DID YOU KNOW that the No Child
Left Behind law requires high schools to turn over private
information about students to military recruiters? No Child Left
Behind has a provision requiring just that. Unless a family or 18
year old student designates otherwise, public schools must release
the name, address and phone number of students to military
recruiters upon request.
THERE IS AN OPTION for families
who want to maintain their privacy, which has become the focus of a
national movement to promote alternatives to military service.
That option, which Rock Valley Fellowship of
Reconciliation is promoting along with other organizations around
Wisconsin and the U.S., is “Opt Out.” Recruiters have been known to
be persistent in their attempts to contact students by phone, and in
some cases even bypass parents. According to an Ohio recruiter
quoted in the New York Times, “parents are the biggest hurdle
OPTING OUT MEANS that a parent or
18 year old student can fill out a form requesting that the school
NOT release contact information to military recruiters. This
protects the personal contact information of the student, though it
does not limit the activities of recruiters who are allowed on
school premises to talk with students directly.
HOW DOES A FAMILY PROTECT ITS PRIVACY AND
“OPT OUT”? You can choose between the following Opt Out
forms. The first is a Microsoft Word document. The
second is the same document in PDF format. Each form contains
two pages. The first page can be completed by a parent or
guardian, the second page can be used by a student, 18 years of age
or older. Submit the form to the School District of Janesville
using the address contained on the form.
Opt Out Form - Word
Out Form - PDF document
OPT OUT FORMS are NOT included as
part of the regular registration packets sent to families at the
start of the year. They are available at the Janesville school
district office, 527 S. Franklin St. Although there is no deadline
for submitting the request to "Opt Out," those interested are
encouraged to submit the request as soon as possible. The request
must be renewed every year.