District Legal Notices, Policies, etc.
Below are policies, legal notices and information on other types of useful notifications for Schuylerville parents and community members. If you don't see the information you're seeking, please call the district at (518) 695-3255.
Click on the link below to view a specific policy.
2013-14 Code of Conduct [PDF file]
2012-13 Dignity for All Students Act Policy [PDF file]
2013-14 Athletic Code of Conduct [PDF file]
2012-13 Code of Conduct [PDF file]
Allergy Awareness Protocol [PDF file]
Pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c, parents
and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and
composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and for the
principal of the school building to which your child is assigned for the
current school year (i.e., the 2013-2014 school year). Please be advised
that the law does not allow and prohibits the release of any additional
information about the individual teacher beyond the final rating and
composite score. The purpose of this notice is to inform you of this
right and the process by which you may request such information.
Only parents and legal guardians may have access to the final quality rating and composite score of the student’s teacher(s) and principal. The school district is required by the law to take reasonable steps to insure that the person requesting the information is a parent or legal guardian of the student to whom the teacher(s) or principal is assigned. Therefore, any request must be in writing on the authorized request form [PDF file]. No oral requests will be honored. The school district may request additional verification, such as licenses or other photo identification, to verify that the person requesting the information is the parent or legal guardian of the student. In the case of legal guardians, the school district will require proof of guardianship (e.g., court orders, etc.). The status of the requesting person will be verified against other information concerning the student in the possession of the school district (e.g., information or documents submitted at the time of registration) and the requesting person will be notified once the request has been verified and approved.
Once the request is approved, an appointment with the administrator, or designated individual authorized to release such information, will be arranged. At the meeting the rating and score will be verbally provided. At this same meeting, the parent or guardian will also receive the required explanation regarding the rating and score to best understand them in the context of teacher evaluation and student performance. In the event a parent or guardian is unable to meet in person, they may receive the information verbally by phone.
Since all of the information needed to establish final teacher and principal ratings and composite scores is not provided until the beginning of school (i.e., final information is often provided by the State Education Department to school districts on or around September 1), the availability to receive the final rating and composite scores for a student’s teacher(s) and principal for the 2013-2014 school year shall not be accessible by parents/legal guardians until September 16, 2013. Requests for the information may be made anytime on or after that date.
You should also be advised that a teacher or principal may appeal their final rating and composite score. This will impact both the timing of when such information can be provided to a parent or guardian since, if an appeal is filed by the teacher or principal to the APPR rating, then the rating and composite score will not be available until that appeal process has concluded.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the superintendent of schools (or other designated administrator). You can also click here to read an informational brochure about the APPR process [PDF file].
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Under the No Child Left Behind legislation and the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the district is
required to provide information to parents
about their right to inspect student records and disclosure of student directory information. Here's what you need to know:
Parents and 18-year-old students may inspect official records relating to the students, including progress reports, grades, aptitude and achievement test scores, psychological tests and teacher evaluations. A record may be challenged by parents or 18-year-olds when they believe it to be inaccurate or misleading. The principal may remove designated material if in agreement with the challenge. If the principal does not agree, the parent may appeal to the Superintendent either to have it removed or to add explanatory comments to the record in question.
Individual student records are confidential and are not released to colleges, employers or elsewhere without written permission subject to the following exceptions. District schools may forward educational records to other schools that have requested them and in which a Schuylerville student seeks or intends to enroll. What the law refers to as "directory information" may be made public for school purposes unless a parent informs us in writing that they do not want this information made public. Directory information that we may make public includes: a pupil's name, address, phone number, grade level, honors or awards received, dates of attendance, photograph, age, membership in school athletic teams, activities or clubs, and (for athletes only) height and weight. Directory information is primarily made public so that students' accomplishments can be included in various publications, such as concert programs, yearbooks or honor rolls.
Parents and 18-year-old pupils have the right to opt out of the disclosure of directory information by submitting a written request to Elementary School Principal Gregg Barthelmas (for Elementary School students), Middle School Principal Mary Kate Elsworth (for Middle School students) or High School Student Services Director John Haggerty (for High School students). Requests need to be submitted annually and by September 10 of each school year. They can be dropped off in the main office of each building or sent to: Schuylerville Central School District, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Questions about school policies in connection with the family rights and privacy law can be addressed to building principal or the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ryan Sherman.
Pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school district must disclose to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of our high school students. Parents have the right to request in writing that the district not release this information. Requests should be mailed to Director of Student Services John Haggerty, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871 or dropped off at the main office of the High School.
From time to time, student photos, video, audio, information (name, grade level, teacher, school, honor roll, awards, art work, etc.) are released for use in district publications, on the district's website, in the media and on district-sanctioned social media websites to depict Schuylerville Central School District activities. If you object to the use of your photos, video, audio or information featuring your child, please submitting a written "opt-out" request to Elementary School Principal Gregg Barthelmas (for Elementary School students), Middle School Principal Mary Kate Elsworth (for Middle School students) or High School Student Services Director John Haggerty (for High School students). Requests need to be submitted annually and by September 10 of each school year. They can be dropped off in the main office of each building or sent to: Schuylerville Central School District, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871.
Schuylerville Central School District adheres to the
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) as administered by the New York
State Committee on Open Government, an agency that is part of the New
York State Department of State. Under the Freedom of Information Law,
citizens may request review of certain school district records. Not all
information held by a school district is open for public inspection.
here to view the type of information that is deemed public under the
Freedom of Information Law.
Those seeking information under the law from the district should submit a letter to District Clerk Judi Dunkel detailing the records that you are interested in viewing or copying. The information should be as specific as possible. The request letter may be mailed to Judi Dunkel, Schuylerville Central School District, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12831 or e-mailed to Judi Dunkel at email@example.com. After receiving the letter, the district clerk will acknowledge the request within five days and indicate whether the information will be provided within the next 20 days. If the information requires extensive research, the time period may exceed 20 days. For more information, please call the district at (518) 695-3255, ext. 3242.
School nurses dispense all medications (including over-the-counter medicines). State regulation prohibits the administration of any medication without a physician's order and parent's written permission. ALL medications must be brought in to school by an adult and in the original containers. The instruction for administering the medication must match the written instructions provided by the child's physician. Medications cannot be dispensed unless the two sets of instructions match.
New York State Education Law and the New York State Education Department
Commissioner have adopted the Pesticide Notification requirement in
schools effective July 1, 2001. This law requires all public and private
schools to provide written notification to all persons who wish to
receive 48-hour notification of certain pesticide applications. The
following pesticides/applications are not subject to prior notification:
The school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours after the application;
Rodent bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
Insecticidal baits in tamper-resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
Silica gels and other nonvolatile ready-to-use pastes, foams or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
Boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
Application of EPA-designated biopesticides;
EPA-designated exempt materials;
The use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from imminent threat from stinging and biting insects, including venomous spiders, bees, wasps and hornets.
If an emergency application is necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on a notification list. To receive 48-hour notification, please send a written request including your name, address, daytime phone number and evening phone number. The request should also include which buildings (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Administration Building, Bus Garage) you'd like to be notified about. Send the written request to: Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Peter Riggi, Schuylerville Central School District, 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Peter Riggi is the school district pesticide representative. He can be reached by telephone at 695-3255, ext. 3270 or by fax at 695-6491.
In accordance with the EPA "Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act" (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the Schuylerville Central School District was required to perform the triennial asbestos reinspection and update the AHERA Management Plan. Schuylerville Central School District completed the triennial inspection in June 2007 and will complete the next round of inspections by July 9, 2010. In accordance with AHERA, the district must also examine the existing asbestos in each building at least every six months. The asbestos in the district is being check in December and June of each year. The plan for the district is available at the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds' office and records are available for review Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Schuylerville Central School District has developed the Emergency and Disaster Management Preparedness plan as required by New York State Education Law Section 155.13. The regulation requires that each public school district have Emergency Management Plans in place and that information on emergency procedures be provided to all students and staff. The district will provide training throughout the year and conduct at least 12 fire drills, as well as a "go home" drill to test transportation and communication systems. Emergency evacuation information is posted in each classroom. For additional information on the Asbestos Management Plan or the Emergency Management Plan, please contact: LEA Designee/Emergency Coordinator Pete Riggi at 695-3255 or Superintendent Ryan Sherman at 695-3255.
The Schuylerville Central School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including vocational educational opportunities, without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or handicap. Secondary vocational education opportunities available to district residents under the age of 21 are courses in business education, home economics, and technology industrial arts programs. Inquiries regarding this non-discriminatory policy may be directed to the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ryan Sherman or his designee. These officials will provide information, including complaint procedures, to any citizen, student or employee who feels that his/her Title IX or section 504 have been violated by the district or its officials.
Schuylerville parents and community members are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications regarding sex offenders who take up residence in the school district; similar information also is available on a website maintained by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice. With the availability of these tools, law enforcement agencies no longer share sex offender information with school districts.
"The safety of our students is always our top priority, so we want to be sure everyone is aware of the tools that are available to keep children safe," said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman.
If you'd like to receive the notifications (which can be sent via e-mail, text message or fax), please go to the NY-Alert Civilians Portal website and complete the registration and verification process. Please note that this is a broad-based alert system, which includes signing up for weather and other emergency-type alerts. The option to receive alerts about sex offenders is an option you can choose after you proceed through the first few screens during the registration process.
The New York State Department of
Criminal Justice's sex offender website lists high-risk (Level 3)
offenders. In most cases, the information includes names, aliases,
addresses, photos and details of the convictions. The site can be
reached by clicking
here. Scroll down the page until you reach the question, "How do I
search for a sex offender?" Click on the link within that text and
you'll be redirected to a page where you can conduct a search by
entering a county name, a zip code or a person's name.
The dissemination of information about convicted sex offenders was part of the Sex Offender Registration Act, more commonly known as Megan’s Law. The law requires sex offenders convicted of certain specified crimes to register with the state and that communities be alerted to their presence whenever possible.
Convicted sex offenders are classified using a three-tier system – Level 1 (low risk for re-offending), Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (highest risk). The risk level assignment determines how much notification is given to the public and/or law enforcement agencies.
The Schuylerville Central School District website is designed to
provide information about the district. Although no confidential
information is displayed on this site, the district reserves the right
to inspect and control all information that flows into and out of this
site. Supervisory control of material will be enforced.
Schuylerville Central School District strives to keep website information up to date, but cannot guarantee that the information provided is accurate. Please call the district at (518) 695-3255 to verify information. Any mistakes in Web site information that are brought to our attention will be corrected as soon as possible. Schuylerville Central School District makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, that the functions, services or information provided by or through our website will be error-free or without defect. The district accepts no liability or responsibility for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The district accepts no liability or responsibility for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the website.
The Schuylerville Central School District website contains links to other Internet resources. While the district strives to offer only high-quality links, we cannot be responsible for the evolving content on any other sites. Links are provided as a service only.
Schuylerville Central School District claims copyright ownership of all information on the district’s website, unless expressly stated otherwise. Other educational institutions may reproduce and distribute, for educational use only, any information on this website as long as Schuylerville Central Schools is given credit and the copyright notice shown on this page is inserted at the head of any copies made. No information from this website may be used for commercial purposes unless Schuylerville Central School District gives its written authorization. Questions about permission should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.