Welcome to the Communications Page!
How will families know if school is closed or delayed? System officials work closely with all local media outlets to share school closing information. This information is also posted on the system's website and through social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. Families are encouraged to connect with Brunswick County Schools through social media as it would be an important tool if inclement weather caused the system's website to be unavailable.
Local Media Outlets:
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Brunswick County Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, Brunswick County Schools may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have notified your child's principal in writing.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations, including media outlets without a parent's prior written consent. In addition, two Federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information - names, addresses, and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want Brunswick County Schools to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify your child's principal in writing by September 15th of each school year. Brunswick County Schools has designated the following information as directory information:
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and height of members of an athletic team
- Dates of attendance
- Diplomas, certification and awards received
- Most recent previous school or educational institution attended by the student
- Grade level
- Pictures or videos taken on buses, school grounds, in school buildings and at school activities - with the exception of those pictures or videos generated by security and/or surveillance monitoring equipment - unless the picture or video may reveal confidential information about a student, including the identification of students involved in disciplinary actions and/or investigations
- Address, phone number, email address only if requested by law enforcement
Parent Portal Gives 24/7 Access to Student Records & Teacher Communication
Monitoring your child's academic performance, attendance records and communicating with teachers has never been easier thanks to the Parent Portal. Parent Portal is a feature of Home Base, the statewide instructional improvement and student information system.
Not yet signed into Parent Portal? No problem....it's easy! Parents/guardians of record must present photo identification at their child's school to receive login information. This process is necessary and will be followed to protect privacy, as logging into the Parent Portal allows access to educational records. It is a fast and easy way to stay in the know!
Communication Q & A
All flyer distribution must be approved for content, design, and subject matter and include our disclaimer. Flyer distribution requests should be forwarded to Tori Bullard. For additional information please see flyer approval on the Community tab.
The most important thing to remember when working to resolve conflict is to share and address concerns with the level closest to which the complaint originated. A complaint regarding a classroom issue should be heard first by the teacher and a complaint regarding the school should first be addressed by the principal. Once all attempts to resolve the issue at the source have been exhausted, our procedure for submitting a formal concern to district administrators can be found here.
For additional information, please see our policy on responding to complaints.