Information to Parents/Guardians

Dear RCS Community,

You may or may or may not have seen the attached article (SJ Mercury News, 2/16/16) about pending litigation against the California Department of Education (CDE).

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently involved in a lawsuit in which the court ordered CDE to produce confidential student information related to all students who have attended a California school since January 1, 2008.  This order may result in a release of your student’s confidential information.  To object to this
release of information, parents must fill out and mail an objection form to the court no later than April 1, 2016.  The form and further information is available in both English and Spanish on the CDE’s website at:

Objection to Release of Student Data – Due April 1, 2016.

While submitting a form will not guarantee your student’s information will not be released, it is the only means for expressing an objection to the current order.  The court also issued a Protective Order, which prohibits the plaintiff from disclosing any confidential information to anyone other than the parties, plaintiff’s attorneys and/or consultants, and the court.  Thus, the information is NOT permitted to be disclosed to the public generally or used for any reason outside of this lawsuit, and all information must be returned to the CDE or destroyed at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

It is important to note, however, that only CDE has been named as a defendant in this case, and therefore only CDE is required to comply with the Court Order.  Delta Elementary Charter School and Lighthouse Charter School are not required to disclose any information directly to the court nor to the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association or the Concerned Parents Association or otherwise acquire consent to release information.

If you have any questions, please contact CDE directly at 916-319-0800.