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By submitting this form, I expressly consent and authorize ACCEL Schools to contact me at the number(s) provided via text or short message service (SMS) as well as by phone, regarding educational matters. I understand that these calls may be generated using automated technology and that message and data rates may apply, for which I will be solely financially responsible.

FOIA Requests

Schools, like all other government entities, are required under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make certain public records available for inspection. Under FOIA, the “public records” subject to request include any writing made, kept or maintained by a school, subject, however, to various exclusions, such as protected student information. The purpose of this law is to allow the citizens to see into the operations of the government and how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

The records of Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy (EPPA) are public unless otherwise protected from disclosure and shall be available for inspection during regular business hours upon request made to EPPA in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures described here and/or otherwise put in place from time to time. There is no duty to create a public record that does not already exist or to answer questions.

If you wish to submit a FOIA request to EPPA, please first review the information on this page and follow all applicable instructions. EPPA is proud to be transparent and will respond to all FOIA requests submitted in accordance with procedures outlined here.

Confidential Student Records

EPPA believes that honest communication between parents and the teachers, principals and members of the community regarding our children’s education is critical to the success of each student. We do everything we can within the law to keep your child’s personal education information confidential.

Is my child’s educational information disclosable under FOIA?
No. FOIA is subject to various exclusions and exceptions, including those that protect student privacy.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects a broad range of information about students from public inspection. Under this Federal law (which is recognized by FOIA), “student-identifiable education information” cannot be disclosed to anyone who doesn’t need it to educate the student in a school without parent consent. This protected information includes grades and test scores, special education information, discipline records, student health information, and communications between parents and the school about the student’s education. In addition, state law protects student addresses (including email addresses), and telephone numbers.

How does EPPA protect my student’s information?
When EPPA receives a request for records under FOIA, we undertake a private, internal review of all relevant records to identify and remove student education information. In most instances where records and emails reference students, the entire record is protected from public disclosure.

Submit FOIA Request

Requested information will be returned in five business days if documents are readily available. Additional time may be necessary if documents are not easily obtained.

Please submit requests by completion of the EPPA FOIA Request Form.


Copies: $0.25/page

For payment

Please send a check or money order to Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy at 449 Rose Hill Drive, Kearneysville, WV 25430, Attention: FOIA Requests, Phil Petru.