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Gloversville Enlarged School District

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May 29, 2017

Annual Notifications for parents

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

GLOVERSVILLE PARENTS: 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.

The primary purpose of the directory information is to allow Gloversville to include this type of information in school publications (district and school newsletters, calendar and other publications and the district web site) and for publicity of student accomplishments or specific educational programs to the electronic (television) and print (newspaper) media.

In practice, Gloversville has historically released a student’s name, grade, honor, awards and photographs in publications and to the media. Other directory information is not routinely released. A similar procedure regarding the release of information on the school district website is in place.

Parents not wishing information about their child to be used in either district publications, release to the media or on the district web site should write a letter to the principal of their child’s school. The signed and dated letter should state that directory information about (name of student) should not be released under FERPA. You do not have to give a reason. This letter must be sent annually by December 31.

Schools required to keep student height and weight data (BMI)

Because New York State is interested in data about children’s health, schools are required to keep height and weight data and to calculate students’ Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a way of checking for underweight or overweight youngsters based on their height and weight. Some schools will be surveyed by the state Department of Health each year and asked to share the number of pupils they have in each of six possible BMI categories based on students’ age and sex. If our district is surveyed by the state, we will only share group data (for instance, the number of second grade boys whose BMI is below the fifth percentile), not individual data. However, if parents wish their child’s data to be excluded from such group calculations, they may do so by contacting their school nurse.

Building Use Requests

School facilities may be used by district residents if approved by the Board of Education. Fees are charged for certain kinds of activities and/or for extra services which the district has to provide. If you wish to use school facilities, contact the principal. Insurance coverage is required.

Student rights

All students have the right to:

The right to the best education possible with the opportunity for continuous progress intellectually and emotionally.

The right to an educational environment that is stable, healthy and safe.

The right to ask questions and express opinions at the appropriate time and place.

The right to input decisions affecting the student population through elected or selected representatives.

The right to counseling and confidentiality of records.

The right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion or national origin.

The right to equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

The right to participate in extracurricular activities.

The right to due process as it applies to enforcement of school rules and regulations.

Student Records information

In accordance with federal and state laws and regulations regarding the maintenance of student records, the GESD Board of Education recognizes the legal requirement to protect the confidentiality of student records. The Superintendent of Schools shall ensure that the procedures for the confidentiality of student records shall be consistent with federal and state law pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of Education. It is the intent of the GESD to limit the disclosure of information contained in a student’s education records except by prior consent of the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) or the eligible student, unless otherwise provided by law.

Statement of Rights

Parent(s) or guardian(s) and eligible students have the following rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

The right to inspect and review the student’s record.

The right to be provided, on request, with a copy of all or part of the student’s education record.

The right to exercise a limited control over other people’s access to the student’s education record.

The right to designate a representative who will inspect, review, or copy such records.

The right to request and receive from the district a reasonable explanation of information contained in the education record of the student.

The right to seek to correct the student’s education record, at a hearing if necessary.

The right to report violations of FERPA to the Department of Education.

The right to be informed about FERPA rights.

All rights and protections held by a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) under FERPA shall vest with the student when he or she reaches the age of 18, or enrolls in a post-secondary school. For purposes of federal law, the student shall then become an “eligible student.” Additionally, on application of the parent(s) or guardian(s), a school record shall be issued promptly to a minor who presents a certificate of physical fitness and meets the specified age requirement.

No Child Left Behind Act

Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers including:

Whether state requirements and licensing criteria have been met for the grade level and subject area being taught.

If the teacher is working under emergency or other provisional status for state qualifications and licensing criteria have been waived.

The teacher’s college major and subsequent advanced degrees. If an uncertified teacher will be working in a classroom for four or more weeks.

Requests for this information may be directed to the Superintendent’s Office, Gloversville Enlarged School District, 234 Lincoln Ave, Gloversville, NY 12078.

Release of military information

NCLB also requires that school districts disclose to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of our high school students. However, parents or students may request, in writing, that the district NOT release such information. Parents, or students who are at least 18 years old, may exercise the option to withhold their consent to release this information by contacting the high school principal’s office. For a military opt out form, click here.

Title IX and Section 504 Notice

The Gloversville Enlarged School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or age. Inquiries concerning this policy of equal opportunity should be directed to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, 234 Lincoln Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.

Asbestos Notification

In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the Gloversville Enlarged School District put in place a management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. The Asbestos Management Plan for the district is kept on file at the District Office. These records are available for review during regular business hours(8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) or by making a special appointment. For more information, contact the Office of Buildings and Grounds at 775-5780.

Annual Go Home Early Drill

Each November, Gloversville Schools sends its students home 15 minutes early to test its Emergency Management Plan. The “Go Home Early Drill” is required once a year by the New York State Education Department. The purpose of the early dismissal drill is to test the effectiveness of the transportation and communications systems in the event of an emergency.

Photo Opt-Out Form

Classroom activities and school events sometimes are photographed for purposes of submission to news media or school (newsletters, website, brochure, etc.)  If you do NOT wish to have your child photographed, sign and return this form to the school’s secretary.

Gloversville School District is not responsible for the news media coverage of events and photographs.

At any time you wish to change your child’s status, the form will be available at the school office.