is provided to students.