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Access to Student Records

Schoharie Central School District complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law states that parents and students over 18 years of age have the right to inspect and review their children’s education records or to request the amendment of records believed to be inaccurate or misleading. Student records are private unless the parent or student older than 18 consents to disclosure of personally identifiable information.

An appointment may be arranged to review official records by contacting the guidance office at (518) 295-6611. Appropriate school personnel must be present at the time of inspection to prevent misinterpretation of the records.

Accounting for Resident Minors

NYS Education Law also requires each public school district to account for the education of all resident minors. Please help Schoharie Central School District comply with this requirement. If your child is home-schooled or attends a private or parochial school and has not previously been registered, please call the elementary office (K-6) at (518) 295-6651 or the high school guidance office (7-12) at (518) 295-6611.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

The Schoharie Central School District has performed triennial re-inspections and updated its files in accordance with the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regarding all of its school buildings Periodic surveillances are performed every six months. Interested persons may review a copy of the AHERA management plan in the district’s business office at 136 Academy Drive in Schoharie during regular business hours.

Body Mass Index

New York state requires schools to track each student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. BMI is determined after weighing a student and measuring his or her height.

The state uses BMI information to develop programs to promote child health. Each year, the Department of Health surveys selected schools for the number of students in six weight status categories.

If Schoharie Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district shares summary group data only, not individual student names or information.
Parents or guardians who wish to exclude their child’s data from summary information should contact Elementary School Nurse Sherry Roy, R.N. at (518) 295-6660, or Jr./Sr. High School Nurse Suzan Weber, R.N. at (518) 295-6634.

Disclosure to the Military

Pursuant to ESSA, Schoharie Central School District must disclose to military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students. Parents and students age 18 or older have the right to request that the district not release such information without prior written consent. Those who do not want such information released should contact the guidance office at (518) 295-6611.

Drug Free/Tobacco Free School Zone

Schoharie Central School is considered a Drug Free/Tobacco Free School Zone. Anyone arrested and convicted of selling or using illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of school property will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, by civil authorities. Penalties are harsher in this zone than in the community at large. Signs are posted at the entrances to our buildings and on school grounds, to serve as a warning that our district has no tolerance for illegal drugs.

Emergency Management Plan

The Schoharie Central School District has developed an Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan as required by the State Education Law, Section 155.13. It is required that each public school district have emergency plans in place and that the information on emergency procedures be provided to all students and staff. The district provides training throughout the school year and conducts at least 12 fire drills as well as a “Go Home” drill to test the transportation and communication systems. Emergency evacuation information is posted in each classroom. For more information, contact the Superintendent’s office at (518) 295-6679.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Schoharie Central School District to offer equal opportunity and to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or military status, national origin, disability, or age in admissions, participation or employment.

Such assurances are in accordance with federal laws and regulations, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI and Title VII), the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1967, the Education Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sect. 504), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (Title II), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy may be directed to Title IX Officers Linda Nevulis at (518) 295-6657 or Sarah Blood at (518) 295-6673. There are strict time limits for filing charges of employment discrimination.

Those who believe they have been discriminated against should promptly contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), (800) 669-4000 (toll-free) or (800) 669-6820 (toll-free TTY number for individuals with hearing impairments). EEOC field office information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Further information is available in the Schoharie Central School District office at 136 Academy Drive in Schoharie during regular business hours.

Firearms Prohibited

Under Board of Education policy and federal and state law, no person shall bring a firearm on Schoharie Central School District premises. In accordance with the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, any student who, after a hearing held pursuant to Education Law Section 3214, is found guilty of bringing a firearm onto the premises of any property of Schoharie Central School District will be subject to a penalty of at least a one-year suspension from school.

However, in determining an appropriate penalty, the superintendent of schools may modify the suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis, considering among other things the totality of circumstances surrounding the offense and the student’s previous record.

 These may include, but are not limited to, the age of the student; the student’s grade in school; the student’s prior disciplinary record; the superintendent’s belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective; and other extenuating circumstances. Police officers on duty are the only people permitted on school property to have a weapon in their possession. NYS Penal Law Section 265.01 (d) addresses possession of firearms on school property.

Fire Inspection Notice

The annual inspection for 2017 of the school buildings of Schoharie Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein, has been completed. The report is available at the Schoharie Central School District office for inspection by all interested persons.

Homeless Students

Parents of homeless students and unaccompanied youths (youths not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) have the following rights:
• The right to attend the school they previously attended or to attend school in the district of current location.
• The right to be enrolled even though the admission requirements have not been completed and prior student records are not available.
• The right to transportation to and from school.

For more information regarding these rights, please contact the Homeless Children and Youth Liaison, Linda Nevulis, at (518) 295-6657.

Parents’ Right To Know

In accordance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents/guardians have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. Specifically, they have the right to request the following information:

• Whether the teacher has met New York State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas he/she teaches.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status under which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
• The teacher’s college major.
• Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and if so, the subject of those degrees.
• If the child received services from any instructional assistants or similar parapr

Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law

ofessionals, the qualifications of those individuals.

The Schoharie Central School District is taking an aggressive, yet precautionary approach to dealing with pesticides in and around its schools. The develop-ment and implementation of the district’s integrated pest management (IPM) program is the key to achieving pesticide use reduction, while providing effective and economical pest control.

Any public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school that uses a pesticide product as a last resort in addressing a pest problem must comply with the Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law (section 409-h of the Education Law). This notice is to inform all parents, guardians and staff that pesticide products may be used periodically throughout the school year.

Anyone who wishes to receive a 48-hour written advanced notice from the school of an actual pesticide application should contact SCS Director of Facilities Shawn Gathen at (518) 295-6689.

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

The Schoharie Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regulations (Education Law 2-d), the district is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security:

-  A student’s personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial or marketing purposes.

- Parents/guardians have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record, including any student data maintained by Schoharie Central School District.

- State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.

- A complete list of all student data elements collected by the state is available for public review in an Excel file at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/sirs/documentation/NYSEDstudentData.xlsx

Parents/guardians may also obtain a copy of this list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.

- Parents/guardians have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools, Schoharie Central School District, P.O. Box 430, 136 Academy Dr., Schoharie, N.Y. 12157; (518) 295-6679.

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment - Student Privacy

Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, parents may exercise their right to opt their children out of participation in any survey that reveals information on certain types of personal behavior or political beliefs. In addition, parents have the opportunity to exclude their children from any activities in which personal information will be gathered from students and used for marketing purposes. Policies are also in place to address the administration of physical exams and screenings by the district.

Release of Student Directory Information

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows schools to disclose, without parental consent, certain “directory information” such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in athletics, honors and awards, photograph and dates of attendance, unless parents have advised the district to the contrary.

Such information may be published on the Schoharie Central School District website and social media, in school publications or released to the media to recognize student achievement or to depict school activities. Parents who object to the disclosure of their children’s directory information should notify both the superintendent of schools and their child’s building principal in writing on or before Oct. 15 of each school year.

Special Needs

Children with special needs may be entitled to additional services from the school district. If your child has special needs which may not be known to school administration, please call the special education office at (518) 295-6657.

 

 

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